Sewing & Repurposing

Whipstitch Wednesday: Learning to Knit {winter goals}

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I originally planned to post this yesterday, on Wednesday but a number of factors had a hand in the delay. Hope you enjoy it all the same! 😊

My Brief Absence & A Blogging Update

Hello everyone πŸ™‚ First let me say sorry for my absence here on the blog and WordPress in general. I’m behind reading your posts and behind on my blogging schedule as well.

And it’s all because we got totally sick. It was so immensely not fun. The flu is no joke. I hope none of you get it but if you do you have my complete sympathy.

But anyways. Back to blogging stuff.

 

First of all, I wanted to say…

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A big thank-you to all of my readers because I made it to 100 followers 😊😊😊 Yay! Thanks so much you guys. You inspire me with your likes, your comments, your encouragement here on the blog (and some of you in real-life have been blog-encouragers as well). Many thanks. And here’s to more posts in the days ahead!

 

Introducing Whipstitch Wednesday

Today I’d like to introduce a new category I’m calling Whipstitch Wednesday.

I’ve been doing a ton of different sewing/stitchery projects and thought this would be a fun way to share things I’m doing, learning and any other helpful tips I’ve found.

One thing I’ve been doing lately is (trying) to learn to knit. It’s been a long-time goal of mine.

 

Found a New Hobby at the Hobby Lobby…

So a few weeks ago I went out with a friend to Hobby Lobby and bought some knitting needles. Then I got out some yarn (I’ve been using it for non-knitting projects) and attempted toΒ started to knit. I consulted a ton of books btw, didn’t just pull this out of my brain of course.

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Casting on my first stitch.
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I was fairly proud, although I know this is far from perfect.

After awhile, I got the knit stitch down. Although it looked too loose and I couldn’t figure out why…then just recently I learned that the big needles go with the big (thick) yarn. This was part of the reason I was so frusterated with my knitting.

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Here I am trying to master the purl stitch.
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I’m not even sure what is going on here. I think maybe I was knitting when I thought I was purling. This is the reverse side of the knitting in the previous picture.

Sweet Success

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After many, many frusterated hours. I finally have it!
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Close up of the v’s distinctive to the purl stitch.

 

I’m so happy πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ It was hard to get the hang of it but I’m proud of my efforts.

The yarn I used is Red Heart Super Saver in Monet. I think it would be classified as a “worsted” yarn. So better suited forΒ size 6 needles, from what I’ve read, instead of my size 13 needles.

I happened upon a yarn site (loveknitting.com) that was having a sale soooo….yeah I’m hooked. Planning tons of projects. As if I need any more sewing projects haha. Oh well can never have too many. It’s great therapy and perfect for these icky winter days.

Have you been doing any winter sewing projects to de-stress? Do you knit or want to learn someday?

~Rachel


 

P.s.- I found these two videos helpful for learning how to purl.

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How To Do a Purl Stitch Knitting, by Howcast

 

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How to Purl – p Stitch Beginner, by GoodKnitKisses

3 thoughts on “Whipstitch Wednesday: Learning to Knit {winter goals}”

  1. Youtube has helped me so much when I was learning to begin to crochet. I practiced and practiced till I had the very basics covered. I make blankets with double crochet, though my first two were made with a single stitch. That’s basically all I know, aside from a basic hat.

    Congrats on your follower milestone! That’s so exciting! I am proud of you!

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    1. Thank-you much T.R. πŸ™‚ Your influence & encouragement has prompted growth and persistence here in my own blog. Thank-you for being an encourage πŸ™‚

      I’m finding youtube to be very helpful as well. I think with stitchery (just madr that up, not sure if it’s an actual word) in general it is so easy to be impatient or down on yourself for not knowing more and not learning more fast enough. But it really is a skill that I think a person hones over the years. I remember the picture of the blanket you made & thought it a beautiful creation πŸ™‚

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