Learning to knit

I taught myself to knit this past winter.

Actually, that is a misnomer. The following links were my teachers, especially the videos at KnittingHelp.com. I’ve come a long way since this:


If you are wanting to learn to knit, bookmark these sites and refer to them often!

Knitting Instructions, Learn to Knit – The Yarn Co.
Learn to knit at The Yarn Co.. We offer free knitting instructions online or classes for beginners and experts at our New York City store.
KnittingHelp.com | Learn How to Knit
Learn how to knit, purl, cast-on and more with our free instructional videos and knitting forum community.
KnittingHelp.com | The Knit Stitch
These videos will instruct you on learining the Knit stitch. The knit stitch is just pulling a loop of yarn through an existing loop on the needle.
Learn How to Knit Knitting Instructions
Knitting instructions online. Your online source for knitting, patterns and learn to knit.
Learn To Knit
Learn to knit at Lion Brand Yarn!
Learn To Knit
Learn to knit and explore the world of knitting!
Learn to Knit – How to Knit – Knitting Instructions
All the instruction, tips and advice you need to learn how to knit. From casting on, knitting, purl and binding off to the basic tools and patterns for your first project, here’s all the information new knitters need to be a success.
How To Hold Yarn
Learn how to hold yarn when knitting continental method – often refered to as knit left handed. Free and easy instuctions with pictures showing you how to use this technique.
How To Knit
Learn how to knit for Free! Basic knit stitch instructions with pictures for both Continental and English Methods. This is the basic stitch of all knitting!
Howstuffworks “How to Knit”
Learning how to knit is relatively simple with the helpful tips in this article. You’ll learn how to knit, purl, and more only at HowStuffWorks.

Who would have thought that Vomit Fest would turn into a trip down Memory Lane

I was riding in the car with the kids last week, to pick up my husband, whose big honkin’ truck broke down on his way home from work*. This was the same day as Potential Vomit Fest ’08. And in the midst of it, I had to load the kids up and drive across town to gather him up.

As we waited for the tow truck to arrive, I knitted some (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!??), and then looked through my CD case. I hadn’t looked in this particular case for a long time. I have CDs in a case on the visor and those have been in heavy rotation for the past year or so. But this other case doesn’t get opened too much.

Sifting through that case, I was transported to so many different eras of my life. High school, college, early marriage, early parenthood… Each CD carries with it so many memories. Friendships, trips, moments, laughter, crying… I am so thankful for music.

Some of the soundtracks for my life:

Chris Rice ~ Deep Enough to Dream

Chris Rice ~ Smell the Color Nine

Nichole Nordeman ~ Woven and Spun

Michael McDonald ~ The Very Best of Michael McDonald

Paul Young ~ Secret of Association

Information Society ~ Information Society

Big Country – The Crossing

Sinead O’Connor ~ The Lion and The Cobra

The Cranberries ~ Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?

Jars of Clay ~ Jars of Clay

Annie Lennox ~ Diva

The Sugarcubes ~ Life’s Too Good

Jesus Jones ~ Doubt

Right as I was about to stroll through the mid 80’s, Seamus threw up again.

Ah. New memories.

Life is good.

What are some of your favorite albums from days past? And why are they still special?

*The truck didn’t break down in the thisisgonnacostafortune sense. Fortunately, a wire just needed to be replaced. (whew!)

Stick a Needle In My Eye

If you’ve been reading my blog for over a month, you no doubt have heard me discuss my knitting skills, or lack thereof, and the fact that I have been teaching myself to knit.

I haven’t updated y’all on what I’ve learned. And figured it was time as I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath.

For the past month I have come to really enjoy knitting. Once I finally got the stitches down, I found it is such a nice way to relax with my husband while he watches his favorite shows.

While I’ve been learning, I have knitted and purled stitch after stitch, row after row, over and over again. Then I’d undo it all and start all over. As crazy at it sounds, I love doing that. It’s been more about the process than the finished product. Before I started a project, I wanted to make sure that I had the skill down (I’m a bit OCD when it comes to that. When I started quilting, I learned hand quilting first. I finished quilting my first small wall hanging quilt and then ripped out all of the quilt stitches from the entire quilt because by the time I finished there was such a difference between the skill and look of my first stitches and final stitches… Yeah, I’m crazy like that… It’s a wonder I ever finish anything.)

After practicing and finally being convinced that I knew what I was doing, enough to make something, I decided on a blanket. The gist of the blanket is to make many knitted squares (any size) and then stitch them all together to make the blanket. As I finally neared the end of my first square, I could feel the excitement building. I was finally getting somewhere!! I had images in my head of my sweet little babe curled up on that soft handmade blanket. Then I even began to allow myself to consider knitting one for each of my children. I began dreaming big.

Last night, I came to the end of that first square. And I knew it was the perfect time to share with you, Internets, the progress that I’ve made since I first mentioned knitting here.

So do you want to see it?

Are you ready?

Can you feel the excitement building?

The anticipation?

I can feel it palpitating through the internet connection.

Here it goes:

Hmmm, what’s that?
Not quite what you were expecting?
Neither was I…
In all of my practicing, I completely forgot to practice binding off (the process of getting your finished knitting off of the needle so that it doesn’t unravel).

Oops.

I tried to make sense of the directions. But that is not a good idea when you are wanting to save what you have already done.

Not a good idea at all.

Lesson learned.

I am now teaching myself how to bind off and then, and only then, will I restart my project. The funny (HA HA HA) thing about it is that all of my books toss around the word ‘easy’ when describing binding off.

Apparently, I am in a knitting world of my own…

*Be sure to see this weeks What The? photo in the post below and take your guess.

 

One day, I may even get through the second row of my first knitting project

A few weeks back, I posted about my attempts at learning to knit. I was surprised at how few of you know how to knit, as I thought that everyone north of the south pole knew how to knit.

And here I thought I was a loner in a world populated entirely of knitters.

Well, I have continued working on this whole “knitting thing”, as I have dubbed it. You’ll be glad (possibly) to know that I have moved beyond the casting on. I’ve even learned the knit stitch.

But alas, I’ve worked myself into another ice cream consuming frenzy.

Every row that I knit has this mysterious loop at the end of it. None of my books address it. None of the videos address it. So, once again, my attempts at finally knitting my own scarf have come to a screeching halt until I can figure this out.

In the meantime, I came across some things that, at the rate I am learning, I will NEVER get to knit. But, since I’m sure I’ll want some more ice cream sooner, rather than later, I’m adding to my to-do list.

(all images are from flickr’s Crazy for Knitting group)
















Wishful thinking, much?

A girl can dream…

How to drive yourself into a corner with a gallon of Haagen-Dazs and 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies

It all started with this:


Abbie chose this as her prize for M&M Kids (our church’s Wednesday night group: Missions and Memory. They spend the year memorizing scripture verses in A -Z topics).

It has been by nemesis ever since.

I have enjoyed a long life, thus far, having never considered learning to knit (except for that 3 minutes, 30 years ago when my mom tried to teach me).

I am left-handed.

Left-handed people aren’t supposed to do complicated things like sharpen pencils with an old style pencil sharpener, cut paper or knit.

While my mom was here for Christmas, we cracked it open so that Abbie and I could learn from her. Abbie gave up after about 5 minutes; she has a longer attention span then I did at her age. However, I was determined to finally get it. I am tired of looking around at all of the cute things everyone made for Christmas presents and thinking I wish I could do that…

But once again, I was unable to learn from my mom. Thus began my search on the internet. I printed page after page of instructions with pictures to follow. I figured if I put them all together, eventually I’d find a few that made sense to me.

Nope.

Then I did a search for knitting videos on youtube.

Voila! The videos I found lead me to KnittingHelp.com (amazing site, by the way. lots of helpful videos). From this site, I decided I’d try learning the continental method (as opposed to the English method traditionally taught in the States.)


After 3,687,203 tries, I finally learned to cast on with the help of this video on their site. But then I became stuck on how to get on to the next row and start the actual knitting. Try as I might, I just couldn’t tell what was going on in the video for this topic.

My search for help lead me to this:

Now I really felt stupid.

I’ve continued my search and my attempts. But I am about to lose.my.mind.

My husband doesn’t want to see that happen, so look what he just brought home for me:

Wish me luck.

Otherwise, I may clear out the ice cream aisle at the local Kroger.