It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is nothing more dangerous than a girl let loose in a craft store with a 40% off coupon. Don’t you agree? That’s how I ended up treating myself to a copy of Jane Austen Knits, and became inspired to get out the needles and actually finish the project that had languished on them for months (since Christmas, ahem…) and start another!
Now, I had seen this magazine out in its first edition but thought “there is no way I can knit that complicated stuff, I’m not even going to look.” Now I’m sorry I didn’t because I didn’t realize they also had articles and didn’t anticipate that the patterns would get me so inspired to drop everything and knit a bit, it also has me a bit curious….
You see, I am a pretty adept simple knitter. I can cast on and off with ease and make nice stitches, knit, purl, increase, decrease, rib, and do simple knitting patterns like the seed stitch. I also finally figured out knitting in the round and can whip up a pretty adorable gnome hat, thanks to Dani from Pumpkinhaus.
But I’m curious about those of you who are skilled knitters— whipping up things like socks and mittens and sweaters and the like. How did you take your knitting to the next level? How did you learn to make a pattern make sense in your mind and not just like some complicated code made up by the Bingley sisters to keep you in utter confusion? I’d love to know!
So, any advice on making my way towards advanced knitting would be greatly appreciated. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a good jump on this year’s Christmas presents! That would be good! At the moment I have some of the blue wool I bought at Shepherd’s Cross on the needles and I’m making a button up cowl in the seed stitch. I think I might just make a bunch of odds and ends and then when Christmas comes, decide who gets what. It’ll be like shopping in my own knitwear store!
Of course there will still be lots of painting to do, and I’m still working on the Austen project (Austen on the brain, much? Yesterday I watched Sense and Sensibility and Cold Comfort Farm while knitting. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Cold Comfort Farm and it’s tongue-in-cheek gothic parodies and the costumes!)
Well, have a good Friday and a good weekend!
Til next time,
PS: I redecorated the blog yesterday! What do you think of the darker look?