A Knitting Q&A

Inspired by the questions Karen posted and answered on her blog NothingButKnit, I thought I’d give you my answers to the questions as well, and allow you a glimpse into my knitting life.

What technique were you surprised that you enjoyed?
Brioche! I saw a lot of people ravishing about it last winter, and knitting all things brioche. But I was pretty skeptical if any one technique could really be that amazing. Having tried it out now, I have to say there is something about it, especially two-color brioche, that I enjoy very much. It is just so squishy and I love the way the colors play together. I’m also starting to get the hang of increases and decreases, which takes my brioche knitting to a whole new level.

What technique do you want to love, but don’t?
Sweaters knit in pieces. I love the idea of them and the structure the seams give the garment, but I just can’t be bothered. You finish all the knitting without knowing for sure if the garment will fit and then you also have to do all the seaming before you get any idea of the finished object. That said, if I really want a sweater I’ll still do it. I will just enjoy the process a little less than usual.

What is your favorite item to make?
A tough one, but it has to be sweaters. While I love knitting shawls and socks, it’s sweaters that inspire and motivate me the most. There are so many different patterns I still want to make. It is where I can live out my love for different textures to the fullest. Cabled sweaters anyone?

You’re only allowed to knit with one yarn weight forever. What weight is it and why?
I have a special place in my heart for DK weight, it is just so versatile. I can use it for knitting a sweater (held single or double) and it is still possible to make a nice, warm pair of socks. And depending on the fiber content, it is really a yarn for all seasons (except for the heatwave we’ve had this summer 😉 )

What item that you made is your all-time favorite?
Definitively my Knox Sweater! An amazing pattern by Michele Wang, that I knit with West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn. I really love how the speckles in the yarn give it a bit of interest, without competing with the cable pattern. Can’t wait for the weather to get cooler, so I can cuddle up in it again.

You can find the original post and Karens answers here.