Wednesday, April 19, 2006

On Knitting

So I decided that since this blog is SUPPOSED to be about knitting and I have that handy Pagan Knitters ring I joined and if I EVER figure out how to post the Pagan Knitters button I should have an entry about knitting. So here goes...

I learned to knit January 18, 2005. My friend Jamie, who I knew from scrapbooking, had decided to start a SNB group. She said she was willing to teach people too. And I figured since she used to teach kindergarten, she'd be a good teacher. So I bought my "I Taught Myself to Knit" book and a skein of Red Hart. That night she taught me and another friend. I picked it up quite easily because I learned to crochet when I was about 10, which was, uh hem, 20 years ago. So it came rather naturally to me. I still have my first practice piece.

Once I got the hang of it, I decided to make a dishclothe. And I started acquiring lots of kitchen cotton. Last year I mainly made dishcloths because I was crocheting like a woman possessed. I was in one of those cycles every woman has where everyone around her is having babies. Last year there were 9 births and one adoption in my circle of friends. I made 5 baby blankets. I have 4 more to make for 2 of my friends that I didn't know about at the time. Of those 9 births, there was 1 set of triplets.

Then I got divorced and I started knitting a lot more. And I decided I wanted to do more than knit scarves and dishclothes. So my friend Jamie once again put on her teaching hat and taught me to knit socks. OH MY GODDESS. I love to knit socks. I've only finished one pair, but I loved it. And I love sock yarn. I don't have a yarn stash. No, really. Except for kitchen cotton, and a FEW skeins of sock yarn. I do have 8 skeins of KnitPicks that my other friend named Jamie bought for me to make her socks and fingerless gloves. That's right, I got someone else to supply my habit, LOL.

My first pair of socks went to KM who swears he loves them. I was really nervouse about giving them to him. But he's worn them twice and showed them off at work. So I guess he must really love them. KM is a great supporter of my hobbies and tells me how (honestly) how things look. I made some cards a few weeks ago (I stamp, too) and he said it wasn't my best work, and I have to admit, it really wasn't.

Anyway, I love to knit. I think about knitting. I look for patterns online. I drool over yarn I can't afford. I sit and stare, mouth hanging open, at the stashes of other knitters.

For Easter I got the Knitter's Tote that Michael's sells. I love it. And I recently bought the "Knitting Vintage Socks" book.

My knitting goals for this year include, knit myself a pair of socks, make the socks and fingerless gloves for my friend, knit myself a sweater from Knit and Tonic, make KM a sweater (now that we're engaged, I can do this) and maybe some other gifts for Yule this year. I also need to crochet a few blankets. I have another friend having a baby this year.

There will be more knitting related posts, I promise. And as soon as I get a digital camera, there will be photos. But I have to figure out how to post those. And I need to figure out how to post buttons.

On the needles:
Socks for me
Harry Potter scarf for FKM
Scarf for my other friend named Jamie