The Story So Far


The items I’ve knitted so far are a triangle scarf (previously mentioned and linked) which my youngest little Barefoot loves to use on her teddies; a top,

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3rd item was quite a biggie – literally – as I made an XXL version of the Still Light Tunic by Veera  Valimaki for myself (cover pic of it in progress) and did I ever get the measurements wrong. I could have made a smaller size. I could have used smaller needles. Coulda woulda shouda.  Newbie errors included using the wrong needles (who knew .25mm is going to make such a huge difference?)  I believe I made a gauge swatch and felt all pleased with myself for checking my tension before I started. I used sock-weight yarn (which is quite thin) and it blocks out rather large. As I found out the hard way. [Hm. Or did I? ] It is a lovely, slobby, wear-about-the-house item now, but it’s not what I want my hand dyed pets to be made into. I really want to show them off. Warts and all. Potentially, loop holes and dropped stitches and really, 2 sizes too big!? I can’t flipping count, clearly. I think I have Pattern Dyslexia. If it’s not a “thing”, then it should be because frankly, I’m definitely afflicted.

All of the above items  have the same thing in common – basic stitches, hours on Youtube clarifying the very basic stitches – and rounds, and rounds, and ROUNDS of knit stitch which makes stockinette work in a continuous round. Magical. Truly is. And yet, I still get it wrong. And you may too. BUT WHO CARES! You’re KNITTING!





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