Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pusheen-o-ween

I'll continue with my desertation for new knitters... but as we all know, it's Halloween! My favorite night of the year. And this year we have a Pusheen-o-ween!
Can you stand it? I was out last week meeting a friend who is on her way to bigger and better things. You may recognize her from my patterns.
She also picked up some Pusheenery- a true friend who shares the obsession.

I sewed up some cross-stitch pinkeeps and pillows for gifts. I've also done some hats.


The top 2 are the Rilo pattern, a freebie and a terrific pattern.The last one is Sheephaven.

So, a couple of points I wanted to add to last week's post are as follows:

1. On the subject of books, I recommend you get a stitch dictionary- the Harmony guides are wonderful. More interesting is history. Once you learn about traditional knitting, it makes knitting a thousand times more interesting. You may develop a love for stranded colourwork, Fishermans gansies and Irish Arans. I did. And I read anything I can about the people and places. How about Estonian lace? Norwegian Selbuvotter? Chilean Chullos?

2. Keep notes. When I make something I keep notes on what yarn I used (and whether I liked it) the size of needles, if the recipient liked it, and so on. That's where Ravelry becomes invaluable, because often I will change needle sizes or tweak the pattern. This becomes helpful to someone else who likes that project and is thinking of knitting it, or maybe you subbed your yarn and they want to see what it looks like.

3. Do what YOU enjoy. Hey, if you like making socks, make socks. I know there is a trend toward simple shawls and brioche stitch now, but I have had my fill of them, and if YOU like doing something, you needn't explain or justify it. Maybe you like doing toys -some of the patterns are complex, but the results are amazing.

4. Try a new technique. That's what is so wonderful about knitting- there is always something to learn. I have my preferences, but you will develop yours.

5. Try a get-together or a knit night if there is one locally. It's a wonderful way to be inspired and make some knit buddies. Or, how about a blog, or Instagram. You'll meet loads of cool people from all over the world.

Have a spooktacular Halloween.

Fleece out.





4 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween! I am wearing my traditional black kitty ears Alice band - an unobtrusive classic that causes double takes and smiles! :)

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  2. Wow you have been busy! I recently reconnected with Brigitte on FB, and was so happy to hear from her!

    We had a nice Halloween, but not nearly enough trick-or-treaters.

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  3. Happy Halloween! I love your knitting tips. "Knit what you like" is something that took me a while to learn, but it was so wonderful once I did learn it.

    Also: YAY PUSHEEN! So cute.

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  4. Hey Lorraine, it was great seeing you again, and I've already worn my Pusheen finery. I've taken to calling Malcolm "Pusheen" from time to time. Nice hats, btw. I'll be glad when I can start doing some knitting of substance again.

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