Saturday, April 28, 2012
3KCBWDAY6 - Improving Your Skillset
Improving Your Skillset
How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.
Despite the fact that I've only been crocheting about 2 years, I honestly feel like I'm a fairly advanced crocheter. I've definitely worked patterns classified as such. I love learning new things and challenging myself, so once I got hooked I jumped in with both feet. If I see a pattern with stitches I've never tried or that looks really complicated, I get excited.
I picked up the language of crochet pretty quickly. When I first picked up a pattern, I was just baffled by the abbreviations and terminology. Charts are still a bit tricky for me, I prefer my directions written out. With amigurumi, unless there is something unique about a row, all I need is the stitch count for that row. I've condensed a pattern written out over several pages to just half a page before ;).
I am able to improvise my own patterns and figure out some patterns just looking at the finished product. I've written and shared a few of my own patterns, and I hope to do more - possibly to sell.
There are several techniques I haven't tried yet, such as Tunisian crochet, that I would like to try eventually. Right now I want to get more into overlay crochet. I'm finishing up a few projects and I think my next project will be something from this book:
As for knitting, I'd say I'm an adventurous beginner. I'd like to try another knitting project before the year is over. Time is key, though.... there is just so much I want to try but not nearly enough time to do it all.