It was somewhat warmer yesterday and we did see some blue sky and sunshine. It certainly was nice to see the sunshine.
I started the morning off with cleaning up the kitchen. It was between “Not Bad” and “Yuck”. It is done and I am happy with how it looks.
I am wanting to take part in a holiday mystery table runner. I drug out 7 tubs of Christmas fabric to find two groupings of which I must choose one to make.
I love cardinals, especially the red ones. I have ornaments of them throughout the tree at Christmas time. The first grouping of fabric leans that way.
The backing is the top fabric. This runner could be on our table with the two cardinal ornaments I put on the table at Christmas time.
The second grouping is snowmen and blue. Again I am partial to this combination. I could use it in the dining room for January and make a couple of small items for the furniture in there. There is plenty of fabric there if I buy the backing fabric.
I have to decide as I need to do step one by Sunday. I am leaning towards the red set. If I like the pattern, I will do the blue combination only if the snowman fabric works. All the snowmen go in one direction and it needs a pattern that looks at that.
The other things I did yesterday was to read my email as I didn’t look at it for two days. A lot of it got dumped into the trash but two I kept were from Knit Freedom. Liat is a wonderful writer and an awesome knitter. I have several of her patterns plus a couple of her ebooks.
She asked the question of “If you and I were having a conversation a year from today, and you were looking back over the past year, what has to have happened in your knitting for you to feel happy with your progress?”
In the past year, I have grown a lot in my knitting but still have a long ways to go to be a master knitter. A year from now, I would like to be knitting continental and working through some classes on knitting. Start at beginners and move forward. The next email talked about three challenges:
- Patience with the pattern and keeping track of where you are. That is happening using a row counter and paper when necessary.
- Knowledge of knitting abbreviations. Google and YouTube are my best friends. I do read my instructions out loud saying the abbreviations in full words.
- Challenge your hands. I need to be here. I have learned how to knit with my elbows in and not move my hands a lot using the throw method. Now it is time to learn how to do the continental method of knitting.
So, one of my goals is to learn the continental method after I finish the pink baby shawl. I will be making another baby sweater which is all garter stitch. I can learn how to knit continental while knitting the sweater. I have Liat’s eBook on this topic so am ready to go. When I have it mastered (kind of) I will be buying a beginners course through The Knitting Guild Association. I will be working through the courses to take the Master Knitters Level 1 sometime down the road. I am so looking forward to exploring the world of knitting at a different level and receive feedback from the best.
I do feel good knowing how I want to explore next year. I will get myself organized on what I want to do in sewing as I clean up the room and handle the fabric.
Today I need to keep working on cleaning the house, do some literacy work, and try to put away some more items in the sewing room.