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October marks my One Year Knitting Anniversary.

{2008-2009 projects}

{2008-2009 projects}

According to Ravelry, I have knit a total of 38 projects since that very first cast-on.  It was Jaime who patiently taught me how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch.  It was last October, and our Mom in the hospital and was very, very sick; we were spending 8-10 hours a day just sitting in her room waiting for her to get better.   One morning Jaime showed up with some bright blue yarn and a pair of size 8 bamboo knitting needles.

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

She patiently showed me how to do a long-tail cast-on and the simple knit stitch.  She thought knitting would be a good way to pass the time, but it ended up being so much more than that.  Slowly, the conversations shifted from heart illnesses and transplants to dropped stitches and Mom’s stories about how she used to crochet growing up.  It was therapeutic and uplifting for all of us, I think, as we sat and giggled about the hideous blue monster growing on my needles…

By the time Mom was released, I had really gotten the hang of knitting and purling.  Jaime and I decided to visit a local yarn store called Stitches with Style.  When I walked in, I felt amazingly at home – there was so much yarn in so many different textures and colors – it was like being a kid in a candy store, a feeling I still get whenever I walk in there.

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

After walking around for at least an hour, touching the skeins and looking at the beautiful work displayed around the shop, I finally settled on some Lanaloft Wool in a reddish-pink colorway.   It was with this yarn that I knit my first real scarf.   While admiring my finished creation, I noticed that the first half of the scarf looked slightly different from the second half – I made the rookie mistake of not checking the dye lots.  I still buy my all of my yarn from that little shop.  They are always so helpful and nice and happily, they are just down the block!

{My first real project}

{My first real project}

Since that first real scarf, there have been lots of other ‘firsts’ – the first baby hat:

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

The first lace and sweater:

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

The first cables:

{Eyeglass holder}

{Eyeglass holder}

The first knitting in the round:

{Baby Beanie Hat}

{Baby Beanie Hat}

What a joyous moment that was – no purling!  There was the first charity knitting, for Lucinda and her Cooper:

{A sweet little blue bird}

{A sweet little blue bird}

My first original pattern:

{Perla's Cloche}

{Perla's Cloche}

It would be impossible to list all of them.  Each project has been a learning experience, and each mistake has been invaluable in helping me become a better knitter.

Knitting sometimes conjures up images of little old ladies sitting in rocking chairs, so I was completely surprised by the huge, amazingly talented community of young knitters that are out there.

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood, Susan Anderson, Wenlan Chia – they are all classic and edgy and vibrant, and continue to be a true source of inspiration.   There is never a day when I am not browsing the amazing knitting on Ravelry – the creativity that is out there is simply astounding.

I am so excited about this next year of knitting and for all of the new ‘firsts’ I’ll get to experience.   And I will forever be thankful to my sister for giving me this wonderful gift.

Have a great weekend! ~Jenny

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ravel me!

Knitters, this is by far the most fun I’ve ever had knitting.  This pattern has it all – cables, eyelet lace, and more.  Ysolda Teague is a genius pattern writer, as she provides you two options for following along – a beautifully written out, line-by-line pattern as well as an easy-to-read chart.

{from the back}

{from the back}

It was so hard to put down because each line was different and the rose simply grew before your eyes.  I just wanted to keep knitting to see how the pattern was working.

{close-up of the cleverly cabled band}

{close-up of the cleverly cabled band}

{a beautiful rose}

{a beautiful rose}

The Sandnes Garn Alpaka has a beautiful drape, which is great if you are looking for a decent slouch-factor, and it has just enough fuzziness to add a little character without hiding the beautiful details.

{the petals}

{the petals}

I would love to knit an entire garden of these roses!  Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Rose Red by Ysolda Teague
  • Source: Ysolda Store
  • Yarn: Sandnes Garn Alpakka in Red
  • Needles: Size US 6 dpns. and Size US 6, 16″ circulars
  • Size made: Medium

My head measures 22″ and this feels a teeny-tiny bit loose around the band, but other than that, it fits the rest of my head beautifully.  Here are a few more angles:

{color on right is the truer shade}

{color on right is the truer shade}

I just cannot say enough good things about this pattern – even if you are a beginner, it is so exquisitely well-written, that is is definitely worth trying out.  Happy knitting!

~Jenny

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The kids are getting excited about going back to school on Monday – especially since it will be their first time riding a school bus!  And while Jaime is thinking about how to discreetly trail said school bus,  I am thinking about how blissfully quiet it will be around the house, and about my fall knitting list…

There is this cozy wool blanket I am working on:

{Pattern: Montauk Throw, by me.}

{Pattern: Montauk Throw, by me.}

My hands get notoriously cold once the fall weather hits, so these fingerless gloves are at the top of my list:

{Pattern: Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath}

{Pattern: Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath}

And I have been stalking this gorgeous hat on Ravelry for quite a while now:

{Pattern: Rose Red, by Ysolda Teague}

{Pattern: Rose Red, by Ysolda Teague}

After knitting all of the baby booties this summer, I would love to try making some grown-up socks this fall, maybe in a basic pattern:

{pattern: Toe-Up Socks, by Wendy D. Johnson}

{pattern: Toe-Up Socks, by Wendy D. Johnson}

But then again:

{Pattern: Feather and Fan socks, by Judy Sumner}

{Pattern: Feather and Fan socks, by Judy Sumner}

And fall knitting wouldn’t be complete without a warm sweater, would it?  Maybe this one in emerald green:

{Pattern: Coraline, by Ysolda Teague}

{Pattern: Coraline, by Ysolda Teague}

Oh, but this owl sweater is such a hoot, isn’t it?:

{Pattern: Owls, by Kate Davies}

{Pattern: Owls, by Kate Davies}

Here are the pattern sources:

I am so looking forward to the quiet, crisp fall days that the school year brings – sweater weather, here we come….

~Jenny

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