Epic Zen Knitting Project Done!

#37 Learn to Knit

Maybe not really epic to the rest of the world but on my little bucket list it is now a box with a great big check mark in it! I have finished my very first knitting project!!


The only goal was to use the entire skein of yarn using stitches however they came out. No pattern. Minimal goal. Just Zen Knitting.

One can see the many mistakes I made in during practice sessions, usually at Knit Group in Hawaii or here in Japan. Or sometimes on the bus or the train.

It flows like conversations; hesitantly, boisterously, in fits & starts, or flowing from one subject to another.

This goal has been almost 2 years in the making, never a top priority but important nonetheless.
Big Thank You to the Aloha Knitters on Oahu for your guidance and patience while I learned. Big arigatou gozaimashita to the ever supportive knit groups in both Tokyo & Yokohama for your support and encouragement as I neared the finish line =)

What’s next?
*Adds new line to bucket list*
I have had a request for socks. They are knitworthy and hopefully patient as it may be another 2 years before this next goal is completed.
Sock knitting research commencing…

Verdure leaf-patterned scarf = DONE!

FINALLY!! I have a completed project that looks great too! After so many failed projects and good ideas that really turned out not to be good ideas, this feels nice. The failures left me a little hesitant to start any new projects, worried about yet another fail and a lot of lost time.

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Using Solar Flair Fibre‘s, Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef Yarn Club‘s, Winter Rainforest colorway in the Zorya base, I crocheted 90cm (~36″) of a beautiful leaf pattern. The Verdure Pattern by Josephine Woo is available at www.littleprojectscrafts.com

The pattern is both written and charted, easy to follow. Made 2 changes to the pattern to accommodate my personal taste:

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1) Pattern Modification:
At the beginning of each row, the pattern calls for “ch 3″. Instead I chose to do the (CSDC) Chainless Starting Double Crochet found on Moogly’s Blog, for a much nicer edge.
Free Video Tutorial for CSDC:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/

2) Pattern Modification:
I didn’t like how the very tip of the end leaves finished off so I changed it to have a sturdier, more pointed finish.

After this success I am ready to jump into my next project! Wish me Luck!