Adventures in Knitting!

The ever growing scarf!

The ever growing scarf!

What a fun end to the week! It’s been a bit quiet around here with all our drowsy weather. I don’t think I’ve made it a day without coffee yet this week.

I’m normally a very bouncy and peppy person, but I’ve been very quiet. Honestly, I think my allergies are kicking in, and so are Ziggy’s. We both just want to curl up in bed and sleep. He even cuddled with me last night, something he just does not do.

I have made very little progress on any of my projects. The linen stitch scarf (pictured above) has grown a little since it’s first picture, but I’ve been more focused on finishing my first big handspun project. After trying a spinning wheel, my drop spindle feels painfully slow. I passed the halfway point on Wednesday, so I’m really hoping to finish tonight. I’m “meh” at the moment about it. Where the colors contrast and pop, I love it. Where they muddle together, I’m not happy. That’s a comment on my color choices, not the fiber itself. Both fibers are gorgeous!

But! Despite all this, I attended my very first knitting group! I’m actually really excited about this. I learned to knit mostly online, remember, so I really had no idea how much fun it could be to be surrounded by crafters and so much expertise. It was just incredible, and I will be attending more often.

A friend and I attended the group last night. My friend is brand new to the wonderful world of knitting, and I’m trying to get her hooked. I figured going to this group would be good for her too. That night, they did a mug rug, or coaster, exchange. I had whipped up a couple in linen stitch real quick so we could participate too. Ken added tassles to hide my messy edges. I’m glad he did. I just did not do a great job on those. I don’t have pictures, but I don’t like how one of the mug rugs turned out. I didn’t block it, and you can tell! Anyway, here’s the one I received:

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I love it! All of the mug rugs were stunning. I almost wanted to ask for a whole set from everyone! My friend was thrilled with the one she took home. It looks like it was crocheted in Sugar n Cream in a blended orange-pink. It’s so pretty! There was also a double-knit one that changed hands a few times. As I’m wanting to try double-knitting, that may be a good project to look up. Something easy and small.

The biggest part of last night was a milestone for my friend (pictured below). She has been steadily working on a knit piece for weeks, and last night she decided she wanted to cast it off. I was so excited! It’s not a long piece, but no one ever said it had to be. She got to the point where she felt comfortable enough with the knit stitch to break. So, she used our time at knitting group to learn how to cast ย off. We didn’t bother weaving in ends as neither of us had a crochet hook or tapestry needle. That’ll be today’s project. Anyway, I’m so excited for her! Next, the purl stitch!

M and her Barbie blanket!

M and her Barbie blanket!

One of the women brought up a yarn-bombing idea that she’d like the group to participate in. For Veteran’s Day, they’re talking about making knit or crochet poppies to decorate our local VA Hospital or possibly to give a poppy to each of the veterans there. I’m definitely interested in participating. They’re small gifts to people who sacrificed so much for us. It’s a nice gesture, I think. There was also talk about getting people around the country, if not around the world, to help us out. When I have more information, I’ll share!

This weekend will be a quiet one at home. Ken and I are trying to declutter our house (I’m going through another phase of it, yes!), and so we’re going to tackle the spare bedroom. I have nearly 50-60 dvds on the kitchen table ready to move on to a new home, and then we’ll start minimizing our towel collection and kitchen supply collection. I appreciate so much what we got from the wedding, but we have way too much stuff, most of it never used.

Along with that, I am darned and determined to finish plying this yarn! I will get it done. I don’t know what I’ll do with it after that, but it must be finished. I also need to cast off the first sock for dad and start the second. I’m working on Ken’s sweater, which is getting close to ready for arms finally. Those are my only projects right now. Can you believe it? My project shelf seems so empty!

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely Friday and a great weekend! Any fun plans?

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6 thoughts on “Adventures in Knitting!

  1. What a lovely evening out! There’s nothing nicer that stitching/knitting with friends. M looks deservedly proud of her knitted piece. Just a thought about your towels – I’d put them in storage. In a few years you’ll probably be looking to replace your current ones, and gifted ones are Much cheaper than having to buy them. A word of advice from experience!!

  2. I love the poppy idea! Please do post more info about that when it comes ๐Ÿ™‚
    All of our allergies are acting up too, it’s got to be the changes in weather. I’ll be spending my weekend trying to make Little Sheep feel better.

  3. I’d never thought of knitting flowers for Veteran’s Day! That’s a wonderful idea! I work at a restaurant part-time and we always give free meals to military on Veteran’s Day…I think I’ll try to see if I can get a few friends to knit up a couple hundred poppies to give them, as well. I’m so glad I read this in plenty of time to get started!

  4. You are much braver than I am. I have a large towel collection, and seem to keep them forever. Having pets in the house, the towels are passed down to them, they are great for bathtime, rainy weather and wet paws. ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best, and keep us posted.

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