The Knitumentary Project Week #4 – Knitting on the Beach and Using the Early Morning Hours as a Conduit for Creativity

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Join the Journey

Beach knitting? Don’t I wish with all this crazy winter weather! In this week’s post, I reflect on how each project made holds its own story, and one of those that I share here was knitting on the beach each day this past summer.

So about Mimosa– hope you are plugging away. Last week, your “homework” was to work up the the armholes. How’d you do? Jump on the Ravelry post here to share your photos.

The weekends are my prime knitting time and the one thing I love about working on a new project, especially a sweater, is that I can always remember the events that occurred in my life while I was making it. With that in mind this weekend, I’ve been reflecting on fond memories of this past summer vacationing in Cape Cod, Mass., and I spent each leisurely day knitting on the beach, creating a neckerchief design that will soon appear in the Summer 2015 issue of Creative Knitting. I’m calling it Summer Morning Sky because the yarn reminds me of the shades of pink streaks you see across the sky right before sunrise.

Knitting at the beach. It just can't get any better than this!

Knitting at the beach. It just can’t get any better than this!

Each morning I would head to the beach with my chair, project and journal to capture thoughts that surfaced, snap photos of the stitches as the light hit them, and any other inspiration that would strike.

Journal writing sparks ideas and wakes up the mind!

Journal writing sparks ideas and wakes up the mind!

Speaking of morning time– each day before I head off to work, I spend time knitting to set the tone for the day ahead. Since starting Mimosa, I’ve been enjoying the process, especially in the morning because it’s so quiet and all I can hear are my needles clicking and feel the yarn gliding through my fingers.

I sit in the same spot each day in the third bedroom of my house which I fondly consider my little morning sanctuary. I sit cozily with my legs resting on a small ottoman covered with a colorful lapghan I made a few years ago.

My mind is so still and tranquil in the first few hours of the day and I take advantage of this meditative time each morning when time seems to almost stand still.

My little morning sanctuary.

My little morning sanctuary.

Do you set aside morning time to knit as a way to create a launchpad for your day? 

Weekly Challenge

If you’re on track and you’ve worked to the armholes, here are your next steps:

  • Mark the start of your armholes with either split ring markers or safety pins on each end of the row.
  • Work even until the armhole measurement as noted in the pattern based on your size.
  • Shape the shoulders and bind off your remaining 63 sts.

See you back here next Sunday, March 1st!

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Fiber Fun Friday – Get Your Weekend Mojo with Some Knitting Inspiration!


Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Happy Friday! Today’s theme is all about knitting inspiration and things that will help you ignite your mojo this weekend!

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

If any of you out there have joined me for the Knitumentary, stay tuned for this Sunday’s post which is all about finding your own “morning knitting sanctuary.” You can read the past few posts here.

 Quick Knit Tip: The Art of Practicing Patience

If cultivating patience is beneficial, then why is it so hard to develop? Speaking from my own experience, I make it a habit to try every day and if I mess up, I just get back on the horse again. That good old quote:”patience is a virtue” is one that I try to live by and every day my hope is that I’m getting just a little closer to my goal of achieving it. Read more here.

Have patience with the process!

Have patience with the process!


 5 Tips to Beat a Creative Slump

If you find yourself feeling uninspired with your knitting, check out my 5 tips to ignite your mojo! Read more here.

Make a yarn bouquet to make you and others HaPpY!

Make a yarn bouquet to make you and others HaPpY!


Have Faith and Take the First Step!

Take the first step with faith!

Take the first step with faith!

I often find that if I’m not familiar with a stitch pattern or if instructions seem a little obscure, I remind myself that it’s just knitting! What’s the worst that could happen? Just some lost time, ripping back and maybe a little impatience. Read this post and knit on with faith!

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Knitumentary Week #3- Your Questions Answered and a Peek Inside My Knitting Notebook

So last week our weekly challenge was to cast on and begin the Back portion of Mimosa for 7 inches. Unfortunately, I only made it to about 3 1/2 inches as you can see. I was very ambitious, but didn’t quite hit the mark. :(

Did you make it to the 7-inch mark or did you already knit up to the armholes? Please share your progress!

I didn't quite make it to 7 inches as anticipated. Maybe next week!

I didn’t quite make it to 7 inches as anticipated. Maybe next week!

Your questions are answered!

Over the course of the past few weeks, some of you have written with some really great questions, which I’d like to share here for everyone’s benefit:

Robritt asks:

I have knitted several Sweaters from Creative Knitting, my favorite was Lacy Denim cardigan on page 29 of the Sept 2009 issue which I have done several times. My problem is, for some reason, that when I do lace I have trouble with repeat designs if it continues across the material. I have no problem doing small repeats but continuous designs really get me. I wonder if your can offer any suggestions that might help me with thus syndrome or whatever you want to call it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

My response:

Hi Robritt,
Funny you should ask because I mention how to keep track in my Week #2 post, which you can read here. I’ll also explain here – to keep track of repeats, simply block out each one by placing a marker in between each section. If you lose track, all you need to do is focus on the stitches that are between the markers you’re working on to see where you lost track or missed a stitch. Does that make sense?

Adrienne asks:

I would like to join the Knitumentary, however I want to knit the Mimosa pullover a little longer, 26″ long. Is that possible?

My response:

Of course. All you need to do is knit for a few more inches than what the pattern instructions state before you mark the armholes. Hope that makes sense.
Let me know if you have any more questions!

Have a peek inside my notebook

Do you tack your swatches in a pretty notebook or binder? here’s a look inside of mine. I actually like to “super size” the chart 200 percent on a photo copier so I can easily keep track. Personally, I’d rather rely on a chart if one is provided because I find it to be a more intuitive way to follow a pattern.

Super size your chart!

Super size your chart 200 percent for easy reading.

Weekly Challenge – Let’s knit up to the armholes and I’ll see you here next week!


Fiber Fun Friday–Patty’s Purls of Wisdom and the Knitumentary is Going Strong!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Week #2 The Knitumentary Project

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Join the Journey

So what do you think so far? Has my suggestion for using stitch markers helped? I’m plugging away on the Week #2 “assignment” to work 7 inches. I’m not there yet but I’m determined to get lots done between tonight and tomorrow. Anyone there yet? Give a shout out on this post sharing your progress.

The gauge swatch provides you with clue about the project before you even start.

The gauge swatch provides you with clue about the project before you even start.

Also…the Swatch Challenge is still open for entries! I’m extending this to March 1st so you can focus on making your sweater for now. You can read the details in this post to take advantage of this opportunity and maybe even get your swatch published in Creative Knitting magazine! 

Patty’s Purls of Wisdom – New Feature

Patty's Purls of Wisdom

Patty’s Purls of Wisdom

We’re looking for your most BURNING questions when it comes to knitting. Share your funny stories, tips and useful advice with Patty Lyons for this new column, appearing in the Summer 2015 issue of Creative Knitting magazine!

For more details, read this post, or send your questions to:

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Patty’s Purls of Wisdom– NEW Feature in Creative Knitting Magazine!

Patty's Purls of Wisdom

Patty’s Purls of Wisdom — NEW Feature in this Summer’s Issue!


Starting with the Summer 2015 issue, Creative Knitting we will be featuring a new advice column!

Teacher and knitwear designer, Patty Lyons will be like our knitting “Dear Abby.” We’re seeking funny, interesting emails to feature from great knitters.

Ask Patty Anything!

Share techniques, tips, knitting etiquette, lifestyle questions, you name it. It doesn’t matter how silly you think it is. (in fact, we encourage the silly, as it helps us keep our life in perspective)

Here are some quick examples:

  • What’s the best short row method for a scarf?
  • What are the tricks to keeping your sanity when knitting lace?
  • How do you avoid killing your spouse when he moves your shawl off the couch making your delicate stitches slip off the needle and your stitch markers tumble to the floor?

Please write them in letter form, just like the old letter’s to Dear Abby. If we’re able, we’d love to feature the full letter in the column, not just the questions, so have fun with it! Let’s all learn from each other and let’s start talking knitting!

Email your questions to:


Patty Lyons is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country, and is a regular contributor to Creative Knitting and has been published in a variety of other knitting publications. Patty is an Annie’s Video Classes instructor. Learn more about her class, Circular Knitting Essentials here.