Happy Valentine’s Day, dear Hold-Alongers! Week two is in the books and the progress you guys are making on these knit, crochet, and weaving projects is incredible! I especially love the reflections you are sharing on the school Community Forums and Discord, discovering what works and doesn’t work for your style, needs, and intentions.
My Tank Progress
My own project had a minor setback, but I think I’m on the road forward again. Last week, after swatching and running some numbers for the type of top I want to make, I realized I was going to be 20-some-odd grams shy of the needed yardage. Ack!
I re-swatched with the next size up needle (US 6) and then, after deciding to go for more of a tank top, I reworked the garment measurements to come up with what I *hope* will be a cute top. The good news is that the needle change didn’t alter the way the colour flows in the fabric.
I had also tested out a needle two sizes larger (US 7) and quickly found out it wasn’t going to work. The colours felt a little more muddled, and the fabric was so loose that it lost all structure.
So, after some rounds of math, I’m knitting along and making progress!
The Next Hold-Together
Thank you to those who were able to make it to our Hold-Together last week! Our next one will be Tuesday, February 28, at 4 pm EST / 3 pm CST / 1 pm PST. To ensure a better video quality and chat capabilities, we’re going to host it on Zoom (but another Discord one is not out of the question, because the game aspect on there is FUN!). Please, check Discord and the Hold-Along Group in the school for the Zoom link. I’ll also post a link here on the blog on the morning of.
Now, to wrap this up: I’ve got a little $25 SweetGeorgia Yarns Gift Card to give away to one lucky commenter. To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me one thing you LOVE about your craft or crafting time (it is Valentine’s Day, after all). I’ll announce a winner next week on February 21!
Share your week three progress with us on the School Community Forums and on Discord. Happy hold-alonging!
21 thoughts on “Hold-Along Progress + Giveaway”
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I am new to this so forgive me, but I received some yarn from you that I had been asking for for quite some time, and I absolutely love it! I first learned to crochet from my Nana, she made all of us afghans that I still cherish. Then I wanted to learn how to knit so I watched a lot of videos and read a ton of books. I have come to realize that knitting grounds me, it helps me remember that sometimes life needs to be lived one stitch, one moment at a time. So thank you for all you do, you might not always feel it but you provide comfort and inspiration!
All my best,
Marie Habershaw, aka knittingmamie!
Marie, thank you so much for sharing that with us. I am SO glad the fibre arts has brought you so much comfort.
Right now, I’m loving knitting socks!
I love crafting and crafting time! It is so much fun to see the potential in balls of yarn and then to put them together and make something beautiful I also love being able to sit down and just knit and not have to think about anything else (except knitting math ). Very relaxing!
I love how knitting helps me to de-stress and relax.
I thoroughly enjoy taking a product, whether fabric or yarn, and through a variety of steps manipulate it to create something new. And I appreciate having the quiet time to spend doing this. It helps me press a reset button from my busy work days.
I love carving time out of my day to actually CREATE something! Not just sitting in front of a screen, but making something wonderful with my own hands. It is a very satisfying feeling! In the evenings I sit and knit and put on an audio book and just relax from my work day. And soon I have another beautiful thing to give to someone I care about.
I love my crafting time because I’m accomplishing something, it challenges me to try learn new skills, keeps my brain active and is rewarding at the end.
I truly enjoy this knitting community being part of my crafting journey and how helpful and encouraging everyone is, no matter what the project! ❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤
I love knitting to unwind (haha) at the end of a stressful day, the entire process is very meditative.
What I love about crafting with fiber and yarn is the tactile pleasure of handling the materials and the brain-tingling excitement of playing with color combinations. It’s always a learning experience.
One of the reasons I love knitting is because it lets me feel like I have accomplished something. So many things require doing over and over again, like dishes and laundry, it’s easy to feel like you never make any real progress. But when you knit, even if it’s just a row or two at a time, it stays knitted, and over time it grows into something beautiful.
I’ve been loving knitting under my heated blanket with my kitty! Lots of relaxing knitting time this winter!
Happy belated Valentine’s day! I love the medium-stakes problem-solving of crafting — it takes brainpower, but the consequences cannot involve, say, burning down the kitchen! Also colors and community and physicality and– (I’m totally preaching to the choir here so I’ll stop, LOL)
Preaching to he choir, but sing it loud! :)
I love designing projects! I’ve particularly loved that about weaving, but I want to start designing knit/crochet patterns too. ❤️
This year Valentine’s Day didn’t work out how I thought it would go at all. Unfortunately, my son had what we thought was a vicious GI bug but turned out to be appendicitis. My knitting brought me comfort in a stressful situation as we waited for hours in the ER. I also hadn’t thought that was the way I was going to power through a sweater I’m knitting for my nephew. I was so grateful for the comfort of knitting!
Oh goodness! We’ve had some unusual health upsets here, too, so I feel you on every level. Hang in there!
What I love about knitting and crochet is that when it is finished, there is something that’s not just useful, but also beautiful.
I am enjoying two NEW adventures in knitting by following along with Sweet Georgia.
First with the lovely scarf pattern using 3 yarns as hold alongs.
Two are lace weight BFLs and the 3rd a sock yarn.
Thank you Tabetha, for this pattern, as its turned out to be a better than I thought possible, great colours and warm yet very light.
Secondly I was so impressed by Felicia’s review on her Taking back Fridays a few weeks ago that I bought myself the 48 pin Senko knitting machine!
. You are right… it is a game changer.
Thanks so much,
Whoa! You are ON IT! And I love that you love the pattern. :)