Tuesday, April 19, 2005

it's all about the little things

I had a conversation with my sister over AIM last night that made me inexplicably happy and smiley, especially after a crappy day.

But first, some background. I started knitting in November, and when I went home for winter break I brought my half-completed first scarf with me. Over the next 2 weeks, I finished that scarf and another one, all while my sister and I watched lots of movies and crappy TV. My grandmother found out that I had taken up knitting and gave me a ton of her old yarn - all red heart super saver. Makes great scrap yarn. So my sister asked if I could teach her how to knit. And I tried. But after a few rows full of holes from dropped stitches and extra stitches from where she had split the yarn, she gave up.

She came to visit me in California a month later, and asked me to teach her again. So I tried, and the same thing happened. I taught her how to purl too, but she couldn't remember which was which and her swatch was a mess. We were both home for spring break a few weeks ago, and yet again she wanted to try. I gave her a set of needles and some scrap wool-ease and she went to work, this time producing 2 almost-perfect square swatches, one all knit and the other all purl. She didn't think she'd have the patience for a scarf, so we picked up some cotton on sale and found a simple dishcloth pattern. A few days later, she had made a lot of progress. I was totally impressed. (Though my parents were not so happy that every time they needed us, they had to now hear 2 people scream back "I just have to finish this row!")

Unfortunately she was working with my Denise needles, so when I left to come back to school I had to pull them out of her project. I put it on some scrap yarn and reminded her she could always go buy a set of needles and finish it, but we both knew her motivation would probably die out pretty soon. Sure enough, she left the unfinished dishcloth at home when she left to go back to school a week later.

Then, last night, there was this:

Sara: oh
Sara: i bought knitting needles
Sara: and yarn
Sara: !!
Sara: isn't that nuts?
Sara: i haven't been able to make anything good
Sara: but it's nice to have something to do with my hands
me: yessss!!!
Sara: the needles are very very long though, and the yarn splits easily
me: what kind of yarn and needles did you buy?
Sara: the needles are size eight
Sara: really really really long
Sara: and the yarn is something soft that has a baby blanket pattern on it

And I feel victorious! I finally converted her! I have another knitter in the family! And as I mentioned, I was having a bad day, especially emotionally, so the fact that my sister is now knitting really made my day. :)

In other knitting news, well, I've been procrastinating updating here, because I know that I have to write about my first knitting disaster. I guess it's not such a disaster per se, but it's my first completed project that just does not fit. I'll post more details when my camera battery charges and I can take some pictures.

Also, I've been knitting away on my honeymoon cami. I'm in the increase section and it's going pretty quickly. I am completely in love with this yarn (Filati Fantasia Cezanne), it is SO soft and the color is so bold and saturated. Can't wait to finish and wear it!


  • Good for you! We need more in the fold.

    Looking forward to seeing your cami.


    By Blogger amylovie, at 10:12 PM  

  • Hi Joanna! I am your secret pal, and will be lurking on your blog to get to know you better! Just wanted you to know that you have been claimed.

    By Anonymous, at 11:55 AM  

  • Hi Joanna...I saw your Cleo pics in your archives...its beautiful! and I need your help! My Cleo was too big around the lace band part. This is my first attempt at a fitted garment and honestly the whole gauge issue is confusing me. Should I use bigger or smaller needles to adjust the gauge? - I used size 9(US) needles..and I need a smaller garment...ANY help you can give me would be great!

    By Anonymous, at 10:07 PM  

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