How To Go From Beginner to Confident Knitter

How to Go From Beginner to Confident Knitter

Ok, so I know not all of you are seasoned knitters, but I DO know that there are so many awesome THINGS out there in the knitting world that you really want to make!  And maybe you feel like you’re not ready to tackle a more complex knitting project or maybe you’re really comfortable just plugging away with your knits and purls.  But, if you’re looking for a little inspiration to take your next knitting leap, I’m here to give you a little nudge.

Practice makes perfect as they say.  The easiest, cheapest, and most efficient way to finally take off your beginner training wheels is ALWAYS to practice, practice, practice.  And in knitting, practice means… well… knitting!  Just knit, knit, knit, knit, knit all day long!  That would be awesome if we could just knit all day and not have to do anything else, right?!  #dreamlife

Anyway, I’m sure you’re asking “ok well that’s great but… WHAT things should I be knitting so that I can get BETTER?” and I have two answers for this question.

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New Yarn + 3 Tips for Styling Handmade Knit Socks
Styling Knits

New Yarn Day + 3 Tips for Styling Handmade Knit Socks

I was super excited to get this yarn in my mailbox on Monday.  As soon as I got the delivery notifications (hooray, technology!) I rushed right out to get it.  Which, if you don’t know me, is not my typical behavior as I usually let the mail pile up for a few days (sorry mail carriers, I know I’m terrible!).  And I don’t usually go for yarns with multiple variegated colors, but after seeing it on Hey Lady Hey’s Instagram feed I just had to have it.  I guess you can call it an impulse buy, but I have no regrets.

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Wedding Shawl In Progress Cover
In Progress

The Most Important Knitting Project of My Life

In less than one month (omg.), I’m doing something that’s pretty huge and kind of scary to most people.  I’m getting married.  SQUEE!  I couldn’t be more excited about it and I absolutely know that it is going to be the best day EVER.  And OF COURSE I had to use the wedding as an opportunity to knit something extra special and also practical, like a shawl.  Because of reasons… or something, I don’t really know why.  I mean, I knit and I like shawls, those are pretty much my reasons.

Now shawls in general don’t really take a whole lot of time to knit, but man… when you’re knitting one for your WEDDING and you’re incredibly particular about things like I am (I can be super annoying when it comes colors and patterns), the whole process of choosing the yarn and the colorway and the pattern takes months.  Literally.  MONTHS.

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KnitPicks Catalog Oakwood Poncho
Inspired By

KnitPicks Oakwood Poncho Pattern

Oooh, I Want That!  That’s pretty much my reaction to patterns that I absolutely love.  Unfortunately, I love far more patterns than I could possibly knit.  The combination of wanting to make lots and lots of garments (all at the same time) and not being a super speedy knitter means that there are a lot of favorites out there that get no love from me.  So I figure a good way to get them some love is to share my inspiration with you all.

The first time I saw this Oakwood Poncho, I was bringing in the mail, dropped the pile on the kitchen table, pulled out the KnitPicks catalog and immediately shrieked “oooh I want that!”.  I had a million ideas racing through my brain before the damn left, logical side of my brain piped up with “but you’ll never make it!  you have too many other things you’re making!”.  But instead of wallowing in my own inability to knit a garment in one day, I put together a few ideas I had for making this AMAZING looking poncho.

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