This year I was super inspired to get over a few creative humps that I never took the plunge on either because A. I didn't know how or B. I didn't want to fail after putting in money and time into another unfinished project & possible frustration that came from that C. Fear.
SO this year I am tackling a few projects & so far things are going good it's a learning curve but I am so happy that I took on these creative projects - I have a follower around the house that takes my knitting needles and wraps the yarn around it "knitting like mom" she yells! I stopped and thought how cool is that because I took the leap to learn this & my daughter is now wanting to learn and I can Teach her one day!
Of course I have to mention that the Internet is super helpful now vs. ten years ago when I thought about taking on these crafts like knitting, sewing, weaving and these are all very popular right now and you can find tutorials pretty much every where! I liked this video tutorial here for knitting cowls. I liked this video here on how to get your sewing machine set up to start sewing. I like this new ecourse that came out here pretty sure that's on my "courses to take" list and it's on sale right now!
This cowl is the third one I tried & I started to play a lot with yarn size thick vs thin and I currently knit on needle sizes 4.5mm 8.0mm and 9.0mm this image above is on Takumi bambo needles 9.0mm 16in.
I first started knitting on this size needle in February of this year & totally flopped the first project - It's ok I kept in mind that this might take a few go's at it, Not putting pressure on myself ... I "played" with the first one I made and it some how twisted in the round. Instead of scrapping it I thought I will keep it & use it as a headband ear warmer.
That's how it turned out on the front part the twisting just got worse the more I knitted - I have no idea how I did that, but for my very first knit project I kinda like it.
This is what it looks like on the back side. The right way. Again I found this pattern from this tutorial here.
Incomes project # two. This time I used a larger needle 8.0mm at 36in length - THIS IS HUGE this cowl in the photo above is folded in half, it's twice this length and surprisingly it was very easy to work with and I liked the thickness of the chunky wool. I started out with the grey fleck colour then that ran out and so I switched to all black to finish it giving it a colour block.
I really enjoyed this yarn and colour scheme. Photo above is my IG photo here about adding in a new colour. No twisting on this one (thankful for that) and kept at it.
As I start really getting into these projects I noticed quickly how addicting yarn is ... my collection is growing, I some how can't leave the craft store without YARN. I figure at least I am putting it to use so no harm in purchasing more.
So that's where I am at right now on the whole taking on new projects, It is totally a creative pursuit that I am on & loving it. Learning so much as I go. Again internet is so helpful! Maybe one day I will branch out of cowls and make something else ... one day. Thanks for reading & have a great weekend!