Knitting disasters: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 3
Episode 3: Knitting disasters
Welcome to episode 3 of The Ordinary Knitter. In this episode: knitting disasters, modifying patterns (these two things can be related) and how to avoid thumbholes. I went to ridiculous lengths to avoid thumbholes and achieved complete success!
Just for a laugh, here’s the To the Sea jumper after its mishap:
What did I learn? Don’t tumble acrylic. One reason I made that mistake is that I’d researched aran for a jumper for DS and had found one that could be tumbled, so I just assumed they all could – wrong! Now I pay very close attention to laundry care labels, both when choosing yarn and when the garment is made and I’ve forgotten what the label said. Sometimes I use a magnet to stick them on the washing machine!
Knitting podcast: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 1
Welcome to The Ordinary Knitter, a new knitting podcast. I aim to release at least one 20 minute podcast every week. I use everyday, affordable yarns and more often than not free patterns from Ravelry or somewhere else on the internet.
Warning – deeply dodgy broadcast quality! Please bear with me as I learn how to do this properly. I’m falling over myself with enthusiasm at the moment and just want to get this on the go.
Episode 1: Knitting podcast
Welcome to episode 1 of my new knitting podcast. In this episode: introducing myself, talking about current projects and associated issues (ie disasters), and looking at ideas for the future of the podcast.
I started this podcast as the knitting podcasts I’ve listened to, while enjoyable, don’t focus on the things that interest me most. I like to talk about why I settle on the patterns I knit, why I chose the yarns and what happened as the project progressed. The podcasts I’ve listened to have tended to be about yarns more than actual knitting, so I hope there’s a place for a podcast that rather iconoclastically doesn’t put yarn centre stage.
Please leave me a comment, let me know what you think, and find me on Instagram @theordinaryknitter and on Ravelry as OrdinaryKnitting.
Ft knitting patterns:
Shawl Collar Vest by Jennifer Miller (link to my Ravelry page). I’ve nicknamed this the Seaside Shrug as the colours are my mother’s favourite sea colours and I think of this garment type as a shrug rather than a shawl.
An early pair of socks for my daughter, too thick to wear under normal shoes and with a lovely tight cuff cast on! When I made these I didn’t even know there were different ways of casting on and bindng off (listen to episode 5 for a discussion of the terms cast off/bind off). Generally I learn the hard way but I’m getting better!