Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Improving Your Skillset

Day Six of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Today’s code, if you wish to follow along the other blogs also participating, is 3KCBWDAY6. You’ll need to enter that into the search engine of your choice and if everyone tagged their posts correctly, you’ll find other bloggers talking about the same subject! Fun, right?

Today’s post is: Improving Your Skillset

Eskimimi says:

How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how’s your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you’d like to have tried them by.

I feel pretty confident in the skills I have. Usually on the surveys you find on yarn sites and such I label myself as an expert. That’s not to say I don’t still have things to learn. I think true experts recognize that there are always things to learn in their chosen field.

I still struggle with pattern grading. That’s the fancy term for taking a pattern you’ve designed for one size and doing the math to be able to write the directions for other sizes. Without then working the sample to make sure. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to do it. I just don’t trust myself with it yet. My numbers feel off and it makes me nervous. I have done it, and it’s worked, but it still feels weird. If I ever get back into designing, I will likely give this another go.

I also really want to learn how to do hairpin lace. There are some amazing designs coming out lately with hairpin lace. I know the mechanics of how to do it, I just haven’t worked with it enough to be able to really give it a go.

One of the other skills I really want to pick up is to spin. I have used the drop spindle, and did really well at it. I also own a spinning wheel. But, I’ve never really given it a go. Mainly because when I did have time it was 95 degrees outside (which meant it was 85 in the house) and it was just too hot to play with wool. When it was cold, I was swamped with deadlines. So, hoping to get the spinning wheel moved over here soon (gotta get the room ready for it first) and then give it a spin (ha!).

This may be the year I also give knitting a go again. I did learn how to knit continental a while back and that was passable. I also really like using the Knook to knit with, so maybe I can use that to knit with while I build the muscle memory.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I know, compared to the others it’s kinda short, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Please join me tomorrow for the last post in the Knitting and Crochet Blog week. You can find other posts on this topic by using the code 3KCBWDAY6 in your search engine. See you tomorrow!