We have a cactus plant with fine branches that once in a blue moon produces stunning pink blossoms. Well, it took a super moon but we have ten blossoms this spring. The camera sucks the colour out of the flowers so imagine them at least two to three times more pink than they show here. They are also only just under half an inch across and so quite dainty.
I promise no baby pictures this time. I don't want to become one of those annoying old ladies who talk non stop about their grandchildren, but there will be an odd picture now and then! :)
I have always resisted learning to knit for some reason. My mother was a beautiful knitter and tried to show me, but she always went too fast for me to keep up and then she'd get fed up trying to slow it down and show me over and over. I was a teenager then so that should explain 99% of the problem! Sadly she passed away young at age 61 in 1995 so she never did see any of my weaving.
Me, at the back left, along with my other brother and sisters on a white sand beach in Dunedin, NZ in approx 1972 or 73. I was about 16-17 years old and was crocheting and doing needlepoint as taught in my school, Otago Girls' High School. That beach was as amazing as it looks!
I have learned to crochet, do needlepoint including drawn thread work and hardanger, kumihumo, dye my own silks, bead and oh, ya... weave! But no knitting. I had told a dear friend some years ago that I was saving it for my "old age".
Oh, I have been tempted along the way! What to do with all my hand spun yarn? Since I weave by day, knitting would be nice in the evenings. Go to a guild function and everyone was knitting and I sat empty handed.
But I resisted. (Hubby dearest would throttle me if I took up yet another activity!)
Then this past weekend I looked at my grandson and realised that my "old age" had just arrived! I was going to pin it at age 60 in the future, but the kidlet arrived sooner than the birthday. So while we were in Kelowna I went to Kelowna Yarn and Needlecraft and had a great visit with owner Ann, and the afternoon knitters and came home with this:
Since I'm new to knitting, I labeled all needles with the metric, Canadian and American sizes. They are quite different so its a big help to me at this stage.
The case comes with four varying lengths of cable and connectors and a storage pouch for stitch markers and such.
As you can see I have a set in use already. I have been working with a 'sacrifice' ball of Paton's Astra yarn and practising. I can do a long tail cast on now, and provided I don't drop a stitch, I'm knitting up a basic lace scarf using KidLin by Louet.
This is what I have accomplished as of today and I'm quite enjoying this. Thank god for You Tube videos is all I can say! It turns out that I sent all my "how-to" books to my daughter and so got caught flat-footed. What was I thinking!? :)
I picked up some basic brochures at the LYS "The Loom" (yes, that's its real name!) :
and because my heart lies in this direction... (sorry about the flash flare)
So my lace is really basic:
Cast on 37 stitches
row 1: knit
Row 2: knit 1, *YO, k 2 tog*
Keep going till the length you like, cast off.
I can do that! (till I drop a stitch that is...)
Next post will be extra special.... I will have a friend along as a guest.