Hane Scarf

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What’s better than a gorgeous lace pattern? One that doesn’t require any complicated techniques like p3tbl. The Japanese Feather stitch pattern used makes for a very pretty end result with a pattern that is easy to memorize, and is easy to work. Though this scarf has a right and a wrong side, the back is pretty and interesting enough that it can be considered reversible – so no ugly back side to constantly flip your scarf to hide! This scarf or stole is easily modified to knit in the length and width you desire. Continue reading

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A Place For Everything

Usually, when it comes to my knitting stuff, I have it somewhat all together, especially needles, I hate when I can’t find one size 7 tip, or any size 6’s, or whatever it is I might need. Lately, though, it got quite out of hand.

I don’t know what it is, but it only takes a small mound of things to accumulate, and suddenly I’m saying to myself, “I’ll get to it”.  Then that small mound isn’t so small anymore. Continue reading

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I Invented the Three Needle Bind-Off

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To go straight to the 3 needle bind-off video tutorial click here.

Well, I thought I did. Continue reading

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Knit And Crochet Go Together Like PB&J – Giveaway

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This post describes how to make these lovely flower hairpins, to skip straight to the video tutorial click here.

Now that you are here for the knitting, let me tell you a bit about why I think learning a wee bit of crochet is a good idea. Continue reading

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Why I Knit, and You?

For the longest while my Ravelry bio said I started knitting when I was expecting our first baby Katie. Though, when I think about this – it’s wrong.  I did a cross stitch while pregnant with her. You know the type where you put the date and time baby was born?  In the end, I learned that I hate cross stitch. I already knew that, this was me giving it a second chance.  My sister finished it.

Kate died at term, and she never did take a breath in this world, but her beauty took mine away.

It was while pregnant the next time I took up knitting.  I remember now because it influenced my yarn choice.  It was variegated pastel rainbow coloured, for our rainbow baby. (The babe who comes after the rain of tears, the rainbow all parents who have lost a baby hope for.)

Wow, did I stink at knitting! I could work a knit or purl stitch alright, but I hadn’t figured out tension for the life of me.  I was slow, oh so painfully slow! Also, my stiches were so incredibly tight I actually had to wiggle the needle to get it into the stitch. I would knit along for several rows and then notice a mistake, since I had no idea how to drop a stitch to fix a mistake I would rip back.  It went something like this: Knit 5 rows rip back 3, knit 5 rows rip back 2. I wish I was kidding. Adding to my tension problem, I had no idea how to put a stitch back on the needle the right way.  I decided the wrong way was the right way, and every time I ripped back the row I put the needle back into would have every single stitch twisted. Since I was self taught,and didn’t know another knitter I had no one to ask.

I eventually gave up on that blanket.  I think it was about the time we figured out we were having twins. Though, I did work on it in hopes I could make 2, until I was about 6 months along, and decided I was crazy, it would never happen. I stopped knitting.That blanket is still unfinished.

After a few years without knitting a single other stitch, I took up crochet. Then I started a stitching night at my house. I was new to Chicago and it was a great way for me to get to know some of the other moms from my MOPS group.  We made baby hats for premature and stillborn babes. I could crochet one up fairly quick, but I wanted a knit version to show to the knitters of the group, so they could see what to make.  This time it was easier, I loved knitting. The fact that the project knit up so quickly, and was something some mom was going to treasure, really helped.  After that I started to read knitting books. I was a huge Zimmerman fan for a long while.  She taught me how to knit properly.

I started to make more than just hats, and eventually started making things for myself and my family. Eventually moving on to things I once thought I’d never be able to do – lace, colour work, intarsia, writing my own patterns!

So why do I knit? You know why I started now.  I knit because I love it. It has taken over all my other hobbies.  I still on occasion crochet, but everything else is gone.  I have a big family of young kids (4 -6 and under). What I love about knitting, is I can pick it up for 5 minutes, it requires no large amounts of time set aside for it. It is therapy, there is nothing to do while knitting except counting and thinking.  I’ve worked out so much while knitting.  When I knit something for someone it is full of love, and good thoughts for that person.  Knitting is a form of wearable love. I knit because it’s become a part of who I am -even to other people these days.  My friends often send me knitting links to cool things they stumble on, usually with a note saying “I thought of you when I saw this”.

I knit because I’m good at it. I knit because it is something I am proud of.  Perhaps this is the biggest reason for me. We all search for that thing were good at, the thing we love, be it drawing, writing, papercrafting, gardening, whatever. Something that makes us feel great when we do it. It gives back as much as we put into it, it doesn’t feel like work. For me knitting is like putting the world on pause, I’m doing something just for me (the knitting, the project may be for someone else of course). I imagine something, I set to work on it, and suddenly the thing I imagined is in my hands. That is amazing. Knitting is creating something deeply personal and unique, even if I use a pattern, I chose the colour and the yarn, it’s never likely I’ll have the exact same item as anyone else. I love that.

How about you? How did you start? Why do you knit?

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Beginnings

Beginnings Scarf

By Erron Anderson

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This scarf was designed (as much as any one person can design a garter stitch scarf) to be a first knitting project. It requires just one stitch – knit. In fact you can find step-by-step photographic instructions in this post: Beginnings Scarf – Step-by-Step Tutorial, if you you don’t know how to knit, or if you need a refresher. It need not be just for beginners though.  More advanced knitters will be able to knit this up in a evening or two.  Beautiful buttons can make this ultra-simple scarf something extraordinary. Wear it under a blouse, or shirt, as a collar to add extra warmth, or wear it several different ways as a traditional scarf under your winter coat.

Difficulty Rating: Super Simple Continue reading

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Beginnings Scarf – Step-by-Step Tutorial.

Beginnings Scarf – Step-by-Step Tutorial

By Erron Anderson

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What do you do if you want to learn to knit, but you have no one to teach you?  You learn! The more knitters I meet, the more I’m surprised at how many are self-taught.   I taught myself to knit from a Leisure Arts booklet and I would have loved to have more detail in in the illustrations.

I have for you a simple and stylish pattern to make a garter stitch scarf. With step-by-step photos to help teach you how to knit it as you go!  From cast on to cast off.  If you already know how to knit the pattern is Beginnings without the lengthy tutorial. Continue reading

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A Prairie Romance

In my About Me I talk about my love for the prairies. Yesterday, after taking some photos for the next KnitLove project, while looking at the proofs there were some great shots that really seemed to express my prairie love – that is easier to show than explain.

Canada’s prairies include Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but when you’re talking about the quintessential prairie in Canada it’s – Saskatchewan. After all, Alberta has the Rockies, and Manitoba has all those lakes.

Saskatchewan is often teased as being Canada’s most boring province.  Too flat, too many fields, too much of the exact same thing, but I see those as some of it’s strengths.  Rolling fields, as far as the eye can see, of many colors, gold, lavender, green, yellow and grey.  Wild flowers growing in ditches in the spring and summer, in the autumn fields ripple in the wind like waves on lakes, and that vast flatness?… Well it makes for the biggest most beautiful skies you have ever seen.  In fact, we are called the Land of Living Skies. Continue reading

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Product Review: Pom-Pom Monster Salon

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I bought this little book for our 4 year old for Christmas.  I had no intention of featuring it on KnitLove, but this book is so dang cute. I just had to.

I chose this book because my kids are monster crazy lately thanks to MoshiMonsters.com.  I figured they could make cute little characters to play with, and even though it came with yarn, I knew we could make zillions of little monsters with all the ball remnants around our house.

If you are a knitter, particularly one with kids, with small remnant balls this book is a great way to use them up. Continue reading

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WIP Wednesday 21/12/2011

How is it that December always goes by like this and every year we are surprised?  According to the calendar my 6 year olds have been checking off tomorrow is Christmas Eve Eve!

Last week we took a 5 hour drive to spend Christmas with friends. It was an amazing time! Since Seth was going to be there that stripey sweater needed to be finished!  The last bits of weaving in and seaming were done en route.  It turned out adorable on him.

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