Category : Blog Post
One month ago I decided to jump in and start writing about what I love, Knitting and Crochet. I have seen other blogs and I thought I might be able to add to it. I want to show the public that it is not really as hard as you think to knit or crochet, it takes time and practice.
Why I love to craft with yarn
There is something so very calming about the rhythm of making crochet stitches or knitting along on the needles. A few years back I found a great article in the New York Times about knitting, Article. I do have to say it was not all that calming when I first started.
When I started, I was bad. I mean really really bad!! I have taught a few people to knit and crochet and at first you will be really really bad, you are your own worst critic. Keep at it and it will become 2nd nature. It is like riding a bike, you keep falling over until your brain gets the hang of the balance and BOOM, you are riding. Handcrafting is like that, you just have to keep at it and it will become easier. I promise. But back to how bad I was!!
There me and a skein of cheap yarn, knitting needles and a book. I few weeks before I had dislocated my shoulder and ended up having surgery to fix it. No school, had a tutor for 11th grade, and I was bored. My Godfather’s wife knit and I loved how she could make things. Well I wanted to learn, so my dad got me materials and I started.
I got casting on, and the knit stitch but purling was so hard. So I punted and just kept knitting. Then I dropped stitches and had to start over again. 6 times!! I put it down, 3 days later tried again. 4 start overs!! Put it down again and then 2 days later I got it! The knit stitch clicked and I started on my way! Just made a square but it was done!! Now to learn the purl stitch. Took a few days, but after 3 start overs, I got it!!
Then I decided to get some cool looking yarn and make my first wearable project a scarf!! Took me 6 months of slow and steady work during my rehab and school work, but I got it done!! I was so very proud! Many years later, here is that scarf, using a knit 2 purl 2 rib stitch and fringe!
I still wear this scarf as long as my kids are not wearing it! It is stretchy and comfy and I love the striping. The yarn is made to have the striping effect so if I started a new skein at a different color, it would look different and unique!
There are so many yarns out there and different ways to make things with both knit and crochet stitches and sometimes mixing both! It still amazes me!
Temperature Blanket of Scarf Crochet along
Well we are almost to February 1st. I am finalizing some colors and temperature ranges to make it pretty, but I am going to leave it up to the reader to decide if you want to make it a big blanket or a scarf.
The time will still be a year, that is the way to do these projects, but if you want to practice lots of stitches, I would make the blanket. My son is need of a blanket so I think it will be his at the end. Being almost 15 and so very tall (5’10” and still growing like a weed) he needs a long blanket!
I will knit a scarf and crochet a blanket, 3 rows or so per temperature week or a row a day if you want to do a daily temperature one. Your choice. I will make the post on February 1st very clear on each kind so you can follow along that way! This should be a lot of fun and a great way to practice a bit each day!
The cardigan has not grown much, not had much time to knit this week. In the past 2 days, been working full-time and nights have been all about Girl Scout meetings and helping my daughter get organized. I substituted in a special ed pre-K class and as much as I love those little ones, I get mentally tired. Been falling asleep so early.
Once I get done here, I will be knitting for the rest of the night except for dropping off my daughter’s Girl Scout Bake Off Banana Cake. This is her first try and she made it past the troop and on to the service level contest. Will be interesting and I will let you know!! Pictured was her last entry, it was delicious per the troop!! She will be making it for her birthday in 2 weeks, so it should be yummy! It is the Cadette Level Recipe for here in GA. It might be a national recipe. A full from scratch cake with homemade cream cheese frosting! I wish I were a judge tonight! If there is anyway I can sneak a piece, I will!!
This will be a busy week, Can’t wait to start on the temperature blanket and scarf! It will be so much fun!! As Always, Be blessed!!