I took up knitting when I lived in New Hampshire. When “winter is coming” it’s time to stock up on yarn and plan projects to keep us busy for the cold, dark season.
The New England area is known for crafters and self-sufficient types. Often it takes money to live that way. The ones with money raised their own sheep on big farms and sold roving and yarn. I attended local craft fairs, took the Wool Arts Tour, and visited interesting yarn shops where local goods were sold.
Because I hadn’t tried knitting since I was a kid, a neighbor talked me into taking knitting lessons with her. We went to an old farm house which was owned by an older woman named Ann. Her yarn shop was set up in two rooms of her house. One held lots of stacked extra yarn and the other was decorated for the consumer, with a cash register and hand-knit garments, intended to give us ideas.
Ann was like the grandmother I needed at the time. Someone who had been knitting all her life and now would pass along that knowledge.
Thanks to Ann, I learned about local wool and discover what “roving” was. I made a couple of hats, but never got into making socks. Lots of people make socks, but they still seem too difficult for me. Knitting became a favorite hobby and I learned a lot by trial and error.
In New Hampshire hats, scarves and mittens are needed for many months of the year. I made tons of scarves, because they were the easiest. My attempt at mittens failed, but a couple of my hats came out pretty good. I even made one for my daughter in the colors and style she liked.
Now I live in Florida where no one ever wears wool scarves and mittens. Seldom do you see anyone with gloves on, except on the really cold mornings. Because it tends to be so hot here, the thought of having a bunch of wool in my lap, while knitting anything, isn’t ideal.
However, I do enjoy knitting, so I’ve been making cotton items, such as dishcloths and dish towels. These work well as trial pattern pieces and when I make mistakes, it doesn’t matter. These types of items are good for beginners to practice new stitches.
Where I live now, there isn’t a nice yarn store in sight, so I order my yarn online. Buying good yarn is the way to go. None of that cheap Walmart yarn for me. I love the beautiful colors and quality of hand-dyed and home spun yarn.
I am a yarn snob.
Because it’s difficult to keep all my favorite yarns and patterns and learning tutorials together, I decided to create this section of my blog just for that. I can add photos of each type of stitch to easily find it. These pages are mainly for myself, but if my readers happen to knit, they may appreciate the info as well.