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:

Adrienne,
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!

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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: PattyLyons@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com

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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: pattylyons@creativeknittingmagazine.com

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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.

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Knitumentary Project — Week #2: Let’s Cast On Mimosa!

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Join the Journey

There’s nothing I like better than to cast on for a brand new project on a weekend! I just finished my gauge swatch and I simply love the drape and the super squishiness of Berroco Maya. If you’re working with this yarn, what do you think so far? It really has become my go-to yarn for many projects because it’s a cotton/alpaca mix, making it perfect for year round knitting. I like that :)

Mimosa pullover gauge swatch. (click image to see larger)

Mimosa pullover gauge swatch. I’m using color Hermosa #5646 (click image to see larger)

I’m dying to show you my gauge swatch “creation,” but I don’t want to spoil the excitement because yours are due tomorrow, Feb 9! Are you having fun thinking out of the box during this little Challenge? Taking my gauge swatches and transforming them into something completely different is fascinating because it forces us to get conceptual and figure out what we can do with a simple square.

Send your finished photos and the inspiration behind your idea to: editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com

I’m so excited that many of you are following along, and it feels so energizing for me because I’m committed to finishing my Mimosa pullover by the end of these four weeks. Are you going to stay accountable with me?

While you’re working on your top, just think with the end in mind– we get to wear a gorgeous knitted garment that spans the seasons, taking us from winter into spring!

Weekly Challenge:

Now that the Week #1 Challenge is (almost) in the bag, here’s your weekly assignment:

#1: Cast on the required number of stitches in your size for Mimosa, and work the Back until the piece measures 7 inches. If you can make to 13 inches, or up to the armhole measurement for your size, then you’re a ROCK STAR!

#2: Share a useful tip that you discovered this week and post it in the comments. Did you encounter difficulties with the stitch pattern? What did you struggle with? Or, was it a breeze because you prepared for success by gathering up all the necessary supplies, from stitch markers, safety pins and counters to a journal for accurate note-taking?

Cast on Mimosa!

Cast on Mimosa!

Join me on this Raverly thread on the Creative Knitting Fans Group page to talk about our progress!

See you next Sunday!

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Fiber Fun Friday — Enter the Gauge Swatch Challenge, Knitumentary Project Update and Quick Knit Tips!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

The Knitumentary Project

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

Last Sunday, Feb 1, I kicked off Week #1 of  The Knitumenary Project. Your assignment was to work on your gauge swatch and I also presented you with a special challenge to transform your swatch into something innovative!

Here’s an example of what I did with with leftover gauge swatches collected over the years…yes I’ve got lots of swatches and there’s way more from where these came from!

Infinity cowl made from leftover gauge swatches.

Infinity cowl made from leftover gauge swatches.

If you find yourself not knowing what to do with those leftover gauge swatches, here’s your chance to get creative! If you show me something truly innovative, you may get your finished creation published in a future issue of Creative Knitting magazine. Entries are due on February 9th. Read more here and come back this Sunday for the Week #2 post!


 The Editor Wants to Know

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

If you didn’t catch my latest BURNING questions, here they are in one nice, neat place. Jump in and start a convo with me. I want to hear from you! Check out more from the archives here.

More Sweaters or Shawls?

More Sweaters or Shawls?

More Sweaters or Shawls?

Do You Partake in Knitalongs?

Do you like to take part in knitalongs?

Do you like to take part in knitalongs?

Pretty Notebooks or Journals?

Do you use notebooks or journals to keep you knitting notes tidy?

Do you use notebooks or journals to keep your knitting notes tidy?

Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern? 

Do you freestyle it?

Do you freestyle it?


Join the convo on Facebook!

Join the convo on Facebook!

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