I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along again this week - I really enjoy getting a peek at what people are working on and I have picked up some great pattern and book suggestions so far.
For me, this week has been all about learning new skills.
The August squares for my year-round afghan project required me to do crossed stitches for one of the blocks and I hadn't done this before. It turned out to be a lot like cable stitches, only with one stitch crossing over for the most part.
The photo doesn't do it justice but this square is one of my favourites.
I bought myself Cast On Bind Off because I had no idea that there was more than one way to bind off and I have never managed to work out long tail cast ons. The book has surpassed my wildest dreams of what can be achieved in the first and last rows of knitting from practical ways to make my work more (or less) stretchy right through to beautiful ways to edge work - even casting off with more than one colour to make a braided effect! There are 54 in total with tips on how to customise and vary them, too.
Although I originally taught myself to knit using a library book I tend to work better with videos to learn new skills because I am a visual learner however this book has step by step instructions and photographs and I'm finding it really easy to follow.
This week I had a try at Picot cast on and bind off and LOVE it! It's recommended for socks but I can't help thinking it would make a lovely cuff detail for mittens.
Next week I will show you my finished Vinelle project (she says, confidently!).
What are you knitting/reading this week?