July 20, 2012
My friend Jordan taught me the very, very basics and then my best friend Helen taught me some more advanced things like knitting in the round. Helen actually lives in the UK, so she ended up teaching me new things via Internet videos and creative Skype video sessions for a long time. It was a really interesting way to learn, but it's also meant that I usually don't have the option of holding something up and saying "Hey, where did I go wrong?" especially since Jordan moved out of the city we both lived in shortly after she taught me the basics. I've been knitting for a little over a year now, which is a little startling--it doesn't feel anything like that long! It's been a blast trying new things.
I really like bamboo blends a lot of the time. I am also a big fan of cotton. I don't have a ton of money to blow on yarn at the moment--grad student!--but I also am not really a fan of the squeak of pure acrylic any more, so I go for things that are affordable but also a step up from that sort of texture. I also tend to like yarns that are machine washable, so in general acrylic blends with enough other fiber to not squeak and/or have miserable textures are my friends. Wool is often a little too scratchy for me, but lately I've been experimenting with working with it more often, especially in blends. We'll see how that goes!
Something ridiculously complicated and cable-infested, because what else am I going to do but focus on complexity? Possibly an interesting light jacket of some sort. I'd throw myself at something I'd never seen before and preferably include at least one technique I'd never tried, like intarsia. (Yeah, this theoretical garment is currently REALLY hideous in my head, but an interesting challenge to try and learn new techniques on.) In real life I tend to waffle between interestingly complex and very simple stockinette-in-the-round kinds of things, depending on whether I've felt really bored or really overwhelmed lately. Sometimes I luck out and find patterns with elements of both. I do often like a challenge.
Hah, almost certainly a lifelong passion. So far it's shaping to be something I do whenever I have a little time to watch TV or listen to a podcast, or sometimes even when I read books on my laptop. I love knitting and even if I might get distracted and not have time for it for a couple of weeks, I always come back when I have more time again.
Hi! I'm Erin and I've newly moved to Austin in order to start grad school at UT in evolutionary biology. I'm really interested in meeting new people in this city, and a knitting group is something I've wanted to do for quite a while!