Archive for January, 2014

Teaching Knitting

There are some really good tips here! Enjoy Martine’s take on teaching someone to knit. Please feel free to add any of your own tips in the comments.

I promised in my last blog post to put up other pictures of what I did in 2013, and update you on where I am with Grietje’s Rose Trellis Shawl. Honestly, I have put that aside to work on my first afghan that I am making for my step-mom, Rachael.
She asked for one in early January, so I started researching available projects, and I found one that I think she will love. I am making the Cromwell Court Afghan from the Lion Brand website. I will be alternating between Grietje’s shawl and this afghan for
the foreseeable future. They are both huge projects, especially for a novice knitter like I am. I have aspirations on being a master knitter, but I don’t expect that will happen within the next few months, LOL.. Are any of you master knitter’s? If so, how long did
it take you to get to that status?

You can find the free pattern here:


SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 46 x 54 in. (117 x 137 cm)

I am doing it in 4 different colors that I have in my stash. I have quite a bit of acrylic in my stash that I have purchased for baby patterns, etc. So, I decided to make it with acrylic worsted weight, and I used Vanna’s Choice, Red Heart (eek!), and Lion Brand Pound of Love baby yarn. I am using a snowy white, burgundy, charcoal, and olive green in the blanket, but the main color will be white. This is an excellent use of my stash and it will allow me to use up some of the partial skeins that I have or the odd skein that I didn’t use in another pattern. In my mind it is going to be very pretty. I am doing 5 repeats of the white, adding a color and doing 2 repeats of whatever color that I am using at the time, and then 5 more repeats of the white, etc. until I get it the length that I want it to be. This pattern is very easy to memorize as well. All of the yarn is a nice thick worsted, although not the yarn called for in the pattern. I dislike working with bulky yarn, so I had to add more cast on stitches than they called for to make it the size I needed for it to be. I imagine the weight will cause it to stretch beyond my imagination as it is already getting stretched out and I am only into row 33 or so into it.

I am liking the pattern, and on the plus side I am not bored with it yet. That is saying a lot because I get bored very quickly, which is why I change patterns so very much. As it is now, I will probably pick up the shawl and go back and forth between this pattern and the shawl just to keep things interesting.

Speaking of shawls, last year was the year of the shawls. I made my SIL a pink simple shawl, and I wanted to show ya’ll what it looked like. It was a simple stockinette triangular shawl with added fringe. It was made with 100% mohair, and she loved it. OF course, Katie has taken over possession of it because it is pink and it is for princesses according to Katie. J

Until next time!

I worked on a few projects in 2013, all of which I am very proud of. Several of the items winged their way to the Netherlands when my husband’s family came to visit and took their gifts back home with them
when they left in September 2013.

First up is my father-in-law, Wim, modeling his cable scarf that I have talked about previously here on the blog.


Here is the scarf that I made for my brother-in-law, Joram. It is a deep red alpaca yarn that was used. This picture doesn’t do the scarf much justice. This is my brother-in-law, Joram, and my mother-in-law, Grietje. The picture of the scarf that I made for Joram is below this one.


This scarf was a LONG knit. Joram is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and this scarf is as tall as he is! I can’t believe that I had the patience to work on it for that long!

Next up, is my mother-in-law, Grietje, modeling her collar, hat, and scarf that I made for her, along with a close up of where I am at with her shawl. I didn’t manage to get it finished before she left to go back home, and it is still on my needles being worked on.


Okay, so the hat is WAY too big for her head. I didn’t have her actual head measurement when I made this, but this hat will not fit anyone’s head that has tried it on to date. So, I think I will remake it to fit her head as she loved it and wished that it fit her head better.

The shawl is in progress. I still have about 40 repeats of 8 rows before I finish this shawl. Of course, I may make it shorter than the original pattern called for. I don’t seem to have the patience to make something really long, but I am trying to keep on knitting on this one for the simple reason that I want to see if I can do it, AND I want to see what it looks like when it is fully aggressively blocked and finished. I still have to take some pictures of it in its current state. However, it looks a lot like what I have previously posted, except it is longer.. J

I finished a shawl for Katie, which is pictured here:


Here is of closeup of the lace pattern. The pattern is the 198 yards of Heaven that you can find for free on Ravelry.



Here is a picture of my darling Katie wearing her shawl and the sweater that I made for her this year.


A chance to catch up

Good Morning!

I wanted to take a few minutes and update my blog. I know it has been a long time, and if you are still with me I thank you. It has been a rough few months, getting over losing Chewi and trying to train the new pup. We both still miss her so very much, and I am not sure that will ever lessen. The puppy is very smart, but it is hard to remember that she is not Chewi, she is Sasha. She is all over the place, getting into everything, so I have to be diligent in keeping my shoes off the floor, making sure my knitting is out of her reach, making sure the door is bolted because she has gotten big enough to be able to open the door by herself if it is not dead bolted. She is a very smart puppy! Here she is at about 8 weeks old trying to carry a Frisbee in her mouth. J


Here she is about a week ago laying on my foot. J See how much she has grown? She is so big that I can’t crop the picture enough without cutting off one of her body parts in the picture! She is growing like a weed, too! Look at those feet!


When we went back to Sparta, NC to get her spayed on December 23, 2013, she weighed 25.6 pounds at 3 months and 18 days. Now she is up to approximately 30 pounds at 4 months and 7 days today! She has already wiggled her way into our hearts from the first night.
She is helping both of us heal from the pain of losing Chewi. I pray that she is around for a good long time. I do wish that Nikki would warm up to her. That has yet to happen. Here is a picture of our cat, Kiddle, checking her out when she first got here! She was about 8 weeks
old in this picture. Kiddle is about 4 years old here. She is a Russian Blue kitty that we rescued from Safe Haven for Cats. Isn’t she beautiful? You should see her chasing Sasha around the house, giving her a right hook to bring her in line. It is so funny! Sasha barks a lot at Kiddle,
as well as Nikki, so that can be a bit nerve wracking at times. When Kiddle gets tired of it though, she puts her in her place really quick!



So this is where Sasha is right now, and I will write a 2nd post to talk about knitting. Thanks for sticking with me! I really appreciate your patience!

Until next time,
Linda, the girl who knits and purls!

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