Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Persistence

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Yesterday I met with my buddies, The Knitsters for the 1st time in a long time. It was wonderful to step  out of the Bat Cave and into the light for a few hours and it was also great to pick up the knitting needles again after being away from them for so long.

In anticipation I bought some new heather gray yarn in order to start on shawl that I had been admiring my friend knitting with a beautiful open weave stitch that was a step up from my usual knit/purl action.

I cast on the 97 stitches and got to the point where I needed some help so I got my friend to show me the steps in the stitch that I didn’t know. Here’s how it went: K1*yfwd, k3tog,yrn,P1,rep from*

No you’d think I’d be able to count, pay attention, and get that pattern but, um, no. My 1st try and I ended up off by 20 stitches. My 2nd try and I ended up off by 3, my 3rd try and I was off by 1. Yes people it took me 4 tries and this was no small scarf, I was casting on 97 stitches with each go, but after 4 times I finally got the row right and was so pleased with myself.

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I think this says something to my never give it spirit (or just shows I’m loopy). Now I have to turn this attitude back toward my writing but remember to move away from the keyboard at times and bring it back to the needles.

Have a great weekend and I hope you try something new or an old fave this weekend.

 

All the best,

Kwana

 

Starting Spring…

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Don’t you love it when you get a book recommendation and it lives up to what was recommended. Books are so personal that I not surprised when at times they just don’t. I mean every book is not for everybody. But that said, I was so happy when I won this copy of Starting Now by the wonderful Debbie Macomber thanks to the fab Sue Grimshaw. Sue had tweeted that she really enjoyed it and I’ve seen it on some top lists with A Grades. It took me a while to pick it up as I’ve been so busy with my own work, but I finally did and it turned out to a truly sweet and heartwarming story that had two of my favorite things, romance and knitting. What’s not to like?

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So this week, I’m recommending Starting Now. A lovely way to start your spring reading. Do you have any books you’d like to recommend? If so please do in the comments.

knitting katherine

 

All the best,

KMJ

 

Image from Pinterest

Clicking with Friends

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Today I’m off to knit with some friends for the last time before Christmas. Sadly, all my lofty plans of holiday knitting did not come to fruition but it was sure fun trying each week while hanging with my good friends. Isn’t always more fun when you get to do things with people you enjoy? Have a happy day and take a little time to reach out, maybe to that friend you haven’t spoken to in a bit. It may make both your day.

All the best,

KMJ

 

Image fm here

Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

So it’s hot as all get out but I’m suddenly in a Christmas mood and ready to get my knit on and get started with a little holiday knitting. Don’t want to be caught behind the old 8 ball this year. I also don’t feel like starting on any involved complicated sweater pattern that I’ll just give up on half way. So I think it’s fun hats and scarves for me. Won’t the family be so happy? Not? Maybe? I hope so.

Oh well.  How about you? Are you doing any holiday DIY projects?

Also anyone know of any good quick knit books? I’d love some suggestions.

Twas the Knits Before Christmas

 

Best,

Kwana

 

 

Transition Knitting

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I’m in transition. That time between cool and warm and looking for a new knitting project to take me into the warmer months. So far I’m stumped. I’m sure Audrey would know what to do.

Do you have any suggestions? Good summer knitting books?

 

Best,

Kwana

 

Image from here

A Little Cozy Knitting

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

So I’ll be doing a little knitting today. No, nothing a elaborate as this bike cover I spotted in front of a shop in Soho this weekend. Like Wow!

 I’ll be going a little easier on myself with a little cowl. Will let you know how it goes. Are you working on any special projects?

Have a great day!

 

Best,

Kwana

Final Knit Countdown

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Yikes! Knitting today. That’s not the Yikes part of this post. The Yikes of it is the state of my DS’s hat. It’s a far cry from being done in time for Christmas. But with so much to get ready for the holiday where does one fine the time to sit and knit. Oh longing for the simpler times.

I hope you get a simple moment today.

Best,
Kwana

Raiders of the Lost Arts

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Like my play on words there? Ok so it may not be the best but I thought it was cute. Know what I like even more. My finished needlepoint. It’s all done and hung and looking pretty in my bedroom. I’m giving myself a little pat in the back for this one. And so happy that the DS gave me a pat too saying mom it looks so cool and vintage. You could teach a class at my school. Maybe get a cut in my tuition. Hmm something to think about. Of course I’d have to move and get an apartment…. Hmmm…. something else to think about. LOL!

A big thank you to my friend Laura for her wonderful needlepoint lesson. I’m afraid I’m hooked.

 

Now back to my knitting I have a holiday hat to finish for the son which at this point may turn into a New Year’s hat.

Tell me are you a Raider of The Lost Arts?

 

Best,

Kwana

 

Knitting Spirit

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I love these knitted ornaments found here. They really show the spirit of the holidays. Wish I had found them earlier. Oh well maybe a project for next year. I think they would make great gifts for someone very special.

 

Best,

Kwana

Knitting up some trouble

Friday, October 14th, 2011

So me and my knitting group are meeting at my place today. Hope we don’t scare up too much trouble.

 

 

Tell me do you have a group that you like to meet with regularly to get into some mischief?

Happy Friday!

 

Best,

Kwana

 

image from here. Aren’t they so cute?