10 Knitterly Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Ok, in light of the fact that my last post inadvertently turned into a downer (which wasn't my original intent), here's some fluffy knitting content (pun intended). I picked this one up from Jo Knits, a lovely gal from my San Mateo knitting group. You know, the one I manage to get to about 3 times a year.

So, here we have 10 knitterly things you didn't know about me:
1. I am a fearless knitter. I always have been. There is nothing in the knitiverse I will not try; if it sucks it can, and will, be ripped out. That's why I prefer knitting to sewing. If I cut the fabric wrong, it's toast. If I knit the fabric wrong, it can be redone and the yarn reused.

2. I am a perfectionist in my knitting. Ok, if you read this blog you likely know this, but it's true. I will go to extraordinary lengths to correct mistakes. My very first project the gauge was off in the middle of the scarf, so after hours of trying to coax the extra length out by tugging on the stitches I said screw it, undid the yarn at the join, reknit the middle section (twice mind you) and then used kitchener to put it all back together.

3. Like Jo, I one day dream of owning my own alpaca. Ironically, this started well before my love of knitting, but it's still something I'd like to do one day.

4. I'd like to make something one day from start to finish. Meaning I'd like to shear the animal, process the fiber, spin it and then knit it. Just to say I've done it from end to end. I like the continuity.

5. I love knitting socks and hats, yet I don't like to wear them.

6. I'm not a big fan of making scarves, but I love to wear them, so I make them anyway.

7. I'm not good with color. I love it, and I know what I like when I see it, but I don't have the knack for coming up with original combinations. I'd love to learn to dye one of these days, but I fear I would put terrible colors together.

8. I'm very picky about the softness of yarn. Seriously, Noro Silk Garden is scratchy by my standards. Even if it pills horribly, I'd rather have soft any day.

9. I hate garter stitch. I avoid it at all costs. Not sure why really. Even my first project was a 2x2 ribbed scarf. No garter squares for me. I'll sub seed stitch any time I see a pattern I otherwise like call for some garter stitching.

10. I love math. Which is another reason I love knitting. There is so much lovely math to be found. Modifying patterns, playing with gauge, designing things (like my scarf last year that used the Fibonacci sequence for the stripes), all places that math becomes useful.

How about you knitters? Any interesting knitting quirks?



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spinnity said:

I like the idea of the start-to-finish project. Do you have to be present at the birth of the fiber animal? And do you have to wear the finished object? What about darning?

Grant said:

I'm not a knitter, but I can say that owning an Alpaca is something I'm happy to leave to other people. :)

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