Thursday, March 19, 2009

knitting again

Finally, I am knitting again. After I finished my little slipper project in the fall, I bought this lovely soft cotton yarn from Fabric Town, then set it aside and never got started on anything. Sunday I got it out and just started knitting. I decided to make a scarf--no pattern, just alternating a row of knit with a row a purl. It is so fun to watch it knit up! And this yarn is a dream to work with. It's "Tara" yarn, and I love how soft it is. It's a dream to work with too, especially after that nasty nasty Vanna White yarn (never again!)
Here is how it looked on Sunday. I was confused about how to do the purling, so I looked it up in both Knitting Pretty and Kids Knitting. I was surprised and how the different explanations worked so differently for me. The explanation in Kids Knitting confused me, but the directions in Knitting Pretty worked like a charm. I was surprised mostly because usually I prefer the Kids Knitting instructions. It's a good thing I have both, I suppose.

And now I have all this. I'm having so much fun with it. I think maybe this isn't going to be the flattest scarf--it's all curled in along the sides, but it's very good practice, and the boys are excited because I'm also going to share it with them--for them it will be a snake, I'm sure, or something deliciously open-ended.

More exciting news on the knitting front: I discovered a beautiful yarn shop locally, and I'm going to be taking knitting lessons. Very exciting! I may have to wait until May to fit it into my schedule, but it's definitely happening. Also, I'm determined to make the Garter Yoke Cardi that Soulemama posted. Can anyone help me find the pattern? I contacted the Knit.1 website and they said they are all sold out of the winter issues. I also looked at Barnes and Noble, Fabric Town, Michael's, our health food store, and our local knitting shop, to no avail. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. And happy weekend to all!

13 comments:

Aim said...

Good for you! KNitting is the bomb! And that's a mighty pretty cardigan...I'm almost tempted =)

Jessica said...

EEEEE! I just found out you can download the pattern for $6.00 from Ravelry! Which makes me thrilled since I was bummed I couldn't get my hands on that magazine. I think I'm going to order it and try it out as my first sweater ... it looks so manageable!

Anonymous said...

I found it for you. You can purchase it as a download here for $6.

http://www.vogueknitting.com/books/product_info.php?cPath=28_43&products_id=598

I love your blog. You inspire me with your parenting, cooking and baking, and all of your crafty projects. I also pray for your son almost daily. He is such a trooper!

I am learning to knit and am currently making a blanket for my daughter's thrifted wooden doll cradle. I have that sweater on my to-do wishlist.

I can't wait to see your finished cardigan. Best of luck!

Joy said...

That sweater was gorgeous! Good luck with it. I hope you'll show us when you start working on it. :) I'm still in the scarf knitting stage myself.

Meg said...

I love the color of that yarn and I'm so excited for you about the classes!

Anonymous said...

Borders near me was the only place that had it - I looked & called all over. Good luck - that sweater is next on my needles!

gardenymph said...

That is one of my mostest favoritest colors! Have fun!
ps. that cardigan makes me want to knit so badly!

Anonymous said...

That is a nice cardigan. You can probably just go to the Knit 1 magazine website and order the fall/winter issue.

knit1mag.com

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm still half asleep......you already went to their website. I just reread what you wrote. SORRY! I'm no help!

That color yarn you're using for your scarf is beautiful. I'm glad you're enjoying the knitting. I hope you and Soulemama and some of the other websites I visit will get me into knitting. So far, I'm just enjoying watching everybody else make beautiful things.

Have a good weekend!

Shawn said...

If you are not on Ravelry yet you can still get the magazine at Webs on-line (www.yarn.com)

Good luck, and happy spring equinox!

Mary Beth said...

Thank you so much everyone! Jessica--I will try to download from Ravely, which I am already on. I find the site kind of perplexing to use, though, so I hope I can find it! Thanks to all of you--you guys are super awesome.

Rach said...

How exciting - all this knitting. I am still waiting on my Ravelry access thing. And of course, waiting for someone to show me what I am doing wrong...x

woolanthropy said...

everyone already mentioned downloading it from ravelry. But here is a link to a free pattern that is very similar.
http://sites.google.com/site/beckysknittingpatterns/Home/transitions-yoke-cardigan

You could easily make adjustments to make it look like the other cardigan and the knit shop should be able to help with that during your lesson.

Knitting is so much fun. Enjoy!