Sunday, December 30, 2007

Knitting Supplies

yarn
We went to Walmart after Mass last evening. I didn't have any high expectations of finding anything other than acrylic yarn there but I went with an open mind. I wanted to go to our LYS but I had a feeling it was closed for the New Year's weekend. Well, I came home with the following to add to my knitting trunk. I have a small rattan/bamboo trunk were I keep my yarn, needles, etc.

Well, I found and bought the following:

1. Bamboo knitting needles size 9

2. Double-pointed needles (4)

3. A bunch of Peaches -n- Cream cotton yarn

4. Caron's Simply Soft in mint and steel blue

There were stitch markers and row counters also. But I think I will wait until next time.

Might As Well Start From the Basics

When I was home this past summer, my mom and I started knitting a sweater together (each taking a separate part). But my mom wasn't at all pleased with my method of casting on. My method of using one needles to wrap around the yarn left large loops. This was not at all pleasing to my experienced knitting mother. She then taught me the method of knitting the stitches onto the other needle. Although this method did not leave the large loopy ends, it wasn't as tight or finished as I would like it.

I went back to the Stitch -n- B... book and at midnight while reading in bed, I taught myself Debbie Stoller's double cast-on method. She was right, it is easy once you get the hang of it and more importantly, the edge is so nicely finished and tight!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gift I Received

My friend Helen gave me a wonderful little present for my recent birthday. It is a 2008 Knitting Calendar by Desiree Scales. It is loaded with instructions, patterns, tips, techniques, etc. Can't wait until Tuesday :-)

BTW, I'm also rereading my S-n-B book from cover to cover. Told you I'm serious about knitting again.

Ravelry

Have you joined Ravelry yet? I'm still waiting....should be any day now...

New Site Added to the Sidebar

Knitting Girl
I came across a new site today loaded with patterns and info.

Free, Knit Patterns

I'm Back

Knitting car
Well, after a long hiatus, I am back. I got a little discouraged when my attempts to knit a dog sweater didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. But the other day I picked up my needles and decided to start from scratch. For me, that means with a dishcloth.

Oh, I know that is the easiest and most basic knitting a beginner can do. But my goal is to make my son a new blanket. The quilt I made for him 11 years ago is literally falling apart. I plan on using different dishcloth patterns in complimentary or contrasting colors and then putting all the squares together to make a blanket. It will look more or less like an afghan.

One pattern I found is a sailboat dishcloth which can be found HERE What I really want to find is a turtle pattern or large letters of the individual alphabet to knit my son's name on each block.

Well, back to my searching...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Knit for Kids Sweater Pattern

From the Daily Guide Posts. It is a good way to help a needy child get a nice sweater.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Knitting Button

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I found this cute little button on Knitting is Fun Blog

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Knitting Etiquette

Wendy Knits - Knitting Etiquette

I would not think of knitting in Church but I did see a women crocheting while waiting her turn for Confession.

5 Hour Baby Sweater Projects

5 Hour Baby Sweater Pattern

Baby Boy 5-Hour Sweater Pattern

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Friendship Chain

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I was happily surprised with this cute little gift from fellow Catholic knitter and blogger Pame
Todos nosotros / All of us...
Viejos y jóvenes / Old and young...
Cerca y lejos / Near and far...
Guardamos recuerdos especiales de los buenos momentos que hemos compartido / Hold special memories of good times we've shared.
Hemos tenido nuestra cuota de tiempos malos donde nuestros amigos estuvieron ahí para hacernos sentir mejor / We've had our share of hard times when our friends were there to make us feel better.
Hemos compartido / We've shared...
Nuestros corazones / Our hearts
Nuestro tiempo / Our time
Nuestros secretos / Our secrets
Nuestros temores / Our fears
Nuestras esperanzas / Our hopes
Y nuestos sueños / And our dreams.
¡Que nunca rompamos la cadena de amigos! / Let us never break the chain of friends!

Saluda con este mensaje a todos aquellos que te hacen feliz con su amistad virtual/ Pass this on to all of those that you are happy to have as friends on the net.
I would also like to return the little gift to Pame and to the following ladies:

Lana

and Amy

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Gift for Catholic Knitters and Crocheters

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When my friend Heather requested a button for Catholic crocheters I was only too happy to comply. I was never too happy with the way my original Catholic knitters button looked so I updated that one too. Please help yourselves to either or both of them.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Update on Knitting Projects

Although, I haven't posted in a while, that doesn't mean I haven't been knitting.

I finally finished the pink and white diamond baby blanket for my sister and brother in law.

Now, my mom and I are knitting a sweater together. We are each doing one side of the sweater. It is being done in microfiber yarn that I found on sale at AC Moore. The color is a lovely mauve.

I also bought my first pair of bamboo knitting needles. My mom is actually using those while I use her plastic ones.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Update - Knit to Pray Series

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Suzanne of Trinity Shawls posted the following comment:

Thank you, Esther, for finding and sharing about TrinityShawls.com!

The next Celebration is the Visitation on May 31st for Mary's visit to Elizabeth @ www.trinityshawls.com

Also, please know that the second in the Knit-to-Pray series is on the website and is called Knit-to-Pray with Martha and Mary in simplicity.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Knitting Meme

Cat Yarn

I found the following knitting meme at So Much Yarn, So Little Time

What is your all time favourite yarn to knit with?
Alpaca or alpaca blend.


Your favourite needles?
Right now it's my circular needles which I use a lot.

The worst thing you've ever knit?
The ugliest dog sweater you've ever seen. I combined two colored yarns dark blue and bright yellow and it just didn't work.

Your most favourite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it...but it was the most fun to knit)
I use the diagnonal baby blanket pattern from Lions Brand a lot.

Most valuable knitting technique?
Learning how to purl.

Best knit book or magazine?
Stitch -n- Bitch

Your favourite knit-a-long?
Fisherman cable knit scarf

Your favourite knitblogs?
The ones on my side bar

Your favourite knitwear designer?
my mom.

The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
I still haven't knitted anything for myself. I give everything I knit away.

I am not sure who reads this blog regularly. If you do, you are tagged :-)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

What Kind of Yarn Are You?

H/T to Amy








What kind of yarn are you?




You are Dishcloth Cotton.You are a very hard worker, most at home when you're at home. You are thrifty and seemingly born to clean. You are considered to be a Plain Jane, but you are too practical to notice.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Arrrgh! Knit Like a Pirate Mateys!

POC Picture courtesy of Pirates of the Caribbean
H/T to Alabama Improper

KNIT LIKE A PIRATE

"Aye, mates, when our Jezebel ain't swabbin' the decks o' this site, her weapons o' choice be pointy sticks an' string. She recently designed this fine booty bag, and is offerin' it free fer the downloadin' to all fans o' Talk Like A Pirate Day."

Monday, March 19, 2007

If You Are a Catholic Knitter With a Blog

Catholic Knitters Please help yourself to this logo.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Knit to Pray

Knit to Pray
I stumbled across an article on knitting in a Catholic newspaper Catholic Herald

Through knitting, “God is blessing us in silence and love,” Harker wrote in the Knit-to-Pray Prayer Guide. “It is our time to be present in loving silence to God who nurtures our minds, bodies, hearts and souls.”

Here’s how it works. Knit-to-Pray offers three different shawls: The Annunciation (feast day March 25), The Visit (May 31) and The Nativity (Dec. 25). Each piece offers a choice between two color palettes — fall to winter or winter to spring. For example, The Annunciation winter to spring pattern crosses “Mary’s blue and God’s purest white” to invoke “the brightness and light of spring.” Each shawl is accompanied by a Gospel reading, a Gospel reflection and reflection questions, and the kit comes with Aussie wool, bamboo knitting needles, an instructional guide to knitting and praying, and a sizing chart.

“Knitting becomes prayer when we let the rhythm of knitting, a repeat pattern, move our mind and heart into a place of quiet recollection in the presence of God,” Harker wrote. “By reading the Scripture slowly before beginning our Knit-to-Pray shawl experience, we will focus ourselves on God and move into prayerful reflection.”


For more information on Knit-to-Pray go to Trinity Shawls.

What's New?

Knitting CatI know I haven't posted in a while. I have been knitting though. I attempted to make a sweater for my dog. Although I followed the pattern instructions, it just didn't turn out well. I may end up frogging it after all. That will put me behind in my goal to use up all my yarn.

Currently, I am knitting with baby yarn in pink and white, together and making a diagonal baby blanket for one of my sisters. She and her husband are in the process of adopting a baby.

If I don't finish up my yarn, I won't be able to knit with the alpaca yarn I received as a gift from my dear son. But I am trying to discipline myself to follow through on resolutions.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Spirituality of Knitting

KnitterPicture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Here's another good one from Monastic Musings A reflection of knitting and the Book of Genesis. Click above to read. What I also enjoyed was the connection to Lectio Divina which I recently posted about in my main blog.

"A Benedictine Approach. Benedictines apply the pattern of lectio divina (much blogged here in recent days) to many things in life. This ancient method of sacred reading is prayerful - not studying a text, but ruminating on it, opening oneself to hear God's voice. Some practice a lectio on life, using the events of the day or the week as the subject for lectio. The four steps are easy to adapt to knitting in a quiet environment"

Faith Lessons From Knitting

Girl KnittingPicture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Thanks to this week's Catholic Carnival, I visited a new blog: Monastic Musings and found the following:

1. Everything is done one stitch at a time. No amount of wishing will get a cable sweater done faster. It is all done stitch by stitch. And that is a good thing.

2. Little mistakes can sometimes be covered up.

3. And sometimes not.

4. Big mistakes always require ripping back and starting over. Faithful people call this confession and forgiveness. Knitters call this frustrating.

5. Trust the pattern. Sometimes the Pattern Maker asks you to do things that seem silly, or unnecessary, or just impossible. Do it anyway.

6. Question the pattern. Sometimes the pattern isnt right for you. So you need the courage and intelligence to change it - make the sleeves longer, the body wider, the stitch easier. The pattern needs to change, sometimes. That's fine, just don't lose sight of the finished product - something beautiful.

7. Failure happens to everyone. Sometimes you just blow it. The yarn is wrong, the pattern is wrong, the gauge is wrong, or it's just wrong for you. So you put it away for a while, until you have the courage to look at it, rip it out, and try again, only this time the big fluffy sweater will be a big fluffy afghan. It is important to move on and re-imagine what you might do with what you have.

8. While finished products are nice - and sometimes very nice - it's realy the process that's the most important. After all, if all you wanted was a sweater, you could have bought one cheaper and a lot faster than knitting one. Living is all about process too, about the working at it, day in and day out. The finished product - the life well lived - is celebrated when we aren't there anymore, at our funeral. Until then, we just keep working at it, one stitch at a time.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

2007 World Wide Knit in Public Day - Sign Up

Knitting and Slippahs
"This year World Wide KIP day will be held on Saturday, June
9th. Right now there aren’t any gatherings listed for 2007; sign up’s will open
on January 1st, and close on May 1st. "

For more information visit the WWKIP Day website.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Alphabet Knitting

With this site, you can knit squares of the alphabet letters and numbers.

Click title to go to the site

Tips for Teaching Children to Knit

Girl KnittingPicture courtesy of Government Art Collection

The following is from
The Craft Yarn Council of America

TEACH A CHILD TO CROCHET AND KNIT


The wide smile on a child's face.
The excitement in a young voice.
The pride and enthusiasm seen in small eyes.

What a delight this is for both the young and the "young at heart"!

Sharing your love for crochet and knitting will bring these joys to all who invest their time and talents to teach a child!

Children who are taught to crochet and knit learn so much more than just "stitches". They learn problem solving and math skills. Their reading skills, motor skills, and eye-hand coordination are enhanced. They find an outlet for their creativity which builds self-confidence and self-esteem.

The following suggestions are "time tested" and we hope that you will find them useful as you prepare to share your talents and skill with young people. If you are teaching in a group session or one-on-one, these "quick reference tips" will prove to be useful.


TEN TIPS FROM THE PROS

1. KEEP IT FUN. Your young students must enjoy what they are doing. Let them see that you are having fun.

2. Have a model to display of a project so your students can see what they will be making.

3. Select simple projects that will interest your young students;
projects that can be completed quickly,
use brightly colored yarns, and
have extra supplies on hand.
4. Keep the lessons short to accommodate the short attention span of children.

5. Don't expect perfection. They are trying. That is what is important. Praise them! Find something to compliment;

"I like that yarn color!"
"You have been a good listener today!"
"Your stitches are looking so good!"
"I like the way you are holding your crochet hook!"
REMEMBER KEEP IT FUN!!!!

6. Showing is better than telling. Demonstrate the skill that you want them to do.

7. Put something in their hands as soon as possible. Many teachers have found it easier to begin by giving students a hook or needles with a few rows of crochet or knitting completed. Students learn the basics more easily and then go back and learn foundation chain or cast on, which can be tricky for beginners because of their tension.

8. Children need to have a sense of accomplishment. Provide them with frequent progress reports.

9. When a child is having difficulty with a skill, show them an alternative, if possible.

10. When teaching teenagers:
do not "dumb down" your instructions, but recognize their interests are different,
treat them as adults not like "large children," choose projects that match their interests, consider current fashion trends.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Highlighting a Site

Here's one I forgot all about. This site will come in handy especially if you are a novice knitter:

The Knitting Fool