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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Random musings

I just looked through the new Herrschner's catalog last night, and yet another fantasy design jumped out at me and made me buy it. In the Garden, a Kustom Krafts design adapted to cross-stitch by Natalya Romanova from the artwork of Susan McKivergan. I opted for just the chart, since I would be swapping out the medium blue aida for some evenweave anyway, and I have plenty of floss stash.

Has anyone stitched a Kustom Krafts chart? I'm just wondering how they are - I don't have any of their kits or charts in my stash, and I'm hoping this one isn't a ton of confetti stitching. I guess I'll see in the next week or so, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has stitched one of their designs.

Playing in the crochet-along, I've been following a lot of the discussions on both the Bernat blog and Ravelry, and I discovered that Bernat did a knit-along that ended earlier this year. The charts are still up, so I've downloaded them and decided to try them out to get some more practice on my knitting. Unlike some of my friends, who can knit anything and everything (and the projects always turn out beautiful), knitting does not come naturally to me. Or at least not as naturally as crochet.

It may be that I've been crocheting for a much longer time, but I'm not 100% convinced of that. You see, I can pick up a crochet pattern, and work it up, and rarely have to rip it out unless my gauge is really off. Knitting, not so much. I can tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch, and I can do those, but if I drop a stitch, it's really difficult for me to pick it back up. If I do manage to pick it back up, it may not have been put back on the needle correctly.

The other thing I struggle with is charts. I have no trouble reading charts for crochet, and in fact, I prefer them. I have some issues of crochet magazines from several years ago that use charts, and I love those. For knitting, I can read a pattern generally correctly. A chart? Not so much. Actually, not even close. So I plan to use these patterns to understand charts better, since they give both the pattern instructions and chart for each of the designs.

If you're interested in the knit-along patterns, even though the KAL already over, you can find them on Bernat's blog using the category Mystery Afghan Knit-Along. They're in reverse order, so you'll have to go to the end of page 2 to get the first clue. I'm using Caron's Simply Soft, since I have enough stash of that. I plan to use a bunch of different colors (and that way it doesn't cost me any extra, though I'd like to try the Bernat Satin sometime). Hopefully I'll gain some confidence (believe it or not knitting a couple of socks and scarves hasn't gotten me there yet - it's still not yet as natural as crocheting), because I WANT to get there. I think that knitting and crochet are both beautiful and it shouldn't have to be 'one or the other' for me. :)

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