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I’ve Caught the Knitting Bug

Oh, knitting.  You’ve finally managed to capture my heart!!!  I too have succumbed to the call of your seductive siren song!

 

I’ve made numerous attempts at knitting in my life.  In college for my textile course, from my best friend Adi who used to invite me to her knitting group + other countless times.  But living in Southern California gave me no desire to knit.  It’s hot!  I can’t deal with yarn!  It’s boring!

 

 

 

Well, now.  Living in The Great White North has opened my eyes to the world of knitting.  Cuz it’s so darn chilly + I need a rotating assembly of sassy scarves, jaunty hats + mittens, y’all!!!!  And maybe I’ve become more patient + can now appreciate the meditative qualities of knitting.  My dream is to one day knit myself a head-to-toe onesie.Knitted Onesie

That just looks like a Pepto Bismol yeti or somethinglikethat.  Mmmmmm, cozy.

I took beginner knitting lessons at Baaad Anna’s, a kick ass local knitting shop that is relatively close to me.  A lot of their staff have candy colored hair and/or tattoos – they are a funky ladies!  I’m really glad I went because I was knitting all twisted!  And I learned that I knit “Continental” style as opposed to the more widely practiced “English” style.  To me, continental style is faster + easier because you don’t “toss” the working yarn around – it’s more like you’re “picking” the yarn.  Here’s some videos from Knitting Help.com which is pretty much the best thing you’ll find when you have questions.

Continental knitting demo:

English knitting demo:

Continental knitting is not necessarily better than english, it’s just a matter of preference.

Here is my first project:Knitting - 2

I call it my Acorn Hat.  It makes me look like a gnome.  Or Genghis Khan.Genghis Khan

 

 

 

 

For my second project I wanted to make Jeff a classic watchman’s cap for Valentine’s Day.  I thought it would make him look like a handsome sea captain, or like a hot vintage long shoreman!  Vintage Watchman's Cap

 

 

Also because it has special significance for him, since his step mother knit one for his dad – which his dad still wears.  I got the pattern on Ravelry for free!  It’s an AHMAZING website Adi introduced me to that has a bajillion patterns – a lot of them are freeeee!

 

 

 

 

It was my first time knitting in the round + using double pointed needles.  Knitting - 3

I made a wonky heart stamp from a wine bottle cork since I have a plethora of them + wrapped that hat up CON AMOR!Knitting - 4

Jeff LOVES HIS HAT!!!!  He wears it alla da time!  So of course I made him do a modeling photo shoot when we were at McDonald Beach because it’s like on my top 5 favorite things to do.Knitting - 5

Close up! Knitting - 6Knitting - 7

 

I love knitting!!!  I’m going to keep at it + maybe one day I’ll make this for Megumi!Cat in Sweater

 

 

OMG I just can’t.

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yay! Knitting is so fun! I love Jeff’s hat, it looks fabulous on him! You are so advanced, I didn’t even brave Double Pointed Needles (DPNs to those in the know) until my 2nd or 3rd year knitting. Little Grasshopper, how you have blossomed!

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks, A!!!! I’m finally knitting! I wish I was in SoCal so I can hang out + knit with you!!!

      March 20, 2013
  2. Awesome! I like hearing about how others have caught the knitting bug 🙂

    March 19, 2013
    • Yes! Now I know what people me when they’re like, “One more row, just one more row!”. It’s addicting!

      March 20, 2013
      • I’ve lost hours and meals this way. Haha

        March 20, 2013
  3. Yay! I’m glad you have come to love knitting. It’s my favorite craft to do. I’m a bit obsessive and knit every single day. I started with DPNs really early on, too. I think, other than the horrible practice piece to learn the movements, my first real project was a Christmas stocking, knit in the round and using sock construction.

    Keep up the great work!

    March 20, 2013
    • Thank you! Wow! I would love to tackle socks!!! Socks scare me a little bit!

      March 20, 2013
      • It was a frustrating experience lol, but now I love socks! I think the steps ate easier to learn on a large scale, like with worsted. 🙂

        March 20, 2013
      • Yeah, I think I’ll make some big, floppy house socks for my first try!

        March 20, 2013
  4. Join the dark side, we’ve got yarn…
    Welcome to the club and happy knitting in the future!

    March 20, 2013
  5. Oooh, very nice! I tried to learn crochet once, but counting baffles me…I can only imagine that knitting with BOTH hands AND counting would kill me. 😛

    But if you knit a sweater for Megumi, I must see pictures! 🙂

    March 20, 2013
    • I know! Maybe I’ll have to create a catalog + you’ll have to pick out which designs you want for your guys! Haha we are toooootally crazy cat ladies!

      March 20, 2013
      • I don’t really like the term ‘crazy cat lady’, I prefer ‘recognizer of quality feline virtues’. 🙂

        March 20, 2013
      • HAHAHAHA!!!!! Touche!!! Well played, Michelle. Well played!

        March 20, 2013
  6. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    ALOHA, Nan, kudos 2 U 4 the fine art of knitting and
    have 2 say, Jeff’s knitted blue unit is off the chart’s
    good on’yah, gurl, now U have 2 knit sum 4 da familia
    hehehe….LOL, ok, it was great talk’in at U last night,
    mum & i do inori for U at every meal, & evening, good
    luck 2 U on this endeavor, talk 2 U again soon, Nan !!!
    cheers
    Mahalo
    Dad’s

    March 20, 2013
  7. Brian #

    Hi Shelli

    I dug out my copy of the instructions that Kathryn used to make mine. It came from her WWII knitting booklet.

    “”Service Accessories
    FOR HIS EXTRA COMFORT

    Seaman’s Cap ”

    Will send you a PDF copy’

    Brian

    March 21, 2013
  8. The last time I tried to learn how to knit it ended in tears. Not for me. For the person trying to teach me. 😉 Have fun! I will knit vicariously through you.

    March 24, 2013
    • Haha!!! Yeah it does take a lot of patience – especially when you find mistakes + have to unfurl everything!

      March 24, 2013

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