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Picture this: I’m sitting on the couch happily knitting the baby blanket. My 3 1/2 year old niece is sitting on the other end of the couch watching (Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?) Spongebob Squarepants. I turn my head to see what she is doing and see my ball of yarn sitting there between us, patiently waiting to be made a part of this beautiful blanket, and next to it I see this:

imknitting

…my niece holding this tangled web of yarn. “Uh…what are you doing?” I ask calmly. “I’m knitting” she replies simply. Oh.

Meanwhile…

The Sublime scarf is finished! “Mary has a finished object?” the crowd asks.

Why yes, yes I do!

sublimescarf

Megan taught me to bind off, Alyssa showed me how to make the fringe, and presto! It’s a beautiful, luxurious, heavely scarf. LOVE it.

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The luxurious Sublime scarf is nearly finished:
sosublime

And the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino Feather and Fan baby blanket

is coming along well:

Baby Blanket

About half way up the blanket you can see I start making fewer mistakes…

but that’s what learning is about, right? It’s my first pattern and I love the

old-fashioned look of it. At first I was hesitant to do something so traditional

but I think it fits here. Plus, they don’t know the sex of the baby yet. So that’s

old fashioned too!

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I’m in love with this sweater from Kim Hargreaves:

KHsweater

And it comes in a kit! Plus, the dog is so cute.
I want to live in this picture.
I want to be as thin as the model in this picture. ;o)

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Love the knitting t-shirts over at Knitiot, especially this one:
yarnshirt1.jpg

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OK I got the Sublime scarf back on the needles, finally:

back on the needles again

and feel much more confident in fixing my mistakes, but only in Seed stitch.

You may have noticed I changed the theme of my blog. I just couldn’t get my pics to look right on the other one. Now I feel like I can s t r e t c h o u t.

A few days ago I got so tired of doing Seed stitch that I decided to start my next project early:

por le bebe
Yarn: Debbie Bliss ‘baby cashmerino’.

It’s a baby blanket for my cousin who is expecting her first baby in July. So exciting! It’s in the ‘Feather and Fan Pattern’ and is the first time I’m following a pattern (sorry to be repetitive but…yanno…it’s a blog). I’ve made mistakes but I’m trying not to sweat it. Mistakes make it handmade, yes?

It’s amazing how my confidence in my knitting has grown this week. Things I’ve learned are starting to gel and I’m able to fix some of my own mistakes, which just makes me feel so great. Knitters are the nicest people in the world, I’m convinced of it. Thank you to all who have welcomed me to your blogs and who have commented on mine.

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So I was zipping along on my fabulous Sublime scarf when it finally came time to start a new ball of yarn. Simple, yes? NO! I’m new to this, you see…and suddenly I found I didn’t have any coordination in my hands. Is there a trick to starting a new ball of the same color in Seed stitch? I knitted about three rows and found I could tell where the new yarn had been added so I tried to unstitch the way Megan at Stitch Cafe had shown me…”…hold the yarn tight in the back and put the right needle tip through the square window just beneath the stitch you want to take out…” (that’s not a direct quote, of course, but I think quoting a knitting expert adds a certain something special). I tried doing as she had instructed but sometimes the little window below the offending stitch wasn’t always so obvious so I (you did not!) took the scarf off the needles and (gasp) ripped out the three rows myself. Great idea, I thought.

Until I realized my stitches were disappearing each time I put the previous stitch back on the needle. So I’m not kidding: I’m not knitting. What good is it to have a new addiction if you can’t even practice it? Sniff sniff.

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Welcome to Knitty Me’s first post! I really owe my love of knitting to my friend Andrea who encouraged me to learn after I admired a shawl/poncho she was working on…and then wore a couple days later. This knitting thing is a miracle, I thought.

Andrea recommended Stitch Cafe in Studio City as a place to get some pretty yarn. First I walked into the the tailor shop next door and said to the nice man from the old country, “Hi…I’m looking for…yarn?” (he silently pointed to the yarn in the next shop). After finding the correct door (you know…the one with the Stitch Cafe sign next to it…), I was greeted by Stitch Cafe co-owner Lisi who must have recogized the lost look on my face and said, “Hi! Want to learn how to knit?!”, I picked out two colors of a super-soft baby Alpaca yarn. And so began my love of knitting. Here’s my first project, a scarf:

First Project

I have since lost the two darning needles required for making those hanging pieces of yarn disappear…must remember to buy more.

And here is what I am currently working on:

scarf no 2

It is a less expensive and smaller (and less expensive) version of Sublime’s ‘wrap’:

sublime wrap

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