So for some time now I have been a bit off knitting. I wasn't sure why. I was feeling inadaquate as a knitter. Nothing inspired me and I felt I just wasn't making anything really amazing or neat, blah, blah, blah.
Well, I back in the game and getting really really excited about some projects. So many in fact that I don't really know where to start!
I need to back up a minute here:
After Easter Fletch and I went to stay the weekend with Grandma Paffy (my MIL - and knitting guru). She gave me half of the yarn stash you see above! I wish I had taken a picture of her yarn stash. She is organized beyond belief and has such yarn, I can only ever dream of. And I do. If I had known how to knit when I first started dating Jim, I would have married him just so that some day I could inherit her stash! I know that sounds horrible and morbid - but she has already promised it to me. She knows me well!!!!!
Last weekend Kathy came for a visit, this is her and
Fletch hiking at Montana De Oro. We had a great time.
After our day at the beach we found some time to knit,
she helped me to figure out how to write/work my own
basic hat pattern. I am now using the Noro Blossom I bought
for the purse pattern from Simply Noro to make myself a
hat and scarf:
The hat turned out just a tad large, but
I like it. The scarf is starting out a garter
stich with st st border. That may
change, but so far I like it.
The other big project I will be starting on is a sweater for Fletch. Remember the Green and Orange cardigan? I gave up on it. I did not love it at all.
The other day four other ladies from my Book/Knitting/Eating club and I went on a knitting feild trip to a LYS I have not been to Ball, Skein and More in Cambria. Afterwards we had a proper tea at the Tea Cozy in Cambria. All around it was a great trip. While I resisted buying any yarn I did buy The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. It has completely shifted my fear of sweaters to a full on excited "I know I can do it attitude!".
In that spirit and after some help from Barb on finding knitters graph paper on the web I have designed a colorwork chart for a pull on raglan I plan to get to work on today!
Originally I was thinking of doing a truck,
Fletch wanted a garbage truck. Then I realized
I wanted to do an airplane or helicopter to
make use of the word FLY which is also his
initials: Fletcher Leopold Yost!
I am in love with this and hope it works out
as well as I am invisioning. I am so dedicated
to it that I am going to knit a swatch with the
whole motif on it befor I start on the sweater to
make sure it will turn out!
I did have to promise to do a garbage truck sweater
Last but not least I am so thrilled for Barb and Jason,
and the Baby Bump! The sweater she knit is heavenly.
Katie, Barb and I met up at
Barb's house for a dinner date and she took us the back room
where Jason was on the computer to show us her "latest"
knitting project. I was stunned. Katie asked, "Is it for Matilda?"
(her daughter) and Barb said no, and pointed to her belly, "It's
for mine!" WOW!!!!
Then Kate says, "You'll have to make two!"
They are due the same week..... what are the chances?