Non Stop Knitting

The last 4 months have seen me do little typing–away from work that is–and no sewing. Why? Because I still have tendinitis in my left shoulder, which started in the middle of machine quilting my “Six Windows” piece, and that was 6 months ago.  And to make matters worse, I got a cortisone injection that only caused me more pain. So. Not much sewing going on for a while.

I have at least been able to knit and I made a simple hoodie for my nephew; here it is, hanging up after I blocked it:

051313 blog 1And here is Damian wearing it is a few days later in Madison, Wisconsin:

Damien's birthday hoodie blog 1

This is the next sweater in progress, another top down hoodie for my nephew Luke; this one has a cable down the middle: I’m getting adventurous!

051313 blog 2Aside from finally having some knitting success–thanks to the good folks at Kiwi Knitting here in Tucson for their instruction–I’ve also had some success on a larger scale: I submitted my “Six Windows” quilt to the Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition near Washington D.C. this summer, and it was accepted. I’m very pleased, as it’s a well known national show. And I know people will really appreciate seeing it.

Six Windows Quilt blog 1

Latest Sock Master Plan

It’s been six months since my socks class. I’ve been slowly gaining a better appreciation of sock construction and reading my knitting. I’m not really that happy with my almost-finished pink sock. I’ve started 2 other socks (you can see my progress above) and when they’re long enough, I’m going back to my LYS (local yarn shop, for those of you who don’t read knitting blogs) for some remedial tutelage on the heel flap.  My LYS is Kiwi Knitting, a very friendly shop that supports beginners. The very helpful staff can talk  panicked, anxious knitters off the ledge and get them back to their projects in no time.  I recently paid $60 for a year long membership to their Kiwi Klub so I can attend Monday Knit Nights to help me be a better knitter.

Because of course I have nothing but an abundance of free time to fill with knitting.

As for my sock plan, I hope to knit the heel flap on one of the unfinished socks while at Kiwi Knitting, so I can get the instructions again in person.  This I want to do by the end of the month. Then I plan to go home and immediately knit the heel flap on the other sock. This way I may better remember how to do it, because it’s the only tricky part.  And then ultimately I’ll have to knit matching socks. Maybe by the end of the year I will have gotten the hang of basic sock knitting: that is a modest and possibly achievable goal.