Let's Chat!: What Makes an Interesting Knit?

The Let’s Chat series is a thread on my Ravelry forum where a new conversation topic related to knitting is posted every week. Participants in the threads are entered into a monthly giveaway where they can win either one of my patterns, yarn in my stash or receive a surprise package filled with goodies from Japan!

Everyone has their own comfort and enjoyability level when it comes to knitting. For me, I enjoy knitting garter stitch because of it's simplicity and the resulting wonderful texture, but sometimes I find myself needing a good lace chart to focus on. I have a more difficult time wanting to knit intricate cables as I find using the cable needle cumbersome. And as much as I love the look of stockinette, it can get tiring after a while (but I suppose the upside to it is because it is such a simple stitch, you can get it over with quicker!). One new technique I have found myself really enjoying is fair isle. I was always hesitant to want to design fair-isle for my patterns but after the first couple of practices (both flat and in the round) I really like it! Having to pay attention to the chart doesn't bother me at all and the concentration needed to manage the floats, change colors and reading the chart correctly really draws me in. It's still a slow process for me since I "throw" knit, but it's truly enchanting. 

So how about you? What knitting techniques do you enjoy while knitting? What design elements capture your attention and keep you invested for the entirety of the knit? Share your thoughts on the Ravelry thread here!

I thought my moderator asked a really good question last week so I thought I would share some of the answers I found to be really helpful (though I did enjoy reading everyone's responses!). The question was: how do you keep track of your projects?

Some of the answers:

From yarnoverseas: 

I keep up a notebook with details of the yarn, stitches, needles and a small sample of the yarn I used. As I mainly made stuff for others so far I also scribbled notes for whom and which occasion. And sometimes if they wanted to pay me for it how much I got out of it so I could justify new yarn lol!

For counting I’m either using the info wrap of one skein, I always keep one in my document box, and write it on that one. Or lately I downloaded a simple stitch counter app.

From macewoman:

I always print out the pattern I’m using. I’ve tried putting them in a plastic liner to keep nice and pretty. Nope, doesn’t work. There is no trouble seeing which pattern I’ve knitted, because it looks like it was stopped just short of going through a shredder. It is folded here and there (looks like one of those old maps after a car trip vacation), scrunched up, usually with something spilled on it and there are marks and notes everywhere. Ink, pen or marker, and in multiple colors. The pattern is ALWAYS in the bag with the knitting, so I never lose it.
I have friends that keep a knitting notebook and have every project they’ve ever done. I’m always a bit jealous and then I remember that I just can’t do it. I consider Ravelry my notebook and try to put any pertinent info in the project page.

From dominique69:

I have a stitch counter, I have an app on my Iphone, but for me the notebook is essential. It looks like crap, but I always seem to understand myself. Phew. Numbers, lines, scribbles.

And lastly from Sofichan:

When I knit, I use my semainier to track the progress of my work. And I print the pattern because I add notes and then when I knit again the same pattern, I remember what I changed and what I need to change. I also have a notebook where I write to keep track of knitted works !

(She included pictures of it as well, so cool!)