Lifelines for Knit Socks? Hell yes!

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Sock #1 – My very first sock ever! And it fits! ….*Just* fits. It had better not shrink! ūüėõ

I recently reblogged a really helpful post on lifelines, but I have decided to share my experience because a lifeline absolutely saved my knitting last night!  (NOTE: This post is about lifelines and stockinette stitches.)
I have read about them before and they always sound like a great idea…for someone else. ūüėČ ¬†Often I’m excited about my project and I just want to get going.
*knit! knit! knit! purl! purl!* ¬†(Okay, not sure what pattern THIS is but bear with me…it’s an example) So, I’m happily knitting, purling and a lifeline wants me to pause the happy energy to start with a needle and thread?
As I say, it doesn’t often happen.
BUT last night I discovered that one can add a lifeline after the fact!
No need to pause the *knit! knit! knit!* until you get to “oh crap! ¬†grrrr”. ¬†Then, when you’re paused anyway (and panicking because you need to frog back) you can take a deep breath, pour yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!), calm yourself and add a lifeline where you need it to be.
At least with stockinette stitches you can….other stitches=different process.
So back to my experience….Yesterday I was knitting sock #2 of a pair. ¬†My very first pair of socks ever!

Winterizing Crochet Scarves Pt 2: Dr Who style

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about wanting to winterize crocheted scarves. ¬†Crochet tends to create a fairly open weave, especially if you’re using longer stitches (double crochets, treble crochets, etc) so it isn’t always the warmest it could be, regardless if you’re using natural fibres such as wool or alpaca.
I wanted to try sewing a layer of fleece or some other fabric to the back of my scarves for added warmth.
Yesterday, I finally did it!

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Fleece backing sewn to a crocheted Dr Who scarf

It’s an exciting project for two reasons. ¬†One is because I finally tried my winterizing idea. ¬†Two is because the scarf in question is a Dr Who scarf! ¬†Who can’t be excited about that! ūüôā

Fibrearts with Actual People: Better than Youtube!

IMG_6615For those who know me, this may sound strange, but it has been so hard for me to meet other fibre artists in my community.
I have spent the past number of years learning my craft from Youtube and books. ¬†I have a few friends who knit/crochet and I often ask them out for coffee or to come over for a visit to chat and play with yarn but we’re all busy so get togethers are rare.
I am so much more creative when I’m socializing and sharing ideas.
For an extrovert, though, I somehow find myself having a hard time taking that first step and meeting NEW people in the community.
Perhaps it’s because I still doubt my skills. ¬†Maybe it’s because I feel kind of nerdy and awkward….but it has been a struggle.
In the past few weeks however, things have started to turn around!