WiP Posts

Monday again already?

I am ashamed to say that I have no Master Knitter swatches to show you today.  I started reading the new Sookie Stackhouse book yesterday and got sucked in.  Oops!

I have gotten a bit done on my Camp Loopy project (the Catkin), though.

C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me...

I’ve gotten through row 64 of the first section, so I only have 6 more rows until I start the second section.  I have yet to find any buttons that I like, but I’m still on the hunt.

I should be done with the Sookie book by tonight (I’m a fast reader!), so I’m hoping to pick up the MK swatches this week.  I HAVE to!! 🙂

Happy Knitting!!  (and reading!)

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Master Knitter Monday #13

Look at that – my 13th ‘official’ Master Knitter post is falling on the 13th of the month! 🙂

I don’t really have anything to show you, but I do have something to share with you.  The TKGA conferences are coming up – the Summer one is in July in Minneapolis, MN and the Fall one is in September in Greensboro, NC.  Greensboro is just a hop, skip and a jump away from me, so I’m planning on going to that one!

Here is the link for more info on the shows: http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com

The reason I am posting about this on MK Monday is because at both shows they are having an ‘On Your Way to the Masters Day’ the Wednesday of the shows.  All day they will have mini-sessions relating to the Masters program and committee members will be on hand to look at your swatches.  You can bet I’m planning on going up for that Wednesday!!

So, I’m going to do my best to have as many swatches complete by the time September 23rd gets here!  I have 18 swatches left to do.  18 swatches in 14 weeks?  I should be able to swing that… maybe.  If I don’t have at least one swatch to show you next Monday you all need to yell at me. 🙂

Happy Knitting! (and swatching!)

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Master Knitter Monday #12

I don’t have anything new to show you this week on the Master Knitter front – my vest hasn’t been touched in a week or two, and neither have my swatches!  But, I thought I’d go over some of the reference books that have come in handy for me while working through the Master Knitter program.

There are several books which I found useful while working through Level 1, and which are proving useful in Level 2 as well – but the one on the very top of that list is Knitter’s Handbook by Montse Stanley.  The pictures aren’t printed in pretty colors, but there is a wealth of information in this book – including many techniques which were not in ANY of my other reference books.  I cannot recommend this book enough – every knitter should own it, whether or not you’re going through the Master Knitter program, but most definitely if you are.

Another title that has come in handy for me is The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman.  There’s more in this spiral-bound book than just finishing techniques, many general knitting techniques are nicely illustrated in this book as well.

The third book that I refer to often is The Knitter’s Companion by Vicki Square.  This title is another spiral bound and nicely illustrated reference book.  A plus with it is it’s size – it could easily fit in a large knitting bag, if you like to take reference books along with you, that is.

I own several other knitting reference books, but these three are the ones I go to first when working through the Master Knitter swatches and questions.  I’m sure there are other titles out there that are just as valuable – comment below and tell me your favorite knitting reference books!

I’ll do another post with the books I used as reference for the History of Knitting report – once I’m actually done with the report!  There’s a whole other set of books that have proven valuable for that part of my Level 2 work.

Also, I am eagerly awaiting the reprinting of June Hiatt’s Principles of Knitting, which I’ve already pre-ordered!  I’ve heard wonderful things about the original edition, so I’m quite excited that they are finally issuing a reprint!

Happy Knitting everyone!!

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‘Almost’ Master Knitter Musings

Over on the Charlotte Knitting Guild site, I’ve started a monthly column entitled ‘Almost Master Knitter Musings’.  I’ll be posting about my Master Knitter experience, as well as sharing tips and techniques that I’m learning (or have learned) while working through the program.

Go check my posts out if you’d like!  (And if you’re in or near Charlotte, then you definitely need to be coming to our Guild meetings!!)

AMKM: Tension Problems, Part 1.  (May 31, 2011)

Almost’ Master Knitter Musings  (April 18, 2011)

Happy Knitting!!

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WiP Wednesday

I had to take a last-minute trip to Atlanta Sunday night, so wasn’t able to post my ‘Master Knitter Monday’ post, but I didn’t have much of anything to show you on that front, anyway.  And what little I had to show you you’ll see today instead!

I have a bit more to show you this week than last week!  I was down in Atlanta because my grandmother needed surgery to repair a broken hip (she ended up not needing a hip replacement – they were able to put a rod and pins in the bone since the break was below the hip-joint) – and I was there mostly for my mom, since she was going to be in the hospital by herself with my grandma all day Monday otherwise.  The surgery went well, thankfully, and now I’m back home.  Because I had lots of time in the hospital, I got lots of knitting done!

The shawl has grown to about half of it’s expected final size:

(Details: ‘Queen Silvia’ pattern from Knitted Lace of Estonia using ColourMart 100% cashmere lace yarn.)

I’m on the tenth repeat (out of 20) right now!  Yay for halfway!  I sure hope this yarn softens up once washed, because right now it feels like cotton instead of cashmere.  But supposedly it blooms nicely and softens up when it’s washed.  Let me tell you, I’m going to be quite upset if it doesn’t!!

I also got a few more rows done on my sweater design prototype/sample (but of course I can’t show you that).  It is so close to being done, I’m extremely excited!  Pattern writing took a temporary pause, but now that I’m home to my computer I can resume!

I knitted a few rows on my Master Knitter vest as well (but not many – I knitted mostly on the shawl since I was worried I’d be too distracted to keep my tension consistent on the vest):

I think the tension is looking alright, maybe just a bit wonky here and there – hopefully blocking will take care of any irregularities.

So that’s it for this week’s WiP Wednesday!  I do have a super-cute FO to show you, so stay tuned on Friday to see that!

If you want to see some more WiPs, then take a gander over to Tami’s Amis to check out some more!

Happy Knitting!!