December 27, 2011

Purl Along


I did it, everybody!  Using a life-saving combination of books and YouTube--thank you to everyone who posted such helpful videos--I conquered the dreaded knitting needles.  Obviously, I'm only a beginner, but I did actually figure out what I had been doing wrong in my previous attempts, and am well on my way to making my first scarf that actually lies flat.  Hurrah!  So far, I can create the garter and stockinette stitches without difficulty, and this scarf is coming together with the extremely simple rib K1P1.  Still, it makes me ridiculously happy to think that I can now actually KNIT!

Meanwhile, the Christmas blanket is coming along beautifully.  Granted, it's now December 27th, but throughout my childhood, we always left everything decorated until New Year's Day, and now that the Good Man and I have established our own household and family, we stick to the old tradition of the full Twelve Days of Christmas, so I'm hoping to have the blanket basically finished by Epiphany (January 6th).

On the reading front, I actually read an entire book since last week's Yarn Along.  I picked up Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and could not lay it down until I finished it (review coming as soon as I finish recovering from this plague I've caught).  Now I've moved on to Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber, but it is in my Kindle, and a picture of that wouldn't be terribly exciting if you've ever seen a Kindle, so here's the cover image for you to enjoy.

Happy Yarning, and Happy New Year!


  1. Yippee!!! Good for you. I too am a crocheter turned new knitter recently. Keep at it. Every day you will get better and braver lol. We keep up our tree until Epiphany over here : )

  2. 18 years ago I would have laughed till I cried at the thought of you knitting, Jennifer, you have to agree with me on that one!
    Congratulations on your accomplishments though :)

  3. woohoo! i like the color of the yarn. nice!

  4. Yeah, thanks for that vote of confidence, Sarah! :D Yes, you're absolutely right--but then, how many things about my life today would've totally baffled the me of 18 years ago?

  5. Wow - your knitting looks great! I am also a crocheter...who some day wants to tackle the knitting needles... Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Congratulations on your knitting, you are going to love it!! Your crochet blanket looks amazing.

  7. Good for you! I learned to knit from and Youtube too, as there were no knitters in my neck of the woods to go to for help. I love it now, and can't seem to stop ;)!

  8. Congratulations on conquering knitting! I have been a knitter for over 10 years and I keep trying to crochet and just can't seem to get my head around it. I think I need to sit down with a very patient crocheting friend -- that might be the key to the whole thing! Your blanket is beautiful, too.

  9. I get it! I've just learned to knit too...and I was so scared at first (I really don't know why) but after figuring it out i'm so glad that I tried!


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