So I totally forgot that this week was Knitting & Crochet blog week, so I dropped the ball yesterday (whoops), so I just figured that today I would combine the two.
Day 1: Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.
I haven't been knitting really all that long compared to a lot of people. Combine that with the fact that I'm cheap, and it's no surprise that I have yet to try most of the yarns many people probably blogged about during day 1. So far, one of my favorite yarns to use is Malabrigo - and I love it all. Lace, worsted, silk - it's just amazing. And the colors? Don't get me started.
And while I love yummy, out-of-my-budget yarns, I must admit I also love Knit Picks. Gorgeous yarns at a more-in-my-budget price? Who could say no? I have yet to meet a Knit Picks yarn that I don't love.
Day 2: Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?
This time last year, I had just started working a Girasole blanket for my Grandparents, which was a huge undertaking (literally! it ended up being over 8 feet!).
I feel that this is the year I've improved the most - both in techniques and knowledge of craft. I made my first sweater, tried my hand at stranded colorwork, and knitted my first socks.
If there's one thing I've really realized the past few months it's that I've been knitting in my comfort zone, and it's time to step out. 2011 will hold many things for me, knitting-wise, and I'm so excited about it.