Thursday, January 23, 2014

LOVE, of knitting

 Do you knit?  Crochet? Quilt? Needlepoint?  All of the above?  I'm a knitter.  There have been months, even years that I haven't picked up my needles.  Then I get started on a project again and remember how much I love to knit.  Unless you're working on an afghan/blanket/throw it's pretty portable too!

Just before the holidays I found some partially finished projects.  Projects left on needles for months... ok, a year or two.  One was a ruffled mohair scarf that I finished as a gift.  Another was a green scarf I started and didn't finish.  I decided to start over with that yarn and came up with a new pattern.  Scarves are one of my favorite knitting projects since you can really use any pattern... in fact this one actually came out of a book I have that is just that... patterns of stitches.  This one is a variation of a basketweave stitch.

And these needles?  My all time favorite ones hands down.  Size 10 (us sizing) and vintage (would they be anything else?) Bakelite or celluloid needles.  They have such a smooth feel when I knit and I like the rather odd taper on the pointed ends.  My husband's aunt found them years ago at a thrift store or yard sale.

If you're not a knitter... have I inspired you at all to learn?

A few years ago my mother in law gave me a set of these needles.  They are interchangeable needles and are fabulous too... especially if you like using circular needles.  Me, well I go back and forth... when I'm using regular straight needles I think they're my favorite, then when I use circular needles I'm sold on them.  Fickle perhaps?  Once other benefit of the interchangeable needles is the cords are different lengths, especially helpful with a large blanket or a long scarf knit lengthwise!

And of course... I also COLLECT knitting needles!  Are you surprised?  I'm always on the look out for old celluloid needles at thrift stores and estate sales.  Some of these can go for a hefty price.  I even love the fun pastel colors!

But my project I've been waiting so patiently to start?  This cute little pattern I bought online finally came...

Baby sized, 6 months to be exact.  Planned to be made for a certain little Baby J to wear during Husky (University of Washington) football season next fall!  I had to wait to get the purple yarn last weekend in Seattle... a super soft wool from Norway.

 And then the needles from here this week... couldn't believe I didn't check to see if I had teeny, tiny needles in my stash!  And I'm still on the hunt for some gold angora or mohair for the fair isle pattern at the top... something nice and fuzzy... hopefully one of my local yarn stores will have a skein or two in the right color.
But for the rest of this weekend?   Well this is where you can expect to find me.


  1. Oh how I wish I could knit; maybe someday. I don't know if I have the patience for it but love the soft, pretty colors you've chosen.

  2. Wow.. loved this post. The yarns, vintage needles.. all so pretty! I am a new knitter. Now some (my mom & sis) would say I'm a "knitter." Starting off with some loom knitting and have to say I love it. Maybe someday I can be brave and face the needles, but for now, I'm having fun with the loom. Thanks for inspiring with your knitting story.. will stay tuned for progress on that sweet and special project ♥ -Tammy

  3. Winter weather always seems to call for knitting in the evenings. I'm on the last five rows of a pretty baby blanket for my expected nephew. My favourite needles right now are bamboo circular needles - so nice to work with.

  4. I know the basics, but I haven't made anything in a very long time. I really should give knitting a try again!

  5. What a lovely post...pretty yarn & fun vintage needles! I finally finished my first knitting project...a wool shawl, and boy just in the nick of time with our weather! It's nothing fancy, but I'm happy to have it and hope to learn more. Thanks for sharing. -Mary

  6. I love needlework and do all of the above mentioned. I just wish I had more time for my hobbies. The vintage needles are lovely and my sil has quite a few pairs. I just bought my first bamboo needles for an infinity scarf I just posted, and love them. I am also currently working on two crocheted afgahans. Your dress project is going to be adorable. Happy {knitting} weekend.

  7. I crochet and would love to learn to knit one day soon! I collect old crochet, but should start collection knitting needles, too! xo Heather

  8. Oooh, that green yarn is delightful looking! My mom used to knit (lots of sweaters) all the time, so I learned the basics when I was a girl. I made simple things like dolly blankets and slippers. These days I mostly enjoy crocheting. I have a colorful "collection" of knitting needles and crochet hooks, too.


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