"Learning to knit was a snap. It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me."
Erma Bombeck

Monday, February 22, 2010

Twelve Months of Christmas Knitting

Have you started making your knitted holidays gifts. This ornament is very pretty, and it's an easy introduction to knitting with beads. The design is from the BagLady Beads website, and all supplies can be ordered from there. Instructions for Bead Knitted Christmas Ball Ornament
I plan to try to adapt the pattern to knit an Easter Egg!

Monday, February 1, 2010

A day or three late

First sign of spring---my jonquils are blooming!

A quote from the most recent Yarn Harlot Blog, "# 1 reason for knitted crap.....Failure to read instructions!" It probably wouldn't have made any difference if I had read this a few days ago, my head and chest were clogged up with stuff, but my body equates resting with knitting, and I was dying to get started on the Undulating Waves Scarf. The written instructions were short, the chart simple......autopilot knitting.....wrong. The instructions are short, but every word is vital, and I could have saved myself some ripping and re-ripping if I had read the pattern not just once but two or three times. However I got on the right track Saturday night after everyone else had gone to bed, the scarf is proceeding nicely now, thank you. I am very appreciative of the yarn which did not show any wear and tear from all the ripping. My students will benefit from my experience (mistakes). I wish I could show you a photo of my progress, but Hugh needed the camera today. However I love the interplay of this yarn with this pattern, and I hope to share a picture with you tomorrow.