There’s a super fun make-along going on at the Fringe Association blog! It’s about the log-cabin technique, but what you want to make with it is totally up to you! And it’s not just about knitting but other crafters are welcome too.
I’m trying to conquer my fear of non-symmetry: there’s no point in trying to use left-over yarns if you end up buying more yarn when you run out, is there?
At first I wasn’t going to participate since log-cabin knitting isn’t really my style and I didn’t find the projects on Ravelry very inspiring, but then I remembered how much I had enjoyed the previous KALs Karen Templer had hosted (the top-down pullover from a couple of years back as well as the Summer of basics last summer). I also wanted to challenge myself out of my comfort zone and into learning a new technique, and also to use my leftover yarns (we all have too much of those, don’t we?) so here I am, knitting something with no clear plans and no real idea of what I’m making. That doesn’t really sound like me! But I quite enjoy the flow of making and building my blanket/shawl one block at a time, experimenting and changing my mind on a whim. Also, I’m trying to conquer my fear of non-symmetry: there’s no point in trying to use left-over yarns if you end up buying more yarn when you run out, is there? So I’ll just use what I have and then knit the rest with something else. Yikes!
Most of the skeins I’m using for this blanket are Holst Garn Supersoft but there are a couple of exceptions like the lime green ball in the photo above. That is Tukuwool fingering in shade Uupo, and I used it for my Selune scarf. I’m using two colors at a time for each block to get a nice marled effect.
The upsides of log-cabin knitting are not having to decide the dimensions of the project when you begin knitting it and there won’t be any seams to sew in the end.
I haven’t yet decided how big I’m going to make this, I’m aiming for a shawl but I might keep going until I have a blanket. It depends on how long my yarns last and also how long I can keep motivated. I often find myself getting easily inspired with new projects, but the inspiration can cease just as quickly when something else comes along. If I neglect a project long enough I can have a hard time picking it up again. The upsides of log-cabin knitting are not having to decide the dimensions of the project when you begin knitting it and there won’t be any seams to sew in the end. Just a lot of yarn ends to weave in, at least in my case!
One more thing I like about this project is that it’s pretty much reversible: there’s not really a “right” or a “wrong” side as there are no seams and garter stitch looks similar on both sides. There is a slight visible color change on the wrong side at the beginning of each new block the way color changes usually show on purl rows, but I’m sure it won’t be noticeable once the blanket/shawl is finished.
If you want to see how my log-cabin project is growing, please head over to my Instagram feed and remember to check what everybody else is making as well. The hashtag is #fringeandfriendslogalong!