Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What to knit . . .

My first night with the knitting group was a lot of fun. I had nothing really to knit so I just practiced knitting stitches for fun.

Yes, it was kind of a waste of time you might say but I got to see what others were working on in hopes of being inspired. Even though other group members were working on really interesting projects, it still didn't inspire me to go off and knit anything exciting.

A year or so prior, thanks to my daughter (who is a VERY prolific and talented knitter herself), I came across this pattern: It is called a Hallowig designed by Megan Reardon.

I decided to go through my yarn stash, which is mostly antique acrylic or blends and make a wig.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

How it all started . . .

I joined a knitting group. It reminds me of the sewing circle we had on my street growing up. I don't recall how often the women got together but the ladies of the street would gather at someone's house, bring their knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, whatever, a snack to share and basically stitch and bitch. It was a way to catch up on all the neighborhood gossip and see what sorts of projects other women were working on. It seemed like a lot of fun.

As a kid, I remember viewing most of this from the stairs - eavesdropping on adult conversations when it was held at our house. As I got older, I was allowed to sit in on the sessions until my bedtime but I still liked to sit on the stairs and listen in.

So, when I heard about this knitting group, reminiscent of the female friendships my mother enjoyed, I decided to give it a try.

I had no projects really in mind. I took some knitting needles and some yarn and away I went.