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At the beginning of January, I went to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Store, where there was a sale.  The store in Florence, SC is less than a year old. As I was checking out, the clerk asked if I wanted to take any classes.  Well, one thing led to another and they needed a knitting and quilting teacher.  Two of my favorite crafts! This past weekend I taught my first knitting class. More importantly there are now three new knitters! Jackie, Marcy and Pamela did GREAT!  The time flew.  They made my job of instructor easy – and fun! We had a nice discussion about how much easier it is to learn... (Read More ...)

Do you like knitting scrubbies? They’re often a quick knit and practical.  Because they’re usually small projects, they make a great project for on-the-go.  Such as when you’re caregiving.  And a simple pattern like garter stitch is easy to work on, leave and then come back when needed. One of my favorite patterns is a knitted scrubby called Tribble or maybe it’s Tribble2.  Click here for a link to the original pattern. The knitted dishcloth pattern calls for knitting with worsted weight crochet yarn.  As I learned about eco Tawashi, I decided to try knitting one with... (Read More ...)

Some time ago I noted my left thumb aching . . .especially after knitting. While it cleared up after stopping knitting, it bothered me. First of all, who wants to give up knitting?  And second, I didn’t want it to be anything serious . . .like a repetitive stress injury. I noticed it when I was more stressed than usual. My caregiving activities were at an all-time high, among other things . . . Because I wanted to know if I could fix it by changing what I was doing, I started closely watching how I knit. I first noted the discomfort while knitting a 1×1 ribbing.  At the time I knit... (Read More ...)

  Knitting three dimensional projects like socks is fun. In the case of knitting socks the fine yarn and thin needles are challenging when you first start to knit socks . . .even if you’ve been knitting for years! My first socks were knit on five double pointed needles. Image via Wikipedia For simple patterns, such as stockinette or ribbing, I had no problems.  My most recent sock project was, however, lace socks. I used WendyKnits’ free Sprucey Lucy sock pattern. The first sock I knit with my trusty double pointed needles.  They’re bamboo, and I have knit several projects... (Read More ...)

The first time I knit lace, I didn’t know it was lace. Good thing too, because I’m sure the idea of lace knitting would have stopped me. Not that it seemed too hard. No, at the time I associated lace knitting with doilies and  lace collars & cuffs on elderly relatives. 😉 Image via Wikipedia My first lace project? An afghan for an elderly friend. With that simple lace pattern, I became fascinated with using increases and decreases to create patterns in the knitted fabric. In other words: I discovered lace knitting. As a first project, an afghan is not the wisest choice. Even... (Read More ...)

The past few months, I’ve been knitting more socks. Including my latest one: Knitting socks includes using various knitting techniques — and different sock knitting instructions. My own adaptions, of course. 🙂 Sock knitting does lead to odds and ends of sock yarn. Too small for a large project. I just can’t bring myself to toss out perfectly good yarn. Even if it is only an ounce or less. Periodically, I look for ways to use my stash of leftover yarn. After a long cold winter, when the colors outside are mostly browns and grays it’s nice to pull out some colorful yarn.... (Read More ...)

My current project is: knitting a purse. It’s been challenging, because I’m making the pattern as I go.  Always an adventure! 😉 And because the yarn is, well, different. It’s rayon spun into a lace weight yarn. However, the individual fibers of the yarn slide past each other instead of staying in a twist. Plus, as I knit, they untwist. Which means the individual fibers tend to separate. Instead of staying twisted and knitting nicely, the individual strands tend to loosen. So I don’t always catch them as I’m knitting the stitch. When I do find them, it can be several... (Read More ...)

As a child, I learned to knit. My knitting was a mixture of: what my mother taught me, what I learned from a knitting pamphlet, and my own invention. Amazingly enough, it worked. Actually, it worked quite well. That is, until I attempted circular knitting and lace. 😯 They were much less forgiving than knitting, purling, and even cables. Over the past few years I’ve been seeking new ways (for me) to cast on. In retrospect my original cast-on either never made it to the knitting manuals or I remembered it wrong. Which is probably why it was so difficult challenging. 😕 When I learned a... (Read More ...)

Have you recently had unusual challenges? Maybe it’s been the economy. Your family. Or the weather. So far this winter has been unusually cold here. It’s been 20 to 30 points below normal. Water frozen outside in the morning — and even the afternoon some days. This is the longest stretch of cold weather in this area in about a century. Of course, the cold weather brings it’s own challenges. Like, not one but two mice decided my dryer vent was a nice entrance into my warm house. At least I hope it’s only two! 😕 This week, my problems challenges became very small. The... (Read More ...)

Do you closely follow knitting instructions? Okay, I confess: my tendency is to knit the “perfect” item. The first time. Up tight knitter? Who me? 😕 Sometimes I follow the instructions exactly. And sometimes I adapt them as I knit. Following the knitting instructions exactly is not as important to me as the finished project. Ideally, I can try on a project while knitting, making adjustments as needed. Finishing a big project only to decide it doesn’t look right or doesn’t fit quite right — and can only be fixed by copious ripping and re-knitting — is not my idea of... (Read More ...)