Taken over by the knitting bug

Categories: About Me,Crafty Stuff
April 30, 2010
Pretty yarn and a garter stitch

My first project. Taken with: Nikon Coolpix s710

On Monday I had the urge to knit.  I was on my way home from work and walking through the Yonge-Eglington Centre Mall, and for some inconceivable reason I felt a strong pull to the nearby Mary Maxim yarn shop.  Why this happened is a mystery, because the last time I picked up knitting needles was when I was fourteen and my mom tried to teach how to knit a pot-holder.  I was young and knitting was for old people, and anyway I was way to cool for that.  The potholder never got finished.

Anyway, I ended up at the Mary Maxim and bought myself this lovely ball of pink yarn (acrylic of course, I’m a beginner) and a pair of 6mm needles.  I have been knitting every day since.  I knit while watching TV, on the subway, on the comuter train among business people and their laptops, and at the park.  I don’t know what’ s come over me…I’m channelling my Grandma Stewart..or Martha Stewart…or my MIL Karen.

Ok, I’m not being totally truthful here.  I do know why I started to knit.  A couple of weekends ago we visited Scott’s parents and I happened to pick up At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Toronto knitting celebrity Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of the yarn harlot.  I was charmed by her words, and by the prospect of getting zen while doing something productive like making scarves for myself and my loved ones (I’ll graduate to sweaters eventually…after I master the stockinette stitch maybe.)   I was charmed right into my nearest yarn store.

My first project is a scarf from Vogue Knitting on the Go! Beginner Basics, a book someone gave me years ago that I never once opened.  The scarf is just row upon row of garter stitch, basically just practice for getting an even gauge.  And now I’m getting ahead of myself with visions of beautifully knit cardigans, hats, socks, gloves, everything!

I am officially on the bandwagon.

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  1. Ohhh I have always wanted to learn to knit. My mom tried to teach me but for some reason I never got it. Maybe you could teach me one day :) YAY

    Comment by Christine — May 3, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  2. Thanks! Although, it will be a while before I’ll be able to teach anyone…I am clearly not a natural at this 😉

    Comment by Tori — May 7, 2010 @ 9:09 am

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