Back in the Saddle again
I'm back in the saddle again. I took about 18 months off from blogging. I didn't feel like I had anything to say. Well, I'm back! This time the blog will be both about knitting and crafting. I still am very interested in knitting and well, I'm taking classes to improve my knitting skills. My Rangers friend, Twiggy, mentioned that she was taking a couture sewing class on Craftsy. I love sewing and I love fine finishing techniques. So, I went over to Craftsy.com to take a look. Craftsy.com is an online craft class website where you can take classes from well known teachers. The classes are available 24-7 and you can access them anywhere that you have internet access. I know, because I used my iPhone to watch some of Laura's class in the middle of the night while we were camping. But, I digress.
Ok, let me start with the disclaimer that my life has been hectic the last year. When I went to Craftsy.com, I saw that I had signed up for two knitting classes which I promptly forgot about! I signed up for the couture sewing class and then looked at the knitting classes that I signed up for about 6 months ago.
The first class that I have been taking is Laura Nelkins' Mastering Lace Shawls. Go ahead, look at the intro link, I'll wait. I learned a lot from this class. This first shawl we knit is called Skywalker. Yes, Laura is a Star Wars fan. I wasn't too kean about knitting shawl called Skywalker but I had some extra sock yarn and time to knit, so off I went.
This is Skywalker. Laura designed this shawl using Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl formula as her beginning. The shawl is a semi-circle. It starts with a very small number of stitches that are double with each increase.
Lessons learned. I learned how to identify right leaning and left leaning increases. I learned different centered decreases. I am comfortable ripping back my knitting several rows within a repeat and reknitting them instead of ripping back the whole shawl. I now use life lines and like them.
Now, I need a picture of me wearing the shawl. Next up, the Clarus shawl and my attempts to knit with lace weight yarn.