I bought the magazine Knit.Purl (Fall/Winter 2014) and discovered many a project I wish to make. The pattern for Bio Palm intrigued me enough to temporarily put on hold the search I had going for a project that has been hibernating for so long I am uncertain its exact location. I really had enjoyed working on that sweater, but once again I let life dance me around again and I lost track of time, the sweater and who knows what else. I will finish that Fair Isle sweater, but right now I am too intrigued by this new one and its very inventive construction!
I am using a hand-dyed, worsted weight yarn by Red Barn Yarns in the color Vintage Leather. The color is fantastic, between that and its name, and the look of the sweater it almost feels like a Steampunkish project to me!
Beyond the ingenious construction found in this pattern I am reaching beyond my comfort zone in the actual knitting process. Traditionally I am an English/American style knitter. For those unfamiliar with the sport, that means I hold my working yarn in my right hand and ‘throw’ the yarn around the working needle. For this event I plan to carry through knitting the entire project Continental style. Yep, you guessed correctly, holding the yarn in my left hand and ‘picking’ the stitches. Don’t get me wrong, I am not learning how to knit Continental on this project, I just don’t yet achieve the best tension on my yarn knitting that way. I am hoping this project will help me to refine my skills.
For those people interested in knowing more about the differences (and similarities!) in knitting styles. Or even for those who wish to do as I have done, and teach yourself to knit. There are a plethora of videos on YouTube, or you may enjoy the website that brought me through, KnittingHelp.com. Also, many books and magazines are available. Those lucky enough will find a new home away from home staffed with nice friendly staff at a local yarn store. Such an establishment, (your LYS) will likely have classes you can take as well to learn or improve skills.
I hope to have pictures of my Vintage Palm soon. I actually would have had some now if I had thought of taking any before I ripped out the project, twice. I am on gauge, and my tension has improved with the forced practice. I hope that when I resume the process tomorrow I am happy enough with my results I don’t feel the need to start over… again!