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Knitting for geriatrics....

...or whatever age I feel like being today, to be honest.

I can't believe I waited so long to get into knitting and crocheting and sewing and all that cool stuff. My sewing and crocheting projects are a bit messy right now, but it's all in the process of learning, so I'm cutting myself a break there.
I have a couple of owls I want to crochet for a good friend who is nuts about them, and I'm hoping I can do it before Christmas.  I also have some aprons I will be sewing up in a special pattern for another close friend with whom I run a home-based cake decorating business. Pics when they're done; they will be glorious.

Knitting, on the other hand...well, I started just this February to give my hands something to do during the long, cold, dark winter months up here in Canada, and I've really come to enjoy it.

No, that word's not strong enough.
Ok, I'm a little obsessed.

It started off with just randomly choosing a skein of cheap, multi-coloured yarn and plastic needles at the local WallyWorld...and now I've got a LOT of yarn of various types and many more needles (I'm currently in love with a set of vintage smooth metal ones I found in a thrift shop).  I have one large project I abandoned after working on it for months over spring and summer (I unraveled it all last month and re-balled all the yarn I used to make it -- surprisingly FUN!); one project actually completed and given away as a gift (pic below), and a whole bunch more in various stages of planning, execution, or completion. My living room looks like a granny exploded in here; I can't believe I yarn-bombed my own apartment!

Is there any saving me?
Do I want to be saved? ;oD

So this isn't just a  bunch of whingeing, here's my first project that I gave away; a large chenille baby blanket for my sister's baby; it's meant to be tossed on their wooden floors so the wee one can roll around on it and not whack his noodle. Nobody knew the gender until quite late in the game, so I went with yellow and multi-colour to cover my bets.
I look at it now and wince at how much better I could have made it, as my skills are getting progressively better (though I'm STILL not counting rows like I should be!)  It was my own design, as simple as it is, and I pretty much made it up as I went along.

I have two current knitting projects on the go at present: another baby blanket for my nephew for Christmas, and a shawl for my friend for Christmas. This baby blanket I'm knitting out of the softest blue, yellow and multi-speckled white baby wool I could find, and I pretty much created the pattern myself.  The shawl I'm scared to start, even though I'm running out of time, because it's from a pattern, and I don't really understand pattern reading yet! I don't want to screw this up!  I just keep telling myself, by this time next year I'll be making Moebius scarves on circular needles, and knitting blankets with the Entrelac stitch.  I can do this....I can do this...!

Wish me luck!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 19th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank the knitting gods for tonnes of sites on the internet to help with knitting. I have only started knitting by following a pattern recently too, and I had no idea what SSK meant, let alone how to do it, but type in a few words and I found many helpful people out there in computer land to help me.

The blanket looks great by the way :)
Nov. 19th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
good luck!
Oh! That's just grand for your first project! I started this summer when my manager finally became pregnant. I've yet to finish hers, but I've made two other blankets in the mean time. Hers is a bit more complicated than first imagined. Never start with the easy, just dive on in to the complicated one - that's me. But keep it up! And look into getting the fingertipless gloves as well - a little pricey, but helps keep hands warm in the cold!

Nov. 19th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
Gorgeous blanket! I, too, am obsessed with knitting. Have you seen Ravelry, perchance? There's lots and lots of help and friends and patterns and people who understand. (I'm Sockpirate over there.)

Welcome to the obsession!
Nov. 19th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
You CAN do it! My first project was the most complicated pattern for a matinee coat that I'd ever seen, and it took several attempts to figure out how to knit it following the pattern, but I've never looked back and over 30 years on, I'm still obsessed by knitting, have tonnes of yarn, huge stacks of patterns and more needles than I'll ever need. It takes over your life, but it's so worthwhile.

Good luck with your projects and most of all, have fun!

(Ignore my user name, I'm a much better knitter than it implies, lol!)
Nov. 19th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Good luck and sounds like you'll do just fine! When I learned to knit I went a little crazy as well, like 54 projects my first year crazy. Now I'm wanting to learn to sew. :)
Nov. 19th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful!
I HAVE to take up knitting. I learned to crochet years ago.

Edited at 2012-11-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
keep your head up. you can do it. like you i am having some trouble with patterns but i am learning too. i made a really cute clutch purse from an improvised envelope purse pattern. my bf told that i am really coming along with my knitting, and that is a big compliment from him since he doesn't like fine arts.

anyway, keep working at it and you will get even better. the big projects will soon seem really easy to you. and you should really check out ravelry you can see all kinds of cool knit and crocheted things on there.
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