Thursday, January 28, 2010

Knitting Frustration

Luckily, in my long knitting career (2.5 months)[insert sarcasm] I haven't gotten frustrated too many times, but it has happened.  I especially felt the frustration build as I started my first Clapotis.  Before I understood how the pattern worked, I kept getting confused or I would start feeling overly confident, would not pay close enough attention and would mess up.  Finally, after I got to a certain point it all started coming naturally.

I started to feel this way last night with the first hat I am working on.  Something that should be easy, just wasn't working out.  So, what do I do when that feeling starts to creep in?  Put that project down and walk away for awhile.  After playing around with the hat a couple of times, I put it back in my WIP storage bin and started the second sock of my first pair.  This put me back in a fine mood!

I think I will go visit my knitting instructor, Staci Perry, at the Knitting Nest.  She is nice enough to offer free knitting help once a month!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Clap on; Clap off

I finally finished my Clapotis! (Ravelry link) I think it turned out great!  It is definitely not perfect, but it doesn't bother me.  I will post some pictures soon.  I am just waiting for it to be sunny for just the right light!

I learned so much while working on this pattern and definitely got more confident in my knitting.  This is my first "BIG" project so I am pretty proud.  As my knitting mentor, Staci Perry, said, I am an "adventurous" knitter and so the name of this blog was born!

I started the Clapotis on November 29, 2009 and completed it on January 24, 2010.  Of course, I was interrupted by a few other small projects along the way which took me away from my shawl.  Including 3 finished projects, 2 pair of Fetching Fingerless Gloves and one Rat Race Scarf.  Also, during that time I finished one sock (the other one will be finished in a week or so).  So the time spent on the shawl wasn't too bad, but I am still a slow knitter.   I am working on that.

If anyone would like to add me to their friends on Ravelry, I am Fabfemme.  I am a big fan of Ravelry.  It has really been a great resource to this new knitter.  I am going to try to make this blog another resource for knitters, new and old alike!