My Current Situation

I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything but I plan to get back into the swing of it and post something new every week with updates on my current knitting projects and the knitting challenge.

I am currently working on a sweater for myself, a nice fitted cardigan with a v-neck opening and long cuffs on the sleeves and k3 p3 ribbing along the edge. I found a nice wool-silk blend yarn that I absolutely love. It is a worsted weight and I'm working on size US 7 needles. I finished the back and the front and now am working on the sleeves. I plan to let you know my progress on the sweater along with the other projects I am working on and thoughts in the moment along the way.

The purpose for the blog is to encourage other knitters out there to keep up the good work. I know that it can be stressful at times because it takes so much time to finish a project and usually, you want it finished so you can wear it NOW. Trust me, I have felt this way many a time before. My tips for you, the urgent knitter: be patient! I'm sure you have heard that before, but I promise it helps. make sure you have planned ahead for a project as well, so that you are working on a sweater in the summer so it is done by winter, and fun lacy knits in the winter so they are done by summer. Also you must keep at it, because its not going to knit itself, you can't put a project in the closet and expect it to be finished a month later when you pull it back out, you have to consistently work on it and before you know it, you will have a completed project! I know this because when I was at college, I had hardly any time to knit. I missed it terribly, I spent most of my time studying, and when I wasn't studying I had to get out and socialize or I would have gone crazy! So if I ever worked on something during the summer or breaks when I was home then took the project to school, it wouldn't get touched. I could have worked a couple rows every few days and I could have made a lot of progress.

Another purpose I have is for this to create a community of knitters to share their stresses and delights with others who can relate to what you are going through. Sometimes I get stuck with a design issue or a miscalculation of gauge and I just want to complain to someone who understands what I am talking about! Or I finally finish a project or I have a really good idea for a new project as a present and I just want to tell someone how excited I am. I will admit I was never part of a knitting club, but it is something I definitely want to become a part of. I plan to visit local yarn shops, go to knitting classes and just find other people out there who share my love for knitting. I encourage everyone to do the same. And the internet is a great resource so hopefully by sharing my stories, others can relate to them and want to share with me.

My last purpose is to expose others to the art of knitting. I think knitting has always been associated with a past-time of older women, like what you do when you become a retired grandmother with nothing better to do but knit up booties for a new baby. Totaly false! The amount of style and fashion that can go into a knitting project is unbelievable (not just for bored housewives). I encourage everyone to check out Vogue Knitting to see what I mean. It integrates all the latest fashion trends and urban styles into classic knit pieces. It is very inspiring. I want to prove that knitting is for young and old, male and female, fashion savy or artistically challenged. It is a wonderful hobby for anyone, and the benefits from it are so addicting that once you get started, you can't stop! (seriously, not to be cliche)

I hope this blog is inspiring for others out there, maybe even those in my similar situation (graduated from college with no job and not sure where life will take me next). There is hope for us. It really does bite, but it can't stay like this and I'm pretty sure things will work out in the end.


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