Monday, January 30, 2012

Learning New Tricks!

Life-long learning is a good thing, right?  Of course, right!  So, I am learning how to knit...and I found out there is a yarn store in Morgantown!  Uh, oh! 
My first project is going to be a pointy toboggan kind of hat...no, not for some cute, sweet baby...for me!

My teacher is Monica.  She is knowledgable, patient and talented.  She is the mother of one of my all time favorite students...Cozette, whom I call Cozetticus!

I picked the pattern and gathered my supplies...oh, yeah, had to join ravelry, too.

I didn't know about the yarn store when I bought these supplies so I had to go  to Michael's.  No one there was very helpful, so I lurked about in the yarn aisle until an unsuspecting knitter showed up...she was very helpful!
Better color...

Look at those little fingers and needles do their thing...their knitting thing!


And 3 hours later....ta da!  Ok, so we visited a little bit,
and I got to tuck Cozetticus in for the night....

Here are two of Monica's projects.  Not very good photos, but excellent knitting!
Arrrgg.  Sideways and I don't know how to fix it on the new computer.
Can you see it is a lovely cardigan almost completed?

And this scarf that looks woven?  Amazing.

This was my homework patch.  I just tried different combinations of knit and purl.  And then for my second lesson -


- knitting in a circle!  Oh, yeah!  Look out hat, here you come...

It's interesting how, now, every single sweater, or any knitted item, I see, I look very closely to see what I can see....and then my pesky brain wants me to try and figure out how to do it with my own little hands.

Need new yarn already....but, of course!  Only borrowing needles for now.

Yes.  I am a fan of life-long learning!  You?


14 comments:

K said...

I wanna learn things, which is why I'm spending hours on Lynda.com - another Adobe program to de-cypher - oy. And I still want to learn to carve and to sew stuffed animals and make speak some more French. But mostly, I want to sleep. Your knitting looks good, kiddo - and it gets faster and more interesting. Some day you, too, will be making minuscule sheep. But don't cross your fingers - too hard to knit that way.

Rachel said...

A big fan! Learning to knit saved my sanity. I learned to knit after I got home from the hospital a few years ago and spent days...... weeks...... months...... in bed and on the couch. I'm not one who can just sit there but I was too weak to do anything else so knitting for me was very helpful. I am very big on life long learning. Right now I am working on my penmanship. I've always hated my handwriting so I am doing penmanship exercises from a little kids book I got off of Amazon. Learning is good.

Donna said...

I wish the things I wanted to learn right now didn't require supplies and places to store them. What do you want to carve? Sewing puffy woolies is still on my list, too. Every once in awhile I want to improve my spanish, but then I want to go somewhere to practice....
Looking forward to knitting lambie pies....
And doesn't your Adobe time count as work related?
So much to learn.

Donna said...

That you is so cool that you are working on your penmanship....never too late to fix what you want to change, huh?
I can see where knitting might become something to let me be busy and peaceful, but now it is still a full brain activity! I mean sometimes I forget what I am doing mid stitch...but maybe that's just me!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are doing great, Donna!! As you can tell, I am a fan of lifelong learning, too!! Always have been... don't see any reason to stop. You are going to have that hat whipped out in no time!! Fun! Fun!! blessings ~ Tanna

Donna said...

Already need more yarn....off I go.

W-S Wanderings said...

YAY! And look at you, knitting in the round already! That's the way to do it, to keep pushing yourself in manageable increments. I got stuck in the beginner square and rectangle stage for WAY too long, which was totally needless. And yes, I remember forgetting what I was doing mid-stitch.

Yay, Donna!

Donna said...

I'm good at pushing...we'll see if I can keep it manageable!

no spring chicken said...

Bring it on! The only problem is that I don't know how to turn my brain off. Last night my husband came in to the bedroom thinking that I was asleep. He found me reading. On closer inspection he said, "are you going to make a doll?" "Hmmm... I don't know." It was just a little vintage book I had laying around that showed how to make beautiful dolls from many different kinds of materials. I hadn't been thinking dolls when I headed up to bed, but now I was dreaming dolls!

Your knitting already looks beautiful, and your stitches so even.. I know you are going to soar! And it looks like you chose yourself a wonderful teacher.

Blessings, Debbie

Melissa Plank said...

Yea, Donna, you're knitting! (Maybe by the time you are in your new home, you will be thinking about learning to make your own yarn!)
God Bless

Melissa Plank said...

PS I'm Twirlycurlybird on ravelry too, come add me to your friends!

Donna said...

Thanks, Melissa. I'm almost done with my first project... pointy hat! I will go and add you on ravelry!

K said...

See? You're just as bad as I am. Helpless, aren't we, to stop and write. But know this, my darling - I always think of you, even when silent.

Donna said...

Thanks, my dear friend! You are never far from my thoughts either, but now you went and 'done did' a post so I guess I should go forth and do likewise!