Tuesday, October 11, 2011

To Knit...or (K)not...

Long before I became a quilter, I had a knitting phase. Mostly in high school and college. A couple of sweaters, lots of afghans. This one still lives with my parents:
Several weeks ago this book arrived in the mail: The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket.
Jane's style of writing and beautiful photos alone are worthy of the purchase. I flipped through the pages and she had fascinating sidebars, like this one
and this one
and beautiful pictures like this
and even some crochet:

These were projects you would make without a huge commitment of time or finances. Suddenly, there it was: the desire to pick up my knitting needles once again.

I made a craft caddy
and a needle roll.

I enlisted a knitting partner. I made her a craft caddy
and a needle roll.

So now we have matching containers for our supplies.


I didn't think I would ever knit again. But maybe. Maybe just a little. Just a couple balls of yarn. Just a couple...

That thud you just heard? Um, that could have been Mark.I think he started banging his head against the wall when I said, "Honey, really, it's only a couple balls of yarn. Really.  Only a couple..."

24 comments:

  1. I felt the same way about crochet. Long before I quilted I did crochet and embroidery and I have been inspired to do a bit of both also thinking I wouldn’t go back to 'that' type of crafting again. The old becomes new again I guess, I say To Knit - definitely!

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  2. Your craft tote and matching needle roll are really nice...I'm thinking I need to make a needle roll! Thanks for the inspiration..you do beautiful work.

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  3. I have resisted learning to knit or crochet....if yarn grows anything like the fabric stash we could be in big trouble!

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  4. Your totes and needle rolls are the prettiest ones I've ever seen. Oh go ahead - one or two (maybe 3 or 4) knitting projects won't be so bad :)

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  5. I have been feeling the pull of my crochet hook as of late. To knit! Love your caddys and rolls. Did you use a pattern?

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  6. Can't wait to see what you make! I've tried knitting a few times, I know how to do the super basics but when I drop a stitch or something, I have to rip the whole thing out and start over! I just don't know how to fix a simple mistake. I crochet and it's so much faster for me than knitting, but I think the look of knitting is so much better than crochet! It just takes so long!!

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  7. Nope, it was my husband...banging his head as he tried to change the passwords to all things money related...Learning to crochet has been "on my list" for a LONG time...LOL..collecting yarn, well I was a natural at that. Recently (August) I drove with my oldest, cross country, back to college. She goes to school very close to where my brother and Sister In Law (Madame Super Knitter)live. I brought her every bit of all of the collection. I am NOT a crocheter. I REALLY admire you gals who can make yarn look like something recognizable.

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  8. P.S. But that tote is so darn cute...and it looks like it would really work...I could probably learn just to use the tote? (hear head banging increase)...

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  9. Aren't Jane's books lovely? I have her first one. So charming and inspiring.

    Love your knitting caddies and those needle rolls! How fun to have a knitting partner to get together. I have been knitting again lately too - just finished a hat and a pair of fingerless gloves. Fun!

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  10. I am so glad I cannot sew or crochet or we wouldn't be able to move in this house!!

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  11. Oh my goodness! I am the luckiest friend in the world!! Can you believe how beautiful this set is? Jim and I have been sitting here oohing and awing!
    Thank you so much,my bff! And for all of Cindy's blog followers, she is just as wonderful in person!

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  12. Well my friend, when you are a crafter, it is just in your blood. My husband doesn't even bat an eye anymore! I quilt, sew, knit, and crochet. I am the newest to knitting though, and rediscovered crochet only a couple years ago, since it is so portable. Having my grandson full time since birth, has put a bit of a damper on my sewing time. But the handwork is easily transported from room to room, or outside and to the park. It just fits. I LOVE knitting. SO relaxing. I have only made dishcloths and slippers, but I am venturing out to socks this year!!!! LOVE the caddy, and needle roll. MUST. MAKE!!! Enjoy! Oh..where did you find that lovely book?

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  13. I recently picked up my crochet hook again and found some yummy cotton yarn to make some very small pieces. It's not like I had a tub full of yarn from previous projects! Oh, well. But don't worry, my sewing machines do not languish.

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  14. LOL! My stash grows even when I don't have time to knit....

    Love your accessories, too. I made myself a needle roll two years ago with lots of room to grow but between my project needs and my aunt giving me all of hers, it's busting at the seams!

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  15. I love it that you are embarking with a friend and that you have matching caddies!!!

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  16. Your caddies and rolls are lovely. Happy knitting!

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  17. You are so funny! I've been known to crochet dish cloths in the winter time (never summer for some reason), but I never have a cool bag like that. Love it. You probably know a cute little baby boy that could use a knitted blankey or two!!

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  18. LOL! Well, it would be a shame to let such beautiful supplies and a great book go unused ;)

    Seems like all the yarn crafts are making a big comeback as of late across crafty blogland so you're in good company. :)

    (and for those who want to learn to crochet...Craftyminx has crochet school going on right now. There's a button on the sidebar of my blog. I'll be an enabler ;) lol

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  19. I totally agree with what Jen said. However, a quick google search and I figured out how to pick up a slipped stitch.

    Love the caddy and needle holder!

    I love the yarning of crochet and knit. It is my main project medium of choice! Cannot wait to see what you create!

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  20. Oh, and it really is only a couple balls of yarn . . .

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  21. Having a caddy like that would definitely put me in the mood to learn to knit! Lucky friend!

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  22. I too knitted once long ago before quilting claimed my time and resources. Sometimes I feel it. . .my knitting basket and needles crying out to me from the dark spot in the extra bedroom closet where they have been banished. I resist them, but yes, I do feel the pull.

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  23. Those are such lovely knitting caddies and needle rolls - perfect for the start of a new knitting adventure. Have fun!

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  24. I love knitting, but I had put it away for a while. I picked it up a year or two ago again and took up sock knitting. Now, I'm back to knitting vests and add in scarves (which I never did in my early days....I jumped right to sweaters), mittens. Currently making a baby sweater. Right....it's just a couple balls of yarn. I'm getting a bad yarn stash now.

    And, you can make me a caddy and needle roll, too, by the way! LOL.

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