First Yarn Along (Finally!)

 

My first knitting "project"! Our instructor had us cast on and try a few different stitches.

My first knitting “project”! Our instructor had us cast on and try a few different stitches.

I’ve been following the Yarn Along through Small Things for a few weeks now. I have a keen interest in knitting and crocheting, but haven’t had any real opportunity to actually learn. I can finally post something I’m actually knitting!

With a new baby, I have discovered that having hobbies is a challenge! In order to have a hobby, one must actually devote some time to said hobby, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do when it is so much easier to give all my attention to my family and household. Josh and  I decided that we each need “me” time, so every 2 weeks or so I get to take 2-3 uninterrupted hours to do whatever I want to! I decided to take a knitting class at a super cute knitting store in downtown Halifax called The Loop.

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We stopped in a couple of weeks ago and they had all of these dreamy yarns ❤ I was so delighted to see a class list with knitting AND crochet!

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My heart is just exploding with daydreaming about all the beautiful, cozy things I can knit with my new found skills.

It’s a little bittersweet though. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother tried to teach me how to knit. I was a tomboy when I was younger, so I had absolutely no interest in the things she longed to share with me.

By the time I was old enough to appreciate what she was trying to hand down to me, her eye sight and health had deteriorated too much to show me. So everything I make now is in memory of her.

This is the last time I saw my grandma out of bed. I finally told her I wanted to learn how to crochet. She made such a big effort to walk over to her bookcase, and took needles and books out for me. I cherish that moment.

This is the last time I saw my grandma out of bed. I finally told her I wanted to learn how to crochet. She made such a big effort to walk over to her bookcase, and took needles and books out for me. I cherish that moment.

One of her last projects had been sitting in the trunk at the foot of her bed. I tried to untangle all of the yarn!

One of her last projects had been sitting in the trunk at the foot of her bed. I tried to untangle all of the yarn!

An afghan of granny squares. I'm so excited to learn how to make them so I can finish it.

An afghan of granny squares. I’m so excited to learn how to make them so I can finish it.

You can see a few holes in it...I learned the basic technique for lace!

You can see a few holes in it…I learned the basic technique for lace!

I’ve discovered that the library carries lots of cute books for knitting. Guys, I am so excited!

 



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13 thoughts on “First Yarn Along (Finally!)

  1. Kelly J. R.

    Welcome to your first Yarn Along! I love the online community of knitters. Have you joined Ravelry yet? (ravelry.com) I love to browse through the patterns on that site and dream about all of the things I will make. Just wish I could knit faster!

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  2. Lisa

    What a touching 1st yarn along post! Welcome! 🙂 I was blessed to sit at my grandma’s knee, watching her crochet beautiful things, and to learn from her (and my mom). Three generations of us crocheting away lazy afternoons… Have fun finishing your grandma’s granny squares!
    xo Lisa

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    1. MalloryBrisson

      What a nice thing to imagine…3 generations together doing needlework! Yes I can’t wait to tackle crocheting. I’ve tried and failed 3-4 times to learn it on my own from watching YouTube videos. I’m going to take a class in the upcoming months for crocheting – I can’t wait!

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  3. Tagati

    Congrats on beginning your knitting/crocheting journey. It’s a lot of fun and relaxing too. Wonderful new fibres and needles are out there now and Ravelry is just full of kind mentors too.

    Tagati on Ravelry

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  4. elizabethroosje

    I always think of my Oma knitting too… my Aunts tell me she would be so proud of me for knitting! It’s a great craft and one with a lot of freedom! Welcome here, I love yarn along Wednesdays with Ginny!

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  5. Karen

    Yeah! the knitting looks lovely.
    I am sure when you get to crochet and finish your grandmother’s afghan she will be smiling.
    congrats on the new baby and welcome to the yarn along.
    blessings
    karen

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  6. Donna

    Very correct – you do need a little “me” time. I didn’t really have time to knit until my daughter was around 7. What wonderful memories you have!

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  7. A Knitters Notebook

    I remember when I was so excited to learn to knit. My only advice is to try to knit or crochet everyday….because it is true practice makes perfect!! The more you do it the better it will look and the easier it will get. I really enjoyed your post : )

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    1. MalloryBrisson

      That is GREAT advice. I’m finding that if I do it often, I don’t forget how to do it as easily. It takes so much brain power to learn how to do something, so I am happy when it comes automatically.

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  8. lrtnichols

    Boy are you in for some fun! Yarn play in all its forms is joyful. And about your grandma–I know you really blessed her when you asked her to teach you. Her heritage to you is something you can treasure.

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