Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let it Snow and Knit Ramblings

It's supposed to snow tonight. I'm very excited about it. I love the way snow makes everything look. All Glittering and peaceful. It's so beautiful. But snow makes me think about scarves and hats and mittens and sweaters. I know I've talked about my love of all things cozy many times before, but it does bear repeating. There's just something so wonderful about being snuggled up in something soft and warm.

I like them even better if I've made them myself. I actually a few projects for this winter planned. I usually like quick satisfying projects, like scarves and hats and I do have some of those planned. A red scarf with pink pockets on the ends that have red hearts knitted into them and a Pink hat with Red hearts knitted into it, maybe in Fair Isle style. The scarf I can turn out in a few hours but if I'm doing the more complicated pattern on the hat, then it will take me a bit longer.

I've also thought about delving into harder projects like a sweater. I've never made one before and I've been really wanting to try a more complicated project this winter. Okay and I've sort of been on the hunt for the perfect slightly over sized cozy sweater. So I figure if I can't find it I should probably just make it.

It's actually kinda killing me that I can't head out to my local yarn shop tomorrow to start picking up supplies and get advice on what to make and how to make it. Once I get an idea to do something it sort of drives me crazy until I get started on it, and I love buying new yarn. My last project was an infinity scarf and hat and I went back to my local shop 2 or 3 times. But I'm actually working on a baby blanket for a very close friend right now and it kinda reminds me of snow. I feel like I should finish that first and I have 3 more skeins to knit up before I'm done.

Really if you're a knitter and you're getting your yarn at a box store you're missing out. This is going to sound awful but really the only things I buy from small businesses regularly are my yarn. This is for one reason, buying there insures I have help when I'm stuck. The guy that owns my local yarn shop sat with me for over an hour teaching me to turn a heel when I learned to knit socks. Then a few days later he spent another hour teaching me to graft the toe of the sock. I wasn't in a class, although he does offer them, he just took his time to teach me how. You can pretty much walk into any yarn shop and they'll help you if you ask for it. I do recommend being polite though, they don't have to help you and if you're rude, they flat out won't.

I'm also planning on repurchasing Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook and Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics which I've never owned but I'm really excited about because it has 41 new patterns and I might also buy Stitch 'n Bitch Nation. I love the Stitch N' Bitch book series, I learned to knit from the first book, and I adore it. I can't wait to get them.