I Made Another Thing







This is Simmer Dim by Gudrun Johnston. Inspired by Ali  and by my success at sock knitting I decided to try a shawl. I found it an easy and quick knit, ideal for a beginner which is what I consider myself to be. I think if you can knit and purl and keep an even tension you should have no trouble knitting this. Having said that there were several things which were new to me; knitting with circular needles (easy), lace, picot cast offs, yarn overs, slip slip knits, and constructing a triangle. Ali said 'Youtube is your friend' and she was right. Youtube has a tutorial, and in many cases several, for every single knitting technique you might need.

My lovely soft yarn is from Jill Draper Makes Stuff and is 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. I bought it from the lovely Anj at Meadow Yarn.

I'm now beginning to think of myself as a knitter as well as a crocheter. I'm also beginning to wonder if I might not like knitting a little bit more than crocheting!

Now, what shall I knit next?

Comments

  1. I can recommend gloves - easier than you think and really useful. The shawl is lovely, well done. I definitely prefer knitting - perfect for autumn evenings.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It's wonderful, it looks so complicated, I'm very impressed. Youtube is quite amazing. Everything is on there. Everything. How on earth did we ever manage to do anything before?

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is beautiful Sue! Hard to believe you are such a novice. Congratulations:)

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's really beautiful. You did a great job.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ooo! That looks lovely. I'm a beginner at knitting, but I really think I must get my needles out again.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Just gorgeous Sue, love the colour of that yarn and I always love how shawls look more complicated than what they are to knit, enjoy as the weather gets cooler x Penny

    ReplyDelete
  7. Clever..
    Gorgeous colour too.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I like that, a lot. The colour is rather lovely too. Well done Sue.

    ReplyDelete
  9. May I suggest yet another thing ? You seem to be really good at things y'see... That's a very nice thing you made, think I need a shawl now.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It looks lovely Sue.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Well done, it is lovely. Wearing a shawl quickly becomes addictive, particularly in winter,even more particularly when it is a luxurious yarn.Be careful!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a lovely thing! How about a thing to go on your head next?

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am mightily impressed. I have one like that ripped off the knitting needles in a fit of pique (not picot).

    ReplyDelete
  14. You made another beautiful thing!

    And if you can make a Simmer Dim look effortless you are a knitter!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Beautiful shawl, Sue. I'm always impressed by how you throw yourself (fearlessly?) into anything you might want to do and just get it done. And I agree about the knitting vs. crocheting. I too started out crocheting, but now that I've taken up knitting I think I prefer it. But I will always crochet too.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Well now, I think I am a beginner when it comes to knitting and so I suspect you are actually an intermediate knitter, Sue! The whole thing is lovely, the colour, the shape, the pattern. And good timing too as it's pretty chilly up here right now, just the time to be thinking about woolens and layers. x

    ReplyDelete
  17. It is perfectly beautiful, and just the sort of thing a Jane Austen heroine would wear.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Sue, you are a natural born knitter. (I knew this when I saw those socks you showed us.) The yarn you chose for this beautiful lacy shawl is lovely!

    Circular needles were not around when my great auntie taught me to knit way, way back. I finished many sweaters and stitches, and other projects for decades before finding the flexibility that circular needles provide. I continue to choose them for some projects when lots of stitches and increases of those stitches are involved, yet still prefer plain old-fashioned single point needles for most of my knitting (Well, then there are the socks and mitts and gloves, etc. and the wonders of double points.)

    I'll sign off now, so I can pick up my own current chevron patterned scarf knitting. Still plotting out the color changes.

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is beautiful, Sue. I agree with the others--you really are a knitter! I've been knitting for years but I still shy away from lace patterns--they need too much concentration for my taste!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Heh - I'm just the same. Started off as a crocheter, and then discovered the joys of knitting. I hardly crochet at all any more, except for blankets. I much prefer crochet for blankets and, after some particularly complicated lacy knitting, I like nothing more than hooking away at a blanket on the sofa, with a film on and cats on my knee.

    ReplyDelete
  21. You made a lovely 'Thing', there'll be no stopping you now!

    S x

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow Sue, you are on a roll!!!! That shawl and yarn are beautiful!! The pattern looks lovely but I am pants at knitting... One day, when I have a bit more time, I will try it. Circular needles look very intimidating.....
    You tube is great to learn new skills, I learnt how to crochet there and have been sewing some kid's clothes this summer by looking at some videos and blogs... I love it!! What did we do before the internet??
    Pati xx

    ReplyDelete
  23. Its absolutely lovely.

    I love knitted things I really really do, but knitting makes me cry.

    ReplyDelete
  24. beautiful!!! the most complicated knit designs are really no more than knit, purl, and good tension!!!! (and maybe knitting/purling stitches in a different order than they are on the needle....easy, too!!!) the knitting world is your oyster!!! go for it!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. That really is beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a beautiful colour. I almost choked when I opened this post & saw that gorgeous shawl! Seriously need to get back to my knitting, inspired muchly by yours. Gloves would be good to go with this as the colder weather hastens Sue & there are masses of gorgeous patterns on Ravelry. Well done you! x

    ReplyDelete
  27. Gorgeous shawl, congratulations

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment