Day 5 of Blog Week: Location

There's no place like home!

Yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks are with me wherever I go.  I will knit anywhere.  At home I have a comfy chair with all my “stuff” neatly arranged around me.  All of it within an arms reach.  I have good light, a nice view, TV, telephone, computer, books & patterns.  Why would I want to be anywhere else? 

When the weather is nice, I like to sit outside on the deck with my knitting or hooking.  I am looking forward to those days.  Right now it is still too cool. 

On the occasions I find myself  away from home, I take a project bag with me.  I knit most often in the car, going from place to place.  Other locations you’ll find me and my needles together would be; my children’s homes, the beach, park, Drs. office, restaurant, kids ball games – if I’m there, so are my needles.  About the only place I don’t knit is in the yarn store.  Go figure!  I’m too busy oohing and ahing over all the scrumptious yarn and goodies. 

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Day 4 of Blog Week: A New Skill

There are so many different knitting and crocheting techniques and styles I haven’t tried or know how to do.  I’ve been knitting and crocheting for years, but I will never know it all.  The nice thing is, I love to learn. 

Something I have never tried before is to knit with beads or sequins.  I’ve embellished a project by sewing them on after I was finished knitting, but never knit a bead or sequin into the project.  As I mentioned yesterday, my grandmother made beautiful sequined shells with a sequin knit into every stitch. 

To me, it would be a tedious task.  One I’m sure would have amazing results, but a painstakingly long process nevertheless.  I’m not sure what projects would benefit by adding them to it.   I am thinking a lace scarf might be an excellent choice.  I would certainly wear the scarf and it would be very dressy looking.  It would also make a nice gift.  

I have found there are many helpful “how to” videos and websites on bead knitting.  I just don’t know if I’m up to doing it right now.  And wouldn’t you have to use a really small needle size to get the sequins or beads on?  Which would make the process take even longer.  I’d have to see a really appealing pattern that catches my eye and someone special in mind to knit it for. Then, and only then, would I consider making something with the beads knit into each of the stitches.  And, I’m getting old.  I want to finish the project in this lifetime.   

I don’t know.  I’m still mulling it over.  Do I or don’t I?  Which pattern?  How do I go about it?  Tempt me.  If you know of a pattern that would be perfect for me, please let me know.  In the meantime, I’ll just ponder the thought.

Google knitcroblo4 or see the “blog week bloggers” list in the righthand column for other knitters/crocheters taking part this week.

Day 3 of Blog Week: One Great Knitter

I must admit – I admire many great knitter’s; past and present.  So, even though the topic is “one” great knitter, I would like to talk about one from the past and one in the present.

Past:  My Grandmother, Delynn Meyer, who was my inspiration and taught me to knit.  Her fingers were fast!  Even when she was going blind, she knit.  Every winter Grandma would trace our hands and make us new wool mittens attached to I-cords that went through our coats so we wouldn’t lose them.  We also received a new pair of knit slippers.  Each family also received many of her beautiful afghans.  One year for Christmas all of us girls (mom, Aunts & cousins) received beautiful shells that had a sequin knit into each stitch.  It must have taken her forever to get them all done.  There wasn’t anything she couldn’t knit or fix a mistake in.  She sure fixed enough of my mistakes.  I wonder who taught her how to knit?  She was raised in an orphan home, as her mom died giving birth to one of her younger sisters.  She is sorely missed!

Present:  Linda C. Choo of Garden Canadensis Designs has to be on my list as a favorite.  Everyone knows how much I love shawls and stoles!  I write about them often.  Linda has the most beautiful lace stoles and shawls ever!  Her patterns are well written, easy to read and understand.  My two favorites are her “Leaf and Flower Shawl” and her “Leaf and Flower Stole“.  Linda is a retired engineer whose interests and talents are vast.  She has graciously offered us many of her patterns for free on Ravelry.  Thank you Linda.

Day 2 of Blog Week: An Inspirational Pattern

What do I inspire to make?  I try just about anything that looks interesting.  Over the years I’ve tried many different techniques, stitch patterns, weights of yarn, etc.  If it looks interesting, I’ll try it.  I don’t always succeed, but I try.  I’d say, the one thing I haven’t been successful at making is anything entrelac.  I’ve tried numberous times and always end up putting it aside.  I just haven’t figured it out.  It can’t be that hard – can it? 

There are so many interesting entrelac patterns in different weights of yarn.  I would like to start with a dishcloth.  I’ve decided I am going to sit and watch this video until I get it right.  Then, I would like to work my way up to this beautiful shawl, because if you’ve read one of my previous posts, you know how much I love to make shawls!  Now, if I could just figure it out.

Todays google search word is:  knitcroblo2 or look in the right column for a list of  “blog week bloggers”.  Happy Knitting/Hooking and reading!

Day 1 of Blog Week: Starting Out

My 1st Knitting/Crocheting Book

 As many of you are aware from reading my “Why I Do What I Do”, my maternal grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young.  I started out on big wooden needles and a ball of yarn.  I would knit a little every time I went to see her, never really making anything.  She taught me the basics: how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and the hardest of all – fixing your mistakes.     

It wasn’t until I was older and settling down with my own family that I took up knitting as a hobby of my own.  I wanted to make some things for my home and babies.  It was then that I had my mom’s help and that of a couple of books.  I still have my first book (see photo).  I think it was then that I began to appreciate what my grandmother had been doing all those years.  The more I knit, the more I wanted to learn.  Knitting is addictive! But, a good addiction.   

My 1st real project was a sweater for my husband.  I purchased really nice gold wool yarn.  It took forever to make and I was so pleased (and proud) with how well it turned out.  He loved it – wore it – washed it – and, yes – dried it – in the dryer!  I never made him another item from wool (or anyone else), because he is a slow learner and still continues to try to “help” me with the wash.  That was 39 years ago.  So that is why I use the dreaded acrylic yarn and cotton.     

When I was about 12 -14 years old my paternal grandmother taught me crocheting.  We made granny square after granny square.  We used all her leftover stash in so many fun colors.  The making of all the squares was fun.    It was the putting them together that was a pain.  I no longer make granny squares, but I am grateful my grandmother  got me grounded in crocheting.  I have made so many afghans over the years I’ve lost count.  From there I went on to perfect that skill and have made endless items from all weights of thread and yarn.    

I am so grateful to those wonderful women whose talents and patience inspired me to keep the arts alive.  I wish they were with me now to see all I have accomplished because of them.  My hope is someday one of my daughters or granddaughters will enjoy knitting and crocheting as much as I do and keep the craft going for generations to come.    

To view other knitcroblo1 bloggers, I’ve linked all those participating in the right hand column for your convenience and mine.  Thanks for stopping by and happy knitting/crocheting.

Importance of Checking your Gauge

 This past week was a frustrating and stressful one for many reasons.   I won’t bore you or bring you down by whining and complaining, but I will share my knitting disappointment.

As you know, I started on Debbie Bliss’s  v-neck cable sweater for my grandson.  I went shopping, spent (what seemed like to my family) hours (they exaggerate) picking out just the right yarn and color.  The little guys 1st birthday isn’t until July, but I was excited to get started.  So I casted on and began knitting. 

What I didn’t do was check my gauge.  My error!  A huge error!  I’ve been knitting long enough to know better.  Why didn’t I check my gauge?  How long would it have taken?  No, I didn’t bother until I was almost finished with the back. Only two more inches to go.

As I was admiring my work, I was thinking that it looked a little narrow for a 24 month size.  I got out my tape measure and checked my gauge.  Something I should have done when I started.  Something I neglected to do out of laziness.  Yes, I admit it, I was lazy. 

What did my laziness cost me?  R r r r r i p!  I now get to start all over.  I am going to go up one needle size.  That should do it.  Live and learn.  Only one problem.  I’ve been living and learning for many years.  Shouldn’t that have been a lesson I learned long ago?  Is it that I am a slow learner or just old and forgetful?  Or ? ? 

I don’t think I am going to start on it this week.  I’ll take a week off and do something else.  I’ve got a few other projects that are supposed to be finished before the little guys birthday sweater. 

Lesson learned or the moral of the story:  CHECK YOUR GAUGE!!!!  Will I remember next time?  Time will tell.

Blog Week Bloggers

Monday is day 1 of blog week.  I can’t believe how many knitter’s and crocheter’s blog.  We have about 75 participating in next weeks blogfest.  I will be reading all day!  I can’t wait to compare my experiences and views with everyone elses. 

I have listed in the column to the right links to all of our fellow “Blog Week Bloggers” for your convenience and mine.  I would ♥love♥ it if you would also link me to your blogs.  I hope you all have a fun week of blogging, reading other’s blogs and making new friends. ♥