Knit One, Purl One


I have started knitting again, it was a favourite pastime of mine some years ago, but the needles have been ‘resting’ in a wardrobe for some time, but with all the gorgeous wools coming into the shops now, I thought I would start doing a few simple things again.  I like to knit while aimlessly watching something not-too-riveting on TV, or just catching up with some posts on my reader.

I made some ear/head warmers for my grandchildren, very simple straight knitting, they could have been hats if I kept going and did a bit of decreasing, but they look great as they are, and will be much appreciated in the Norwegian winter.

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I also made something similar for my 13 month old grandson, but he wouldn’t keep it on his head long enough to take a photo, so it may be some time before he wears it.

About a month ago, I found a lovely wool shop in Kinsale, and saw, and instantly fell in love with this gorgeous red wool, it’s called Can Can Disco, doesn’t the colour remind you of Christmas time?   I had never seen this type of lacy knitting before, it’s called ribbon yarn, the lady in the shop kindly gave me a demonstration on how to knit with it, and it is very simple, only takes 7 stitches, and one ball of wool.   I  have passed it on to my daughter to brighten up her winter wardrobe!  Maybe I will make another one for myself, as this one only took a few hours.

Christmas Red

Christmas Red

My next project is some wrist warmers, I found lots of lovely patterns on Ravelry.com, and chose the Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers pattern, for a quick and easy knit. I am somewhat impatient, so love all these patterns that grow so quickly,and are finished in no time!

This is the way to do it!

She is learning fast.

I am trying to pass on my little bit of knitting knowledge, so I am showing my 7 year old granddaughter the basics of knitting, now that I am back home, I hope that she will keep practising, and we will have another ‘scarf knitter’ before too long!

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen McGrath
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 11:33:37

    I loved this return to long ago simple pleasures. Great to pass on to the next generation too. I dream of returning to some simple sewing when I retire someday. Good job Joan.

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  2. janeykate
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 12:58:47

    it’s brilliant that you are teaching your granddaughter to knit Joan. My mum taught me when I was little, we used to spend many happy hours together on the sofa, needles clicking! It’s how these skills are passed on, and knitting is having a bit of a revival at the moment. It’s so lovely to receive a gift that someone has taken the time and effort to make.
    Jane x

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  3. mrsgillies
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 11:54:32

    My Mum has got into knitting with the ribbon yarn. She is making many scarves and she doesn’t even wear scarves! She just loves to knit with that particular yarn.

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  4. wildsherkin
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 14:40:33

    Such a gorgeous image of you and your granddaughter – I am sure that happy, peaceful moment will always stay with her. Your red scarf is just gorgeous. I’ve just completed a similar project but was driven to distraction by the yarn twisting…just wondered if that happened to you too? Patsy

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  5. jotsfromasmallapt
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 13:30:40

    My daughter and I laugh over my attempts at knitting…seems I don’t sit down long enough to finish a project. However, recently paid a wadge of money for some lovely dark teal wool for a jumper. Too much invested to let it sit…so it may actually get finished!

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