Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year. I am so looking forward to 2015 and all the new possibilities and mystery's that lay at my feet. I wanted to take some time to reflect over my crafty creations from 2014. I have learnt so many new skills, which I am using a lot.

I learnt how to knit on double pointed needles! Yippee. I was wary about trying dpns for the longest time, but I wanted to have a go at knitting socks. I had heard that hand knitted socks were the best socks in the world. So off I went and bought a ball of sock yarn...and the rest is history. I found it fiddly at first,with the cast of, and getting to grips with handing so many needles, but once I got going, it was so easy. I've no idea why it took me so long give it a go. 

Tah dah! My first pair of socks completed. I loved knitting them. Took me a while to knit them because the yarn is fine, but never the less I did it. Even my other half was impressed and he wanted a pair.

So obviously I used this excuse to try another pattern to make more socks. I knitted these ones in Aran weight yarn for a more chunkier feel. Which I thought was the best option for a men feet. These took no time at all to knit up, with these ones I knitted them using 4 dpns, whereas my first pair was with 5dpns. I prefer knitting with 5dpns, I find there is less strain on the stitches.

In 2014 I also developed a taste for the more fancier yarns. Don't get me wrong, some of the bargin yarns are brilliant, but sometimes I just fancy some of the fancier ones! I recently went to a knit and stitch show and there were so many hand dyed, hand spun yarns I could have stayed there forever and be quite content.

Now in 2015, my resolution is to knit, crochet more and to do more sewing. Last year my hobbies got pushed to the wayside because of university. In the past few months, I have learnt that I can do both, IF I organise my time properly. Even though I love what I do at Uni, I will always love to knit and crochet more. One of the career paths I can take with my Textiles degree is a Yarn Designer...think I may look into this.

Ciao for now
Nikki x

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