Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP
Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?
Tips: Don’t be abashed at admitting your own skill and progress. If possible, include pictures of projects that you gained new skills from.
I looked at my Ravelry Project page only to see I haven’t really branched out this year. Most of my projects are pretty straight forward. There are a few exceptions that I am pretty proud of from this past year.
Back in April-ish of 2010 I took a class on intarsia. I made my hubby a sweater in that class. In January of this year I designed my own sweater using the skills I learned in the class. It was a simple stockinette sweater with some shaping to make it girly. I added some fun nerdy intarsia. I can not take credit for the intarsia bits, I found the charts here. However, in the class I took, I did learn how to chart on my own. I really had a great time with this sweater. It was the first time I knitted something with out a pattern and it just all fell into place nicely. Math works! The arms gave me a little bit of a stumble, I had never done short row shoulders before and could not find a pattern that had the same number of stitches to emulate. I tore out the first arm 3 times. I love the end result.
My most appreciated skill that I mastered just a few weeks ago was cabling without a needle. What a time saving skill to have. I will be able to take on more complex cable projects now. (but why does everyone keep it a secret?)
In the next year I’d like to try my hand at entrelac and maybe some beading.