Knitting partyPosted: November 9, 2011 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Adventures in art, Autumn, beginnings, Domesticity, Earth, fall, family, goals, home, Knitting, NaBloPoMo, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, The Bucket List, water, weather, yoga | Tags: Craft, knitting, NaBloPoMo, Photography, postaday2011 38 Comments
If all goes as planned today, I will be continuing my knitting education. I scheduled this post just in case I don’t find the time to put one together. The small piece of the beginnings of a scarf shown above is from Sunday’s knitting lessons. Today I hope to learn how to switch colors, what to do when your stitches don’t add up correctly (because you dropped one or somehow added one too many), and other exciting world of knitting fine points.
I know most people wouldn’t consider knitting to be exciting, but I am excited to be learning how to do it. My Nana (father’s mother) used to knit. I had no interest in learning how to knit while she was alive. I was young and stupid, etc. You probably know how that goes. I still have a Christmas stocking that she knitted for me, and we use it every Christmas. My mother taught me how to crochet and that was enough for me at the time. Knitting always looked as though it would be harder to learn. The hardest part for me so far has been the awkwardness of it. I haven’t yet figured out how to hold everything comfortably enough to get into a rhythm. Every now and then, after the past two days of practice, I almost get there but don’t quite make it. I know that will come with time, lots of practice, and a little confidence.
I’ll be back tomorrow, live and in person. Have a great Wednesday!
Can’t wait to see the finished product. Looks so pretty. Can you believe my husband used to knit and hook rugs. The most I can do is needlepoint–and who couldn’t?
I can’t (needlepoint), Anhinga. Sewing is not my cuppa tea. Best I can do is sew on a button and maybe repair a tear. 🙂
It definitely take practice! Looks like you’ve got a good project going, I have made many scarves – mostly I knit for relaxation, and I need an easy pattern! I love using Bernat yarn, it’s so soft, and just stretchy enough. I’ve also made a bunch of kitchen dishcloths (100% cotton yarn) – find a good textured pattern for scrubbing. Have fun with it!! 🙂
Oh, I forgot – get yourself some bamboo needles (if you don’t already have some), I love them!!
Thanks, Holly. I’ll look for them. 🙂
Happy knitting, Robin. See you tomorrow.
Thanks, Kathy M. 🙂
Good for you, for learning something new!
I can knit some easy things, like scarves and other things that are square or rectangular 😉
Although I did knit some sweaters for my girls’ stuffed animals (all made of squares and rectangles of course!)
Thanks, Michaela. 🙂
I figure if I keep learning something new once in a while, my brain might stay in good shape. Well, decent shape at least as I think it’s already too late for “good.” 😉
My grandmother always tried to teach me…but I couldn’t sit still. Wish you better luck. The post photo shots are really nice: interesting textures and color choices
Thanks, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂
The rhythm of it is what makes it so comforting. I am a novice knitter, but I enjoy it. Like crocheting, tension is important, as I’m sure you know.
I hope you’ll show us your finished project.
I’m starting to find a rhythm, Christine, and it’s getting a little easier. I’ll be sure to take a photo when I finish. 🙂
Bamboo needles are lovely. I find knitting relaxing. You will too, very soon. Kudos for learning something new!
Thank you, Joss. 🙂
Yay– A new knitter in training! I love knitting (especially socks!) and it’s always exciting to see somebody try it out for the first time.
Good luck with making a scarf– I actually find them too long and tedious but admire people with enough patience and tenacity to finish them off!
Thanks, Dana. 🙂
Socks! I want to try those sometime. I need a new pair of funky socks for my Gravatar.
I’m actually quite jealous of that! Such a cool hobby and so many physical benefits from the creation of seratonin!
It’s fun, Tammy. So far. 🙂
lovely macro shots of needles and wool
i knit something once . . .
lol! Thanks, Kel. 🙂
Good luck. My mom tried to teach me how to knit, but she gave up. I only remember her telling me to stop dropping the stitches…whatever that means. I hope you have more patience than me.
Thanks, TBM. I haven’t dropped a stitch yet, but have managed to add one too many. Something that seemed impossible, but I guess it’s not cos I did it.
I crochet, and have tried to learn to knit a couple of times…I think I’m not coordinated enough for two needles…
Love that fun yarn you’re using!
It does take some getting used to. Thanks, Marie. 🙂
I haven’t learned to knit or crochet – yet! Who knows what the future holds? Love seeing your work progress, and that chenille looks fabulous! 🙂
Thank you, Carla. 🙂
How fun! 🙂 I’m actually about to learn it myself too. The best of luck with your knitting education!
Thank you, Ronja. Good luck to you, too. 🙂
Great going, Robin! I too, look forward to viewing the finished product. I love hand-knitted items.
My mother taught me to knit when I was in grade school. I just know the basics though and I haven’t picked up the needles in years. lol!
Thank you, Marianne. 🙂
Nice yarn! I’ve been knitting since I was a kid, and I absolutely love it. The best part is you get to wear what you make, and you have clothes that are one of a kind. Besides, it’s relaxing and fun! Enjoy your lessons!
Thank you, Belen. 🙂
My Nan used to knit too, Robin, she’d use my hands to wind her wool, and then show me how to hold the needles… and I tried, I really did, but I never got he ‘tension’ thing right…and I had holes where there shouldn’t have been any….and none where there should… ( 😉 ) … a lost art, methinks, my ability to get the pattern so wrong… xPenx.
lol, Pen! I have holes where none should be and none where there should. But it’s fun so that’s okay. 😀
Your yarn looks so pretty… Hope the party went well. I learned knitting in school but didn’t continue after high school. It is a relaxing skill and the finished product can be a thing of beauty. Enjoy it! 🙂
Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂