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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yarn Along...

A week ago I finally decided to pick up the knitting needles and give it go.  Sigh.  It's very humbling to feel competent at one needlecraft and realize you're almost completely inept at another (I posted my first attempt in Sunday's post).

After a week of practicing knitting and purling (and even getting Continental Knitting down pretty well - in fact I prefer it) I'm feeling better about it all.    I still prefer crocheting, but today I felt confident enough to start a simple dishcloth without fear I'd grow utterly discouraged. 

It's a simple pattern alternating a row of K3, P1, K3 with a row of knit stitches.  You can see the pattern beginning to emerge.  I've made some mistakes, but nothing yet that's making me despair.  Yet.  Truth be told, I'm actually a little encouraged that I can tell what my mistakes are.  That's new.  And a sign that I'm progressing.

And tonight I plan to start The Stolen Crown by Susan Higgenbotham.  I'm not sure what the story is, but after reading Higgenbotham's The Traitor's Wife I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy of another of her books.  I do know it's about kings, queens, courts, murder and intrique, and the time frame has some close relationship  to The War of the Roses.  And while I suspect Higgenbotham takes very seriously her literary license when it comes to writing historical fiction, I do expect to learn about (and more importantly become curious about) some historical events and persons I'm not very familiar with as I read this new-to-me novel.

To see what other yarnies are making and reading check out Ginny's weekly Yarn Along.



  1. So exciting! I knew how to crochet since I was 9 years old, but in my early 20s I decided to try needles as well. At first it felt so bizarre and my hands seemed completely helpless with two needles. A hook seemed much more familiar, but I kept trying and after awhile knitting and crochet started to coexist in my crafty world perfectly :) But I must admit - now I am cheating on crochet too much with my knitting needles.I am sure you will learn in no time!

  2. Wow, Becki, your crocheting is simply beautiful! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. We have something in common (besides homeschooling!): I can't crochet, or with much difficulty. Knitting though...is my passion! You are a whiz but the knitting makes you crazy. I've taken lessons, made resolutions...still no more than a granny square to my name. Good for you for sticking with your new craft. Maybe someday I will too.
    As for books: I've been listening to the series, out of order, by Philippa Gregory, from that same time period; pre and during the War of the Roses. The historical details are good, but the writing gets to sounding the same.

  3. Looks great! I wouldn't believe you've only been at it a week. Knitting has brought me a lot of joy. I hope it does you as well.