I am completely obsessed with knitting. I'm not sure how it happened. I went very quickly from "hmm maybe I'll give this a go" to all out crazed yarn whore. It doesn't make a lot of sense. My personality is that of a dabbler, jack of all trades, master of none, dilettante, etc. I pick things up, learn a bit about them and never get particularly good at anything. Except knitting. I don't know why but it stuck.
To further my obsession, I got the TKGA master knitting program level 1 course from my dad for Christmas. I'm pretty damn excited about this. I'm hoping to learn a lot fro it ad move even further out of the realm of "dabbler". I think it will cause me to look at me knitting in terms of actually improving and learning rather than being a solely project oriented hobby. Plus, I miss the critical thinking of being in school and this also involves writing a paper. :)
I am worried about knitting and my hands. I recently started a new job that involves much more computer use than I'm used to (despite being on the internet constantly). I was working on the Fake Isle hat around the same time. The stress on my hands was not so good and I started to get some very slight carpal tunnel symptoms: mild tingling in my thumb and burning up my forearm. It went away as soon as I finished the hat and I haven't had any of the nerve issues since. I do still get some serious hand and finger fatigue. It's gotten a good bit better with a new mouse and just getting used to what I'm doing. It terrifies me though and has made me realize just how much I love knitting. I don't know what I would do if I ever had to stop. It would kill me.
The hand and wrist issues came at a very bad time as I was trying to get Christmas gifts finished. I couldn't get them all done by Christmas and I still have my dad's neck-warmer to finish up.
I'm about half way through knitting it, but then I need to line it with some fleece fabric so it isn't itchy. He is sensitive to the scratchiness of wool. The yarn I'm using is a wool-silk blend, but I didn't want to take chances on something that will be against his neck. That's a pretty sensitive area. It is much farther along than the picture, but you can see the cable pattern.
I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, but this is the scarf I made for my mom It's just under 6 feet.
I made this for my sister out of the leftover malabringo from her hat (below)
My sister's hat. I made one in a chunky brown tweed for her fiance, but I didn't get pictures of that one. I also don't have any good pictures of the scarf I made him. I'll try to track some down. I think my sister posted some pictures with him wearing it.
edited to add it. Not the best pic, but it's all I have.
This is the fake isle hat pattern, but I modified it, taking out the second stripe and changes the colorwork pattern very slightly. As a result I managed to accidentally knit woman symbols into my hat as well as male symbols and giant phalluses depending on how you look at it. Fun times. I love this hat.
least inventive name for a pattern ever.
Made this for Cake Kate. Hopefully she'll get it before seeing this. It got sent out just a few days ago.