I’m always on the lookout for new knitting patterns. I also love to read knitting magazines but have never subscribed to one. I frequent the public library, however, my library only subscribes to a single knitting magazine. This week I discovered knitting magazines at my local used book store.
Why gauge. I admit, I have learned the hard way about the importance of a gauge swatch. When I start a new project, I want to get going right away and don’t want to stop and gauge. However, I have learned through many trials and errors that taking the time to make a gauge swatch saves time in the end.
I had a new Spring Break experience this year. It was not an exotic vacation. However, I found it almost as exciting. Me and my 2 kids all sat down together to do some knitting. The house was sunny and quiet with just the sounds of birds through the open windows. My 5 year old made a rainbow necklace using his knitting tower. He now only needs help with the initial slip not and winding the yarn around the tower the first time. My 9 year old starting working on a garter stitch scarf for her doll. She was so proud that her edges were even. I have also found one of those rare perfect pattern and yarn combinations this week. I am knitting the Hitchhiker shawlette in Schoppel Crazy Zauberball and am so pleased with the results. This is one of those projects that I want to make for each of my friends. Time will be the limiting factor for that plan. I have dreamed of this day since my children were little, and now it finally happened. I hope we can enjoy many more hours of quiet knitting together.
I am always dreaming of more time to knit and thinking about new projects I would like to start. I have used these techniques to find every last minute I can to knit.
- Always have your knitting with you. I always have a simple knitting project that occupies the passenger seat in my car. I take this knitting with me to all appointments and I knit while I am waiting. I take this knitting to all my kids activities so I can knit during swimming and music lessons. I take my knitting in to work. If the computers crash, no problem! Instead of thinking of all the work I’m not getting done, I start thinking about how many rows I can knit before the computers are up and running again. Knitting in public places also has additional advantages. Other knitters are likely to approach you to discuss your project and your mutual interest in knitting. Sometimes connecting with other knitters is difficult. I find most knit alongs at my local store and knitting meet-ups occur during the 9-5 work week, thus making them inaccessible to me and other working knitters. Thus, I appreciate any opportunity I get to connect with other knitters in the flesh. Also, other non-knitters or former knitters may identify you as a great recipient for unwanted yarn. I have inherited yarn from a friend’s husband who decided to try knitting while working for the Forest Service but later gave it up. I have inherited yarn from a friend of a friend who’s aunt passed away and had a huge yarn stash. I have also inherited lovely yarn from a friend who developed Rheumatoid arthritis and stopped knitting. If the yarn is not something I want to use, I trade it in at the once a year donation event at my local yarn store and get $ towards store credit in return.
- Have someone else drive. Whether it’s driving across town, or taking a trip out of town, I try to avoid doing the driving. When driving across town, I get my husband to drive. Then I have an additional 45 minutes each way to knit. When going on a road trip, I try to get one of my girlfriends to drive. It’s a sweet luxury to have several hours to be a passenger and knit. Of course I also knit on planes, in airports and during any other mode of travel is feasible for knitting.
- Set a daily goal for yourself. During the work week, I find it very difficult to squeeze in any knitting time. However, I am much happier when I find at least a few minutes a day to knit. I will often set a very small daily knitting goal for myself. For example, I am currently working on a striped scarf with each stripe consisting of 6 knitted rows. I will set a daily goal of 1 completing 1 stripe. Then, when the weekend comes I still remember the pattern well, because I have been working on it daily, and I have 5 more stripes completed.
If you have found other ways to increase your knitting time, I would love to hear about them! Happy knitting.
In this pattern, you create a selvage by knitting into the back loop on every first stitch and slipping every last stitch. You can see the selvage pictured below.