Category Archives: Knitting

Yarn Along: First Project Underway!

I’m joining in with Ginny at Small Things and Frontier Dreams. I’m happy to say that my first ever knitting project is well underway! I found this super-soft and luxurious yarn at Michaels a few weeks ago and knew that I had to do something warm and cozy with it.

YarnAlong-2Since I am a beginner, I decided that I wanted to do a scarf of some sort. I figured that this would be an easy project that might introduce me to patterns without being too overwhelming.

Naturally, I was drawn to hard patterns! I was drooling over scarves with intricate cables, but was dismayed about needing extra needles to accomplish the beautiful designs. I actually searched for quite a while to find something that was beautiful, challenging but not too challenging, and used the materials that I already had on hand.   weekend_scarf_mediumI found this beautiful scarf on Pinterest that used alternating rows of slip stitch and yarn over. I found these beautiful bamboo buttons and wanted to incorporate them somehow. I love infinity scarves and cowls, so I figured making something like that would be perfect.

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On my trip to Calgary, I decided to re-read a book I’ve had on my shelf for the last 7 years. I could not remember the story, so I thought I would pick it up again! The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is the most beautifully sad book I’ve ever read. It is the story of loss, parenthood, and love. I found it so moving, especially now that I am a mom. I highly recommend it.

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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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