Last week I was working on my next lesson from the ‘Anyone Can Knit‘ book by Libby Summers. It was a lesson in colour and more specifically in joining in a new ball of yarn to make stripes.
You saw a sneak peak into my stripes during my Sunday Sevens, but the piece in the photo was just a practice and I actually ripped it back after a few stripes, once I got the hang of it. I like to practice something new … gauge swatches I hate, but chuck a ‘lesson’ at me and I’ll do it. Maybe that’s how I should see gauge swatches in the future … as mini lessons. Not sure I can trick myself that easily though.
I was also eager to start the next project – a stripy purse – and as it was pretty small I could carry on working on joining in the new yarn whilst also being productive. Yay. This purse also allowed me to practice reading a chart as there are little purl bumps among the stocking stitch – enough to make me concentrate on what I was doing instead of aimlessly stitching away. I kept forgetting which way I was reading some of the rows on the chart, so lots of arrows were scribbled onto the page to remind me. I do love scribbling over patterns 🙂
Before I knew it, the body of the purse was done. I did say it was small.
I just need to wait until I can find a zip now to sew it all up 🙂
But my stripy fun wasn’t over yet. Over the page was a pattern for a hat which used both shaping and stripes … I was on it! I grabbed some chunky yarn from my stash (My Boshi original no.1 in 192 Ivory and 195 Anthracite if you were curious) and cast on. Before I knew it I was attempting to stitch it up … not the easiest part. I really do need to practice that. But looky … how great is this! My first knitted hat 🙂
And it fits!
So, yes, stripes have been achieved! Next up in the book is a lesson on sewing in sleeves and more about ways to stitch up a project… but I’m leaving that for post-Christmas madness and jumping ahead one chapter to learn more about textures. This time it’s bobbles, cables and twisted stitches … oooooooooo sounds complicated. First though … more presents as it’s November now! Eeep.