She hasn't knocked down the tree this year ... yet. But as you can see ... she's being the terrible cat that she is and she found their stocking. After this pic ... I had to pull her off the window ... she was up to the stocking.
This was improvised from another pattern. I know how to make crochet stitches ... but I wouldn't say I know how to crochet (like knowing how to make a knit stitch vs how to make a sock or sweater). So I wanted an easy project to brush up on my crochet skills.
Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA 100% Acrylic Super Bulky
Hooks: 10mm and 6.5mm
Cast On: 11/23/14
Its 48" square ... perfect size for me (5'3") and it was a super fast project. Probably would have been done quicker if 1) I didn't run out of light grey yarn and have to go back to the store twice until it was restocked and 2) its so bulky it hurt my wrist to work on it for extended periods of time.
This photo is blurry and grainy because its dark, my husband goes to bed much earlier than I do (I work at 3pm) Riley does what we refer to as "tv time" with my husband .... but he also serves as mommy's bed warmer, LOL!!!
I've got everything printed out and ready to go. All written work is complete, all swatches are knit and blocked and labeled. I've checked all references (to make sure anything I cited is indeed listed as a reference).
The program required 17 swatches and a mitten. Each swatch is accompanied by a page in the binder with cited references for the techniques, some required writing instructions or a paragraph about the technique. One swatch required writing a pattern so that another knitter could make the swatch.
A 2-4 page report on blocking and care of hand knits with references.
22 questions answered and cited; some questions having 2-5 sub questions.
I gave myself a deadline of 6 months to complete this Level of the program. I received my instruction packet on 6/8/14 ... and its done as of 11/28/14!! I took two fairly large breaks where I didn't do any additional work on the program (4-6 weeks).
I did not keep up on blogging about it - mainly because I took all the photos of the swatches on the same day, LOL!
I learned a tremendous amount. Especially about tension and different increase and decrease techniques. I've never had any real issues with tension in my knitting, but I still learned some techniques to improve it.
The Level 1 Project is the Classic Mitten with Stripes. Looks very easy, but that cuff was a doozy! In addition care must be taken to obtain the appropriate gauge, length of knitting as stated in the pattern and it must be blocked appropriately.
Swatches 14-16 Cables
These swatches required cable work. The cables should not have over stretched stitches or ladders between the purl stitches. They should also be blocked properly to not flatten out the cables.
Swatch 14: Single Cable Cross
Swatch 15: Horseshoe Cable
Swatch 16: Cable Swatch & Pattern
This swatch required writing a pattern and knitting the appropriate number of multiples and repeats of the provided cable stitch.
Swatch 17: Colorwork
This swatch required a mid-row color change join that avoids holes or uneven tension. It also required changing colors in ribbing and avoiding bi-colored purl stitches.