Thursday, October 05, 2006

Knitterly things you may or not know about me

  1. I first started to knit at age 8 - 9 with my mother's guidance. My first project was a colorful stripped top that was knitted using leftovers yarns. I still have the wonderful momentous in memory.
  2. I cast on my stitches with my left hand though I am right handed. That's because mother is left handed. I don't knit the same way as her and I am afraid to say that there is not a name for my knitting style. It doesn't seen to fit any of the styles I have seen or heard in the tutorials.
  3. My mother taught me the basics of knitting using Japanese knitting books. Tough she didn't know Japanese either, she was able to decipher the basic instructions. From there, I picked up mostly by looking at the few illustrations in the books. I would miss hours of sleep just to understand the charts.
  4. My first knitting project for a crafting class in middle school was to knit a baby cardi with lace pattern and a pair of matching booties. The instructions were written in Portuguese and there weren't any chart. I still remember that the teacher praised my lovely top but didn't say anything about the booties, tough she checked it all over. I couldn't knit the booties well, they turned out to be too big compared with the size of the top.
  5. I have never knitted a pair of socks. Both the instructions in English or the Japanese charts discourage me. I was wondering if this has a link with my first booties!
  6. The mending of my early projects were all done by my mother. I wasn't good at this task and I am still not. I seem to have improved a little these days that I have no choice but to do it by myself.
  7. I basically only knit with straight needles. I prefer these old style needles over the circulars ones. I tried to switch but can't seem to enjoy them as much as my old needles. For some reason, with circulars my stitches get stuck by the end of the needles and I have to push each of them through.
  8. I've never knitted a project using patterns written in English. Mostly of my knits are designs from Japanese books that I am more familiar. After so many years using schematics and charts from these books, I find it very hard to follow instructions word by word.
  9. My addiction is not only to yarn but to knitting books as well. I have this urge to have them as soon it's out in the bookstores' shelves. I often check in the internet to see if a new issue has been released. Nowadays, I have the impression that the bookstore or LYS people recognize my voice since I call so often to check for my books arrival. My books are like collectible for me and I take good care of them . Most of my Japanese knitting books have plastic covers.
  10. I used to enjoy knitting very intricate pattern, the more complicated the merrier. My selections would fall for the designs that had the highest level of difficulty. Nowadays, I don't like to take knitting challenges and will only knit patterns that I predict I won't have much trouble.

I am about to have an FO, so stay tuned for my next post. ;)

8 comments:

joy said...

You're so lucky that your mom taught you to knit. I can see it'll be difficult to switch needles after all that time. :-)
The patterns you choose look pretty difficult to me!

Siow Chin said...

I used to knit with straights only until I came to Hong Kong and saw that most people use circulars. Then I realised why when I started knitting on the bus too, they're more compact and just don't poke into the passenger next to you! Now I almost use ciculars entirely except for the short sock needles which once again don't poke my neighbour on the bus.

Agnes said...

I guess we won't be fighting for needles when we are knitting together! hahaha ...

opportunityknits said...

I had fun reading this. I'm a fan of circular needles for so many reasons, including all the ones that Siow Chin mentioned. I knit faster on circulars too. I wish I kept my magazines and books with more care, some of them are dog -eared already.

Laura.Y said...

wow, guru u. :) I haven't started on any jap patterns nor socks too. Your FOs always look so complicated and great.

Caroline said...

It looks like you still complete some very challenging patterns to me. I feel like I'm really a novice when I look at the stuff you knit! My daughter is knitting a scarf on circulars for one of her first projects. It's great; no purls.

mel m said...

Mimi, you are sooo gorgeous! I love the way you express yourself through your knitting and your blogging. I am like most of the other comment leavers in as much as I also think that your pattern choices are quite challenging. I teach knitting at Australis's largest needlecraft store and I know a few people that specialise in lace designs. The one that is the best at this type of design is a man!!! Congrats to him! He likes to share his knowledge with other knitters as do you. Thanks for your blog Mimi.

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