Sometimes I Even Knit

While sewing remains my first crafty love, I do sometimes knit.  I took it up a of couple years ago as a way to satisfy my creative needs in a way that fit my current lifestyle.  Knitting is more portable than sewing: I can take it with me on a trip or to one of my daughter’s appointments.  I can also relax with it on the couch in the evening watching TV with my husband.

Knit Bells

The Christmas Bells On My Tree

I have always liked the idea of knitting, but I had a few false starts.  I first tried knitting in my teens.  If my memory is correct, I believe my Gran taught me the basics of the knit and purl stitches.  The only thing I can recall actually making at that time were some little bell-shaped Christmas ornaments that I gave to each of my grandmas as gifts.  Gran gave me hers a few years ago when she was downsizing her Christmas ornaments.

I tried again in my early twenties.  I made a couple of hats.  I even started a sweater (which I spent a lot of money buying yarn for).  The problem was, I didn’t really learn how to knit properly.  I only knew the very basics and nothing about using a pattern.  Worst of all, I knit REALLY tight, so it wasn’t enjoyable.  It was actually painful!

When I got the bug to start knitting again a few years ago I decided to do it right.  I asked for a beginning knitting book for Christmas and I started with some simple projects.  I made a concerted effort to learn how to not knit too tight.

Vogue Knitting Sweater

XO Raglan Cardigan


Right now I am working on my first sweater (the failed attempt in my 20’s doesn’t count).  I am making#24, the XO Raglan Cardigan, from the Winter 2009/10 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine.

I have completed the back piece and am partway through the sleeves.  The yarn is a lovely light blue silk/wool blend.

It has been a few months since I have worked on my sweater, but I am feeling ready to start working on it again.  I am currently working on another little knitting project (more on that later!) and really enjoying it, so I can definitely see myself picking up the sweater again soon.



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2 responses to “Sometimes I Even Knit

  1. Justine

    Do you still have the remnants from that ‘failed’ attempt in your 20’s?! I’m sure there were a few grateful moths – the silver lining to that cloud! 🙂

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