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I tried to sign up at Knitty as, of course, knittyme, but it wouldn’t allow that name so I’m wondering if calling myself Knitty Me in the world of knitting blogs is a mistake. I suppose I could come up with something different, and I wouldn’t want to be stepping on anyone’s toes. Plus, I’m unhappy that I can’t run Google Ad Sense on WordPress and being that I’m on a Mac, I am unable to upload a custom header.  Annoying! What to do, what to do. Seeing as I have possibly three readers, I could wait on this but I’d like to get settled where I’m going to stay, know what I mean?

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.

The Last Knit

Brilliant knitting fun

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.

Hello knitters!

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