Never Fear, I’m Still Crocheting!

In spite of not posting for a bit, I’m still working away on that yellow cotton blanket — with plenty of help from the cats! I catch a few minutes here and there between racing around on other projects, and, slowly but surely it’s growing.

The knitting’s going less than well. My mom got all excited about the blanket squares I worked on, and now she’s taken over! So I guess I’ll have to find another project on which to learn.

I don’t mind — how can I when she enjoys it so much? But I won’t learn unless I do it myself, right?

I’m reading a lovely book based in a knitting shop — A GOOD YARN by Debbie Macomber. I enjoy it, and it’s inspiring me to give the old knit thing another try.

Only thing is, I’m having an awfully good time with this blanket, and then there are some very pretty projects in CROCHET TODAY that I’d like to try.

I’m sure all of you experience the same thing — so many projects, so little time!

This month is particularly busy — I covered the Triple Crown in horse racing — and I was thrilled that the filly Rags to Riches won. She had the pedigree (Secretariat’s her great-grandfather and AP Indy is her sire) and she was the best horse on that day. I’m also going to cover the NHL draft for the fifth year in a row, and I’m doing the prep work to cover the America’s Cup Challenge — which means I have to learn all about sailing.

To keep up, check out my blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee, and the articles over at the sports publication FemmeFan.

And I’ll just keep crocheting!

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Naughty Knitter! ;)

No, this isn’t an X-rated post!  But I bet it drew a few of those types of hits!  😉

Thanks for all your kind comments.  Color-Strung — I tried to comment on your blog, but couldn’t.  A fiber artist friend of mine (who I’m sure I’ll interview on this site) is very committed to the philosophy of knitting in community.

This morning, I drove to Port Chester (not too far) to Michael’s, to take a look at supplies.

I found a beautiful yellow cotton yarn — and bought 1600 grams of it!  I want to make a summer blanket — my winter blankets are now too heavy, and it would be lovely to have a hand-crocheted cotton blanket for the summer, in a lovely, summery yellow.

And, of course, since I want to learn how to do a cable stitch, I bought the set of cable needles.  I know I had some somewhere, but they could be, well, anywhere, especially since I didn’t know what they were when someone gave them to me.

I passed on the purchase of bamboo knitting needles right now — I’m happy with my No. 6 metal needles for the garter stitch scarf.  I’ll buy the bamboo needles when I need them.

Although I was sorely tempted . . .

I bought a red size H crochet hook for the cotton yarn (since I don’t know where I packed any of my hooks — they MIGHT even be in storage, although I distinctly remember crocheting a beautiful shawl to go with a custom-made evening dress a few years ago.  I’ve worn the shawl often . . .but damned if I can find the hook!

And some ribbon yarn was on sale, so I bought two balls of that, enough for a small scarf.  I’m probably not advanced enough to deal with it, but it was pretty and on sale, and goes into the stash.

After all, the stash is very important . . .

And I bought yet another round hatbox to keep it all in — so that none of these supplies disappear into the black hole that is the apartment!

I spent more than I planned, but less than I could have, so it all worked out.

I’m going to keep working on the knitting practice, and also work on the crocheted blanket.  Because I’d really like to get it done THIS summer, rather than next!

Anita, yes, I will post photos of projects as I take them.  Never fear!

And thanks to all my visitors for your support and encouragement.  It means a lot.

I Hate Casting On!

So, I’m re-learning the basics so that I can move on and learn new things. I’ve always been more comfortable crocheting than knitting, so I figured it was time to move beyond my comfort zone.

For some reason, I find casting on extremely hard. I’m not sure why. But it’s a major pain in the ass.

I’d practiced on some patches a few days ago, and thought I was ready for a checkerboard pattern — but there’s too much math involved for me right now, since I’m still struggling to get the basic stitches back.

Instead, I’m doing a couple of complete small projects in basic stitches. For instance, I’m doing a scarf in the basic garter stitch. And then I’ll do another small project in a stockinette stitch. And THEN, I’ll go back and try the checkerboard.

Baby steps, baby steps.

I’m working on the scarf in the garter stitch now — it’s a dark blue with one strand of lighter blue within the yarn, giving it a nice, textured effect.

Once I got the first few rows done (I had to cast on SIX times before I got it right), I got into the rhythm of it.

In fact, I find I can work out plot points as I knit (as long as there’s no counting involved).

It adds a useful new dimension to “multi-tasking”.

Oh, and Elsa, my tortoiseshell cat, “helped”.

Inspiring Books!

Two knitting books I ordered arrived last night:

Traditional Scandinavian Knitting

and

Traditional Fair Isle Knitting

both by Sheila McGregor

It’ll be months, if not YEARS before I’m ready to try it — but it’s something to which to aspire!

Here I Go!

I know what you’re thinking. Why another blog?

Because none of the other blogs fit what I want to discuss here — namely my adventures into sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc.

I’m hardly an expert — more like a bumbler who really, really, REALLY enjoys textiles.

My recent trip to Iceland inspired me to re-learn knitting. I learned to knit and crochet as a teenager, from a book called The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book by Jane Eayre Fryer.

Jane EAYRE? Yes, I think that’s a pseudonym, but it’s something to research!

Traveling to Iceland didn’t make me want to buy any of the knitwear (I limited myself to a cap) — but it made me want to learn how to MAKE it.

I do love to quilt, although I don’t do as much as I’d like.

And I make some of my own clothes. In fact, I have a backlog of patterns and fabrics for a lovely spring and summer wardrobe.

So I better hop to it.

I won’t post every day — once or twice a week, probably. Will you go with me on the journey?

I hope you’ll also read my blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee;
the blog of poetry, Circadian Poems; the blog on books and book-buying adventures, called A Biblio Paradise; and the blog of tarot, Kemmryk.

Please join me. And point me towards other blogs of interest!