It’s time to delve back into my knitting basket! So bring out your own crafting project, take a seat, and listen to a bit about my finished projects, current projects, and why I’m not sure what sweater I’ll be knitting next.

In lieu of detailed episode notes, I’ll direct you to my Ravelry project page, from which you can find any yarn and pattern specifics that might have caught your eye (or friend me for that matter). I was wearing this hat. My queue might be helpful this time too, since I mentioned a couple future projects (I use my queue for yarn I already own when I definitely know what pattern I want to knit with it; the order is fairly arbitrary to be honest, since I cast on a new project when I’ve finished a similar one). Speaking of which, I have one correction: the Ultra Alpaca yarn I swatched with is in the Azure colourway, not Blueberry. The two Rav groups I mentioned are Sock Knitters Anonymous and SolidSocks. If you’d like to see more frequent updates of my knitting, I am quite active on Instagram; you can follow me at TheCharmofIt.

I mentioned the newest edition of Alice Starmore’s Tudor Knitting book (full of the most stunning sweater patterns!) and discussed Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns in my new book review segment. I also recommended the Kill to Craft video podcast and the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin audio podcast (as well as Prairie Girl Dani’s One Twisted Tree yarn shop), both knitting-centric. Finally, I talked about my favourite knitting needle company: DyakCraft. I love both their DarnPretty wooden line, which is sadly unavailable for the indefinite future, and their Heavy Metal small gauge circular interchangeable set, which is available. It includes six tips, all of the sizes I mention in the video. Unless the project is on size 000s, I knit it with DyakCraft needles.

Current Projects

Antiquarian Scarf

Antiquarian Scarf

Cloudy With a Chance of Kittens Socks

Cloudy With a Chance of Kittens Gloves

Strong Currents Socks

Strong Currents Socks

And the Melusine cardigan, which you’ve all seen by now!

Finished Objects

Bestie Bunny

BFF Bunny

Little Orphan Mousie

Ent Wife Socks

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13 thoughts on “Knitting Video (Podcast): Episode the Fourth

  1. Your cardigan will be stunning, I have no doubt of it! I think you did the right thing not to pull an all nighter to finish it. It rarely pays off.

    I have two things to consider for you:
    1) Regarding your back/neck/shoulder pain whilst knitting from charts. I know of a … thingie from KnitPro, it’s basically a magnetic board with clips which enables you to have your charts standing vertically rather than lying down. A very quick search didn’t give me results on american amazon, but here’s the german equivalent, maybe you’d just have a more thorough research 🙂 http://goo.gl/4tTtQm
    2) Regarding the lacey scarf turning out a little short: Wash it. Even if you prefer to not block it to death, it will grow just by being completely wet! I’d give it a go, you might be positively surprised. My experience tells me not to underestimate the potential of wet merino yarn 🙂

    I’m looking forward to seeing the next update on the cardigan and that scarf!

    1. Hi Annie! I lost your comment after I read it, but now I’ve managed to find it. Sorry about that. Thanks for the scarf encouragement; I’m following your advice and going to finish it & block it before making any scarf/cowl decisions!

      The magnetic board sounds interesting, but I don’t have a printer, so I just use patterns on my phone. Might be worth printing things out at the library though; thank you!

  2. argh … every time I watch one of your videos I so want to knit! My elder sister knit extremely well … all the baby clothes for their three children, then as they got older all their jumpers etc. but I never learned … she tried to show me but she was left handed & I am right handed so NO progress was made. I can crochet though & I have made many afghans for the babies of my friends (child-free here) …

    1. If you can crochet, you can definitely knit! Although you might have to watch your tension at first to make sure you’re not knitting too tightly, which is no fun. lol Do you have a local yarn store? If so, they have classes. Otherwise, you could use the internet or books, depending on your learning style. Just get yourself some pretty yarn so you have the incentive to keep going through the early awkwardness. 🙂 (Also, I’m child free too: high five!)

  3. Love the scarf. It’s beautiful! I so wish I could knit. Also, where did you get your tea thermos? Would like to add it to my Christmas list.

    1. Thank you Sarah! You can definitely learn to knit if you want to; I looked at knitting blogs longingly for at least a year or two before I got into knitting myself, so I remember that feeling. It’s not as difficult as it looks. 🙂

      I got my thermos from Cafe Press years ago; mine is ceramic, but it looks like the current version is stainless steel (which would be very nice for travel, since mine weighs a ton!). Here you go: http://www.cafepress.com/+stainless_steel_travel_mug,428648800

      1. Thank you so much for the link. I love that thermos!

        Thanks for the knitting encouragement. I definitely want to learn but it looks so intimidating. Both my mom and aunt are knitters so I could get some help there. I think you said you also crochet? Would you recommend one learn to knit or crochet first? I think crocheting looks easier but I like the look of knitting better. Thoughts?

        1. I think they’re at an equal level of difficulty, to be honest, just in different ways. When I began crocheting, the most challenging part was holding the yarn so that all of the stitches were even. When I began knitting, the most challenging part was a terror of all of those live stitches falling off the needles and disintegrating (it turns out if you’re using a wool yarn, the stitches tend to just hang out until you put them back on the needle, unless you yank your project, so that fear is unfounded). 😉 So if you like how knitting looks more, start there, since you’ll have more motivation!

          Since you don’t have any background, I would suggest beginning with English/throwing/yarn in the right hand knitting instead of continental/picking/yarn in the left hand. I’ve taught three people how to knit in person, and for all of them the righthanded method was easier to get the hang of & produced more even stitches from the beginning. I’d recommend picking up one skein of worsted weight wool (not superwash) yarn in a colour you love and a size 7 circular needle (16″ length) in bamboo, which ‘grabs’ the yarn more than a metal needle would. If you’re in the US and don’t have a convenient local yarn store (LYS in knitting lingo), this store sells Malabrigo Worsted (super soft and in a bunch of yummy tonal colours, as well as very reasonably priced & made by a women’s collective in Uruguay) and has free shipping: https://www.dizzysheep.com/catalog/yarn/malabrigo/malabrigo-worsted. One skein should be enough to make a coaster or bookmark or two for practice (maybe one all in knit & one all in purl, which will make them look the same but get your hands used to the rhythm of each) & then you can use the rest to make a hat (you will have to buy a set of double pointed needles-dpns-in size 7 for the top of the hat)! I think hats are a much more fun beginner project than scarves, because they go more quickly. 😀

          And now I’m done with my knitting enabling for the morning. lol The thing to remember is that the very worst thing that can happen is you end up unravelling the project, putting the yarn back into a ball, and starting over. The yarn will still be fine, and you’ll find it easier the second (or third) time, and you’re getting more practice for the same price. 😉 Also, don’t worry if your stitches don’t look perfect; when you’re done with a project, you soak it in warm water with a bit of soap, then rinse it in warm water, and lay it out to dry. That’s called blocking, and once it’s done, your stitches will be much more even. (I haven’t bothered to block my gloves yet & it shows in the photos, hehe.)

          If you do end up going for it, feel free to ask me as many questions as you’d like!

  4. Thanks, Eva. That was so encouraging and informative. I feel like maybe I can do it! ; ) One more thing if you have the time. I watched videos for both types of knitting and think the English method looks much easier. My mom knits continental style and that is what she tried to teach me years ago. I just felt like it was too much juggling of needles and yarn and my hands cramping. I did read that the English method is a slower method of knitting. Is it going to take significantly longer to finish a project or should I just buck up and learn continental? Thanks again for all your knitting insight! : )

    1. Hi Sarah! I’m so glad you found my reply encouraging!

      Honestly, at the beginning projects are going to take awhile to finish no matter which method you use. 🙂 One of the fastest knitters in the world knits English style (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfRZnN2rL4Y); once you’ve gotten more comfortable with it, there are ways to do it that lets you keep your fingers on the needle/holding the yarn all of the time, which speeds up the process a bit. It’s tricky for me to judge, since continental is my first method, so I knit more quickly in it just from having more experience, but there are projects that I prefer to knit English style with. They both have advantages & disadvantages so you can always try out continental once you’re comfortable with English style; your hands will be more knowledgeable and it won’t be as difficult as learning from scratch. Really using bigger yarn & needles is what’s going to let you finish your first projects faster though; if you’ve already had a poor experience trying to learn continental I think the benefits of English style outweigh any disadvantages. (The other factor in speeding up knitting & making it more ergonomic seems to be keeping your movements as small as possible, which is something I plan on experimenting with soon, but there will be plenty of time to worry about that once you’ve gotten comfortable knitting at all!)

      I’m going to talk more about all of this in my next podcast! So hopefully that’ll encourage you even more. 😀

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