How to be a more Productive knitter

Have you heard words like Area 51, UFOs and PHDs?

Are you tired of being stuck in Area 51 (your stash) with all your UFOs (unfinished objects) and PHDs (projects half done)?  I’ve put together a list of ways for you to be more productive and organized with your knitting.

Keep Your Stash Under Control

We are all guilty of having too much yarn. You know what I mean. We leave the house and find ourselves in the yarn aisle at Michaels or our favorite LYS, and we just buy. It’s pretty, it talks to you, the shop gal tells you it’s the perfect color for you. Guilty! Why not start buying for a particular project and keep your Area 51 from growing out of control. Whew…done!

sock yarn pile

Choose Projects that you are serious about

Ravelry is the perfect place to spend hours, literally hours, searching for that pattern. You all know what I’m saying, I’m sure. It’s down the rabbit hole you go. But again, it will keep you from having to add on to the house for additional yarn space. *smiling*

Have 2-3 projects going at all times

I know what you’re thinking, “but Deb, you said not to buy yarn just because and I might not have the yarn in Area 51.” I gotcha. Here’s what I propose…you search through Ravelry, find 3 patterns that you’d like to make. One that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends, one that is a bit more complicated and will take a couple months to finish, and one that makes you excited every time you think about knitting on it. Maybe its a new stitch or some part of the pattern you can’t get enough of. If you have more than 3 projects going at any given time, it will cause you to put them away and forget.

entwined2
Entwined Blanket Pattern
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Free Vanilla Sock Pattern

Choose a podcast or listen to an audiobook

My favorite thing to do is to watch a knitting podcast or listen to an audiobook while I knit. Even if its a bit more complicated, I find myself able to concentrate on the pattern, yet listen at the same time. Weird, I know. But, it’s also a great use of your time. A couple of my favorites can be found on Youtube: Brooklyn Knitfolk, By the Lakeside, and Grocery Girls.

Take your knitting with you (always)

Remember the one project I mentioned that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends? Yea, that one. That’s the one you grab on your way out the door in case you’re stuck waiting somewhere, or you are done running errands and just want to find a nice cup of coffee and sit. I do it all the time and love it. Make sure it’s in a cute project bag. Just ‘cuz.

me knitting

What’s your next project?

It’s ok to take breaks. Ravelry is a great place to go to. You can assign yarn and projects. You will find yourself back there, I’m sure, so why not have a list of yarn (in Area 51) that you’d like to knit with next. Assign that along with a pattern for future projects.

With these ideas, you will soon find yourself organized and productive; actually ticking things off that list and getting rid of UFOs and PHDs in your Area 51.

How exciting is that? Please share with me your plan, your new pattern finds, and of course your UFOs and PHDs. I have many myself.

(note to self, go through Area 51 and take your own advice.)

Knit On, friends!

Deb

 

 

 

 

How I make my "Plain Jane" Dishcloth Pattern

It’s no secret, this is an easy pattern.

Other words that might describe it are: nothing to it, plain, piece of cake, easily done, no sweat, straight-forward, among others.

I’ve had this listed in my Ravelry shop for quite some time. It gets a lot of attention, but I thought this would be a fun way to hear Plain Jane’s story…

As a new beginner, well, to designing anyway, the only two stitches I knew were knit and purl. Pretty simple. I found that when you purled on the wrong side, it had that smooth finish on the right side. So, I added a border to the bottom and sides, and there began my introduction into designing.

I’ve created this pattern to have a finished measurement of 9″ x 9″. However, this pattern can easily be made smaller or larger depending on your project, your needs. The only thing to keep in mind when doing this is, on the WS row, just make sure to knit the first 3 stitches, and the last 3 stitches, then purl everything else in the middle. That’s it! So cast on as many stitches as you want.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. There are so many things that can be created from it. I’ll name a few, but I do hope you’ll have your own ideas and share them with me.

Fun Ideas for your single square dishcloth

~ make 16 of these beautiful squares in a soft merino, or superwash wool. Sew them all together for a blanket. How about making your very own checker board. Fun, huh?

~ Fingerless gloves – make the square, fold it in half leaving just enough space for your thumb to go through and seam the two sides together.

~ Pot Holder – Knit the square using a thick wool, maybe even using 2 strands held together, then FELT.

Plain Jane Dishcloth Pattern
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

Abbreviations
K-knit
P-purl
BO-bind off
CO-cast on

Materials
1 skein of your favorite cotton yarn-I used Sugar and Cream
US #7 straight needle
Yarn needle
Scissors
Tape measure for measuring finished item

Gauge
4 stitches = 1 inch

Pattern Instructions
CO 36 stitches

Knit 4 rows

Row 1 (WS): K3, P30, K3
Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat this 2-row pattern for a total of 24 times.

Knit 3 rows

Finishing
Bind off all stitches and weave in all ends.

THATS IT!



Have fun, be creative, and most of all,

KNIT ON!
Deb

TGV…what is that?

Funny you should ask…it’s the coolest, most quick knit you’ve ever done. I’m having so much fun knitting this. In fact, my work projects have taken a back seat. It’s knit top down and has two sections; garter and rib with only ONE pattern.

I’m using fingering weight yarn, Skeindalous, with a looooong color change. It’s her Betty Sock. This was the perfect choice for this shawl. Though, a fingering weight self-striping would be awesome too.

Oh! I’ll have to knit this again with self-striping yarn.

It’s the perfect take-along project. Planes, trains and automobiles. Not to mention the dentist office while waiting to be a DD for a friend, knitting group so you can chat away, or just plain I-really-don’t-want-to-focus-on-anything-today kind of project.

All around Super fun!

The pattern is called TGV (Tricot grande vitesse–High speed knitting). It’s a pay-for pattern, but oh-so worth it! The designer is Susan Ashcroft. You might want to hang out a bit on her Ravelry page. She has some fun knits.

Glad I could enable you. But knitters, I MUST get back to work!

So, as I always say,
Knit On!

Deb

Fun and Crazy Summer Socks

Summer is upon us. You wouldn’t guess it based on the weather we are having. I think our highs have topped in the mid 80’s. I’m not complaining, because this is our fire season; the one part of the year we all cringe when it appears.

I’ve been working on socks. Crazy Summer Socks. (psst…there are more fun socks coming soon.)

I’m in love with them. Colorful, easy to memorize, you make them as long or short as you like, and colorful. Oh, I said that, I know, but really, they are. I think the colors are what make this sock. You can see the basketweave effect in the leg. The cuff is a twisted rib. So perfectly matched with this design.

The yarn is from Mountain Colors, Crazyfoot, Summertime colorway. So, you can clearly see how I came up with the name. 🙂

I have them listed in my Etsy shop, and Ravelry Shop,

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and did, knitting them.

So, as I always say,
Knit On!
Deb