Lisa writes: “…are there just some knitters that are doomed to never wear anything that they have knit? Or is this just a phase that all knitters go through? Like adolescence?”
AH – the slump, many times experienced when making a transistion. Like from scarves to sweaters – or knitting to finishing. I’ve been in one myself – the sweater you see above has been “marinating” for a few months, when my goal was to finish it sometime last winter.
What made it re-surface into the GetItDoneNow pile? Well, I wanted to have New Clothes. AND I had a deadline to shoot for – a trip that needed this hoodie. This made me re-focus my energies. Lisa – you are not alone – all of us slump on the timeline occasionally. What really helped me was starting to knit with others – in the KIP group, in public – or if you can’t geographically swing it – virtually, in a KnitAlong (KAL). I think the common goals of a KAL, along with the support system it offers, can maybe help you jump the final hurdle and walk that runway!
Discovered in my needle stash was a cool circular I’d forgotten about – one with a hook on the end. When I first bought this, I didn’t notice that feature and was pretty POd when I unwrapped it until it dawned on me what it was really good for – PickUp’nKnit! Yeps, you just use the hooked end like a H@@K! and then slide the picked up stitches down the cable on the rest of circular needle.
Above you see the beginnings of a band around the hood of my sweater. It is made from DK weight yarn so I’m picking it up in a ratio of: pick up 5, skip one – or 5/6. I think you can see the little gaps between the groups of picked up stitches. That’s where the skip one is. Here’s another view:
It’s really easy to count your total stitches this way too – just count the number of groups and multiply by 5.