For me, certain projects require a bit of a push. There’s almost always one all-out, late-night, knit-fest to get through some part of a project. Last night was the endurance portion of my Overdyed Cypress vest knitting, but it paid off.
The back and front of my vest are complete, similarly-shaped (the back is purposefully narrower than the front), and vaguely garment-like. Once they dry, I will seam them up and then it’ll be just a matter of adding armhole and neckline trim before Saturday. I’m a little worried that the pieces are too long (I didn’t make row gauge and tried to compensate for that) but we’ll just have to wait and see about the fit. Sometimes, staying up into the wee hours to power through shoulder shaping sections is totally worth it.
Meanwhile, the cowl that I’m so in love with is progressing, slowly but surely. I’ve forgotten how much I like working a simple lace pattern back and forth on straight needles. No shaping to fret about, it doesn’t get longer any as you go, and there’s no annoying circular needle join to contend with. Pure pleasure.
I’m still chugging away on the never-ending-pound of Falkland wool that I used for my ply experiment. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a delightful fiber and a joy to spin, I’m just itching to make some big fluffy colorful singles yarns, and this flow of fine white fiber is not abating.
On an entirely different note, does anyone have any good teaching resources for brand new knitters? I’ve volunteered to teach a bunch of middle-to-high-school-aged girls how to knit this Friday, and I haven’t had a chance to do much searching for materials yet. We’re going to be making Harry Potter scarves, in either striped garter stitch or 1×1 rib (their choice) and I’ll have some samples to show, but it would be great to have some illustrations and written directions that they could take home with them on a handout. If anyone knows of some good resources, please let me know!
All of this is beautiful, but I adore the cowl, especially in that deep, rich red.
As for teaching resources, I’m guessing there’s probably a teaching knitting group on Ravelry? Hope it goes well. 🙂
Love the vest! I knew you could do it! And the lace, in that red, is scrumptious.
I recently taught kids to knit. It took a bit to get started, but it went well. I found this rhyme online that helped me think it through, although the kids didn’t get it. I will also email you a handout I made 🙂
Knitting 101 is good. At least for the videos after class.
That red is just gorgeous…..I have taught crochet to elementary kids, bug not knitting…good luck…
Yay! Can’t wait to see modeled pictures of the vest soon. Love the cowl and how it’s knitting up in that gorgeous yarn. Totally fits the pattern. Have fun making more knitters! The Yarn Council has a lot of on-line information, but I think the best way to teach kids is to put needles and yarn in their hands right away, demonstrate the basics and just let them have fun with it. The Harry Potter scarves will be the perfect fun first project, too!