Saturday, July 31, 2004

Other Crafts I Have Done This Year

Maeg's Quilt

I made this quilt for my best friend's daughter, Maegan. It's a "raggy" quilt (note the ruffled edges) and I just fell in love with the sample in the quilt shop at Easter.

These quilts go together so easily and quickly that I call them my "12 hours quilts" because from first cut to final wash, they take 12 hours or less. I wound up making 3 of them between Easter and the end of June - one for Maeg, one for Lillian and one for Darby. They also get lots of "oohs" and "aahs" from crafters and non-crafters alike. I don't think I'll ever make another kind of quilt again!

Learning to bead!

Living in the Arctic last winter, I was taught traditional beading by the Dene women of the community. Many thanks to my wonderful teachers of Deline, NWT.

I made this wallet for my Aunty Shelly.

In addition to these new things I've tried, I've also done a lot (lot, lot, lot) of knitting this year. I've been going around trying to get some photos of the things I've finished and given away already. I'll post more of them once I get them collected.

Until then, take good care, M

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The First Ones

Baby Set

These are the first items I knitted last summer for my brother and sister-in-law's baby. Unfortunately, they'll never be worn by my nephew but I'm hoping to pass them onto another baby.

Baby booties, too!

I really liked making these booties but I also made some for a boy!

These are the things that inspired me to take my knitting to new lengths! (Pardon the pun.) Now that I've got the bug, I've started the Master Knitter's program and I'm going to Ireland next week to study Aran knitting with a woman on the Aran Islands. How exciting!

In the meantime, I'm still waiting for my belongings to arrive from the Arctic. The bulk of my knitting supplies are in there, along with so much more, at least that's the excuse I use when I'm out shopping for more yarn, patterns, etc!

Take good care, M

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Sara's Shawl

Saracat on her knitting shawl!

Sara loves that shawl! This is before it's even finished!

This is my cat, Sarafina Nel, aka Saracat, Sarabear, Sarasoda, Sassycat, my girl, Bossy cat, Queen of her own planet.

Sara doesn't usually interfere with my knitting, although she has been known to steal a ball of yarn for playing now and then. However, she loved this project. It's really just an extra long shawl that I made while living in the Arctic last winter. She loved it and as soon as I put it down, she was asleep on it. Once it was long enough, she would sleep on it while I was knitting it. So now we call it Sara's shawl.

I made this piece out of my scrap yarn. I had taught a group of kids at school how to knit and was trying to show them all the different things they could make. This project was really just to keep me warm while I was sitting on the couch knitting but it turned into an epic that was talked about all over town.

It was just one of those things that grew into legend and will now have to live in our family forever after. At the moment, it is still in transit (after a month) and I'm sorry I packed it because Sara would have probably appreciated it while we were getting settled into our new house. Next time, I'll know better!

Take good care, M

Monday, July 26, 2004

In the beginning . . .

I was just trying to get better at knitting. I've been knitting since the age of 6 but never really tried anything more challenging than a stockingnette stitch sweater.

About a year ago this all changed. My brother and sister-in-law announced the pending birth of their first child and I decided that I wanted to make a baby sweater and blanket. What a wonderful surprise! These were the most gratifying items I'd ever made. They went together so easily and they are so adorably cute. They also elicit many "oohs" and "aahs" from all and sundry, myself included.

Since then, I've discovered many knitting-related things for the first time: knitting magazines, knitting patterns online, new yarns, knitting guilds, knitting groups, knitting programs, knitting blogs, etc, etc. I am amazed by the resources out there.

Now I am hooked on knitting more than I have ever been hooked on it before. I have tried so many crafts over the years and I have enjoyed almost every single one of them immensely. But I have come back to my first love, knitting, and have renewed my enthusiasm for it with sparks flying.

So it looks I'm joining the online community by adding in my two cents worth of commentary. In the meantime, I still have to figure out all this blogging stuff and I'm sure to stumble along the way. Whatever it turns out to be, good, bad, useless or profound, I hope it contributes in some way, if only to my own understanding of knitting and the internet.

Take good care, M