Saturday, April 28, 2012

3KCBWDAY6 - Improving Your Skillset

How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.

Last year around now-ish, I answered the Skill + 1UP prompt with a bevy of photos featuring my favorite themes from the preceding year. guess what?  Again!  Again!

My Year in Yarn: a Journey in Photos
Chapter Two: Experiments with Lace

When we left off in March 2011...
Two-color stranded colorwork, knit in the round
Starstuff by Amy van de Laar

July 2011
Knitting with stuffing (toy-adjacent)
Miittens [Rav] by not an artist

Initial lace shawl attempt
Matter and Void by Julia Mueller

September-October 2011
Baby steps into lace
Victorian Lace Baby Shrug by Melanie Lok
Lacy Little Shrug [Rav] by Eileen Casey

Estonian-influenced lace shawlette with nupps!
Swallowtail Shawl [Rav] by Evelyn A. Clark

Lace baby blanket
Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva

Improvised Halloween costume
the stuff of nightmares - I Jokerified my baby!

November 2011
honorable mention points: my first crocheted edging
Cozy [Rav] by Alison Williams

adult-sized lace cardigan, completed in a month
Oblique [Rav] by Veronik Avery
Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) [Rav] by Kaitlyn Wong

December 2011
Lace shawlette attempt 2 (Electric Boogaloo)
Spring Thaw Shawl by Cheri McEwen

Neckwear (cotton lace cowls, garter-stitch shallow shawl)
Canaletto Cowl [Rav] by Megan Goodacre
A Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik
Pimpelliese [Rav] by Christine Ebers

January-February 2012
Two-color stranded cotton-blend colorwork, improvised, knit flat

Seamless hat with variable sizing, knit in the round
Regina [Rav] by Carina Spencer

March 2012
Lace shawl trifecta!
Girl's Best Friend by rosegil
EZ 100th Anniversary Hearts Half-Circle by Mwaa Knit
Ashton Shawlette by Dee O'Keefe

Current project: April 2012
Adult-sized cardigan with non-traditional construction
Spoke [Rav] by Lori Versaci

To read all about other learning experiences from those taking part in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, simply perform a Google search for the tag 3KCBWDAY6.


Truly Myrtle said...

Fantastic line-up. Your swallowtail shawl is beautiful!

Sue said...

you have some great shawls there, very impressive

Pumpkin said...

Oh my! So many projects! I knit a lot, but I never get that much done. I'm so impressed!

Caffeine Girl said...

That is a lovely line-up. You are such a versatile knitter. As I'm new to your blog, I'm wondering why that will be your last pair of socks??

Nupps, huh? I've got to try those one of these days!

Cyprienne said...

Thanks, everyone!

@Pumpkin: this isn't everything, just the stuff that fits into the "skill story." :)

@Caffeine Girl: the socks took a year and a half. For serious.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Everything is gorgeous!