Okay so the latest knitting news...
The most exciting news from me is that I started knitting a jumper last night and it seems to be going fairly well. I was in the shop just looking at yarn and I saw they had a pattern for this cool jumper for free, and it said it was relatively easy...so I decided, fuck it! I might try it and it'll look horrible and misshapen, or it might turn out half-decent! So I went to price the yarn and we were talking 16 (50g) skiens at £3.79 which worked out at just over £60!! A little steep for something that was, most likely, going to end up a complete disaster! So I looked for other similar sized wool at a cheaper price, and I found some of those giant industrial-sized 400g skiens at £6.59 and bought them instead! Cha-ching! So this experiment which was going to cost £60 ended up costing £13....IN YOUR FACE EXPENSIVE YARN COMPANIES!!! Nah, you can quite clearly see the quality difference, but I imagine there's not really much point buying good-quality yarn unless you're a good-quality knitter. So I started knitting the back yesterday and I did all the ribbing (WOW! How tedious is K1 P1 ribbing?!?) and just continued working the rest in stocking stitch. I'm really looking forward to the shaping for the arms and shoulders etc. We'll see how it goes, so watch this space!
On other news...I think I've cracked the concept of knitting in the round with 4 DPNS!!! I was sitting watching a film and I saw the little ball of yarn and the set of needles and thought...I'll try you guys one more time, you little suckers! So I cast on 48 stitches, divided them between the three (16, 16, 16) and just started knitting, and it was actually working. I went on for a couple of inches and there it was....the ankle of my little soon-to-be sock! So I'm just working the heel right now, and we'll see how that turns out! Sometimes it still feels like I'm wrestling with an octopus though...the concept of circular needles just makes so much more sense to me, but I'm told it's worth learning how to use DPNS.
And I currently have two scarves on the go! Yes, yes, I know! I'm a project slut! Haha! The cabled one for my friend looks really good, I enjoy cabling...but I'm finding it hard to start using the new skien because the wool is so chunky! The other scarf is just done in stocking stitch using boucle yarn....which is alright. I think boucle wool looks really awesome but I don't massively enjoy knitting with it, so I'm just doing a couple of rows a day until I'm finished it. I've got quite a good idea for the fringe though!
Wow, it never ceases to amaze me when I see how verbose I really am! Sorry guys! One last series of questions....
Are there any vegans out there?! And if so, do you use wool to knit with or do you use alternatives?! Do you get good quality yarn that doesn't have wool? Any specialist companies I could order from? I don't know if I necessarily disagree with using wool, don't the sheep get shaved anyway?!?! lol
If you made it this far, thanks for reading!
P.S. To anyone who has messaged me...I promise I'll get back soon! I'm a bit of a tech-spaz!