For those who may not know, I kind-of have this little obsession thing with knitting. It’s been going on about 8 months now and I see no end in sight. It’s cathartic and helps me work through plot tangles (HA HA! YARN JOKE! Yeah, I’ll stop that now).
So, when Skyla Dawn Cameron expressed a desire for a knitted Mr. Pointy (a Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing – Skyla is a mega!fan of the series), I…
Okay, I had to learn a few things, which just makes it all the more wonderful for me. I mean, I’d never really knitted in the round or used some of the techniques detailed in a rough guide/pattern Skyla found for me, but it didn’t seem all that hard and I had done most of them messing around with various stitches.
I’d never actually made anything with those techniques.
Well, this is where practice yarn comes in. I bought the right size and type of needles (a trip to the yarn store? Oh, TWIST MY ARM) and began simply.
Um…it didn’t turn out like I wanted it to.
Now, I’d like to take a moment to point out that basically everything I’ve learned about knitting, I’ve learned from YouTube. My sister-in-law may have started it, but YouTube has been invaluable in continuing my education. So, I went to my trusted knitting tutor of the Intarwebz and found alternative ways to do as the guide suggested that I liked better.
I scrapped the first attempt (okay, I made a cat toy out of it, and Bee-girl loves it to pieces) and started over with the modified stitches/technique. (I learned to do and used Magic Loop knitting if anyone is interested.)
It worked. I modified an existing pattern to suit my purposes, and it FREAKING WORKED. This is like knitting geekery for me and I can’t help but be immensely pleased with it. It’s a huge step in my knitting development.
Now to the point of this post.
I have finished the knitted vampire stake.
How can you win this bad boy? Well, head over to Skyla’s giveaway page and see. Also up for grabs are books, a gift card to a bookstore, movies, another knitted item of your choice and color (from a list!) made by me, and more! Go check out what you can win!
Now back to my edits. It hasn’t been all knitting around here you know!