Saturday, April 28, 2012

Improving my Skillset 3KCBWDAY6

Improving Your SkillsetHow 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'm going to be honest, I don't often think about what sorts of improvement I would like to make in my yarn crafts. I'd call myself an intermediate crocheter and somewhere between easy and intermediate for my knitting. I haven't reached the sweater milestone yet in either of my crafts, but plan on doing so in the near future.

In knitting, I don't honestly see myself moving beyond intermediate, not for lack of interest, but more because knitting is my second craft. I want to see how far I can go with crochet first. And, being honest (and reading my tags for my blog) I crochet a lot more, and enjoy a lot more. I know there are some things that are easier to make when knitting, but the same goes for crocheting.

Crocheting in the round makes sense to me; I love it. And because I love it, I'm not really keen on learning to knit small circular items. I can make amigurumi, mittens, slipper socks, etc, with crochet.

So now that I've ranted a bit about how I feel, I'll try to actually create a list for today's theme...
If I were to set goals for improving my crafts, here's my list:
  • Barbara @ Made in K-town's Beyond the Square motif challenge: to make 100+ designs from Edie Eckman's book. I've already made a few, but I'd like to try more to help me branch out.
  • Knitted socks. I will admit, those are hard to replicate in crochet. I will probably only ever make one pair, but I do want to say that I've tried it. 
  • Writing patterns- both written and charted- at least one in both crafts. 
  • I will make a sweater, or at least 2 sweaters- one knitted and one crocheted. 
I feel like my list could be longer-- maybe I'll look at this prompt next year and consider myself absolutely crazy for my goals. We'll see!

I would love to hear about everyone else's ideas for improving! google 3KCBWDAY6 to see more from KCBW!


  1. I'm warning you, once you have finished a pair of socks and got them on your feet you will want to knit more. They really are THAT comfortable!

  2. omg, my name's actually appears on a list!!! :) The motif challenge really improves my crochet skills, there's always something new to learn. I'm glad you're joining us! I don't know why, but "knitting socks" had always been my one and only goal when it came to knitting. I've learned it a few years ago (with a book) - mission accomplished, no more need to knit something else now :)

    1. Glad you managed your one knitting goal :)

  3. Yep, sweater for me, too. Still looking for a pattern. Socks can be addictive, or at least sock yarn can be.


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