After having spent quite a while knitting my first jumper and discovering that it was much much much too large (I might gift it to Hagrid!) I became quite disheartened with knitting and so just did silly wee projects that require much though/time/effort. However, I'm back on track and I've started knitting another jumper, but taking much more care with it; I made sure and knit a couple of swatches to make sure it was dead on, and I'm making sure to follow the pattern exactly. However, I think there are maybe some changes I need to make to the pattern; it says to continue knitting the front/back for 18.5 inches until you start shaping the arm holes...and judging from my last attempt this is too long for my body!? Or does 18.5 inches sound about right?! And if I should change them, by how much?! Is it enough to just hold it against my body and decide when I think it's long enough, or is this method deceptive!?
Another slight problem I'm having; recently when I've been knitting in stocking stitch, all of my plain rows have been really tight, and my purl rows really loose...as a result I put kinda horizontal lines right across the work and makes it look...well...amateur! So to resolve this, I starting knitting really lose, and purling really tight...and whilst it seems to have solved the problem (for the most part) it's still not really nice to have to consciously change my tension when I'm knitting! Has anyone else experienced this?! If so, advice?!
And a final side note; I was going to try making a brief folly into the world of patchwork quilting just to test the waters. However; it would seem that to do it properly you have to have a knitting machine, a rotary cutter and one of those giant massive square ruler things...none of which come cheap! And then when you add the price of materials and stuffing etc. it's completely out of my price range (as a student!!!). So has anyone found, or know of, a cheaper way to try quilting!? I know my mum has all of the above, but I dunno how willing she would be to part with her kit! lol
Sorry...I forgot how verbose I am! Speak soon! x