Ok it is when everything goes right. I’m learning that I need really good light and no distractions to knit on my lace swatch project. I think most of the sampler is quite easy to experienced knitters but I’m still trying to learn to read a chart and pay attention to what I am doing…while the cat runs across my lap or friends are phoning.
I thought I’d be in over my head, and I am a bit but I keep sticking with it. This weeks lace panel was almost as difficult as the first weeks no idea why.
Lace Swatch 3 (Vines)
I have a fun part-time obsession now-it’s knitting. Yes you read that right. I grew up crocheting and made a huge afghan during snowzilla in January.
When I am visiting old town (Alexandria VA) I’d always walk by a really neat yarn shop and ladies (and some guys every now and again) would be sitting inside shop the shop knitting and crocheting away.
So I decided that this was the year I learned to knit. So far I’ve knitted a hat/slouchy beret and two kinda cute baby sweaters for friends. But my real obsession and the only reason I wanted to learn to knit at all was so I could learn to knit lace. To friends I’ve mentioned that to (at least the ones who didn’t ask what the hell was wrong with me since that’s an ‘old lady’ thing”) look at me and ask why not take up tatting. The answer to that is simple. I’d like to keep my eyesight thank you very much.
Ok, so here is the only lace I’ve knitted so far. I’m participating in a group knit along and we’re knitting samplers that will eventually be a stole. Since I am new to knitting this thing took forever even though its’ only 46 stitches wide and 68 rows tall. I’ve had to rip it out about 4-5 times and rip out pattern rows numerous times.
It’s still not quite right, but I have to say that it’s magical pinning this and seeing some of the pattern revealed.
Lace Swatch One
I hesitated posting this here, but frankly I am really enjoying this so what the hell.
Visiting some very close friends out west. Although its mind-numbingly hot here (ok it’s not as hot as DC) but cloudy-the day is beautiful in a weird way. BTW, the mountains in the distance are the Flat Irons.
Colorado Front Range
I’ve been taking lessons in another creative venue which I’ve really hesitated to post about here. So far it’s been fun starting from scratch to learn how to do something. I honestly have made anything decent enough to post with this craft, but as soon as I do I post it.
I have noticed that getting excited about this has spilled over into my painting. I missed several of Rob’s classes and started on one painting (second to the last class of the term) with a vengeance. It was a really good start and then I added color /gah. It might be fixable but I’m not sure when/if we’ll have that model again.
On a different angle-I’m currently in Denver visiting my sister and having fun. We drove into Boulder CO today and just bee-bopped all over the Pearl street shopping district. I met the greediest/friendliest squirrel (sooo cute!) but didn’t feed him anything.
Hello, this is one of my cats. He’s sitting on the afghan I made during the snowzilla fest in DC this January. I’m trying to figure out how to link photos via a blog so please ignore the picture (unless you love cats, cat managled afghans or siamese cats!).
I am currently stuck in poor soggy Nashville TN and trying to get back home.