Thursday, March 11, 2010

on knitting

Despite all the lovely sunshine we've been having and the warm-for-this-time-of-year temps {40 to 50 degrees F}
for the last week, we still have snow,
and where the snow has melted, we have puddles...lots of puddles.
Our garden is covered half in snow and half in water,
so not too much to do yet as far as gardening or yard work.
I've really been in the mood to knit, even though the Cavern cardigan I was working on {here} did not work out. I love the top down construction, but once I got the body done I realized it was much too big--I suppose it may have something to do with the fact that I wasn't even using the right size idea what I was thinking!
As I was ripping it all out, I came across this free pattern and decided to give it a try.
So far I have the back and the left side completed.
One of my readers, Jan, asked how and when I learned to knit, and what would be a good book to get her started.
I was taught by my mom {who made us mittens and wonderful sweaters & hats for our Barbie dolls} at an early age--not sure exactly...maybe by age 10? I remember struggling with the stitches which always seemed to be too tight. Eventually I got better and I remember making some scarves. Then I learned crochet, and knitting fell by the wayside--I was busy making granny square afghans in the late 70's & early 80's. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that I got serious about knitting and decided to attempt a sweater.
I went to the library and started reading knitting books, and a couple that stand out as far as helpfulness are Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes
and Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
There are also some online video tutorials that have helped me out a lot ~ it is so much easier when you can actually see someone doing the stitches/techniques. Knit Picks has many beginner tutorials {here}.
Don't be intimidated, just keep trying and practicing. My first sweater was awful!...but the second one was much better.
Jan, I hope this helps.


  1. The pattern is beautiful, just enough different.
    And free, don't you love that?

  2. I see what people knit and think I need to sit down and learn. Someday.... Your free pattern looks wonderful. Enjoy and stay warm and dry.

  3. Thats a great pattern choice, Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  4. That's a great pattern. Hope to see it when it's finished. xx

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  6. That kitting looks inspiring and encouraging, thanks so much for the link to free n easy pattern (i think), am going to give this one a go, as we are in autumn, i have plenty of time to get it done...ha ha ...we'll i was scrolling through your posts i noticed, amongst many beautiful things, the lovely, gorgeous wide floor boards in your living room, but more so the white!! surely this is not 'ordinary' paint? Can you enlighten me. I am interested and have always loved the idea of doing this. happy weekend :)

  7. A great looking pattern. I do like that Drops gives such a choice of languages for their site and patterns. Even 2 versions of English!

    Judging by the onset of Autumn here your Springtime is very close, happy knitting,

    Michelle and Zebbycat downunder, xxx and purrrrrumbles

  8. Anonymous10:27 PM

    I do so enjoy knitting...but I have yet to try to make anything more than dishcloths and scarfs.

    You are a great inspiration!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work...


  9. I love the texture knit at the bottom! That's going to be gorgeous!

    I love to knit. I usually work on smaller pieces, but someday I'd like to knit a sweater for myself. I've done baby sweaters and one for my nephew, but nothing big-person sized yet.

  10. Anonymous12:33 PM

    I'm starting my first socks using the Fuzzy Feet pattern at

    I've got a friend helping me. Enjoy your project.



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