Saturday, January 16, 2010

The beginning...

(2) Stitches. That's the response I always give when someone says, "Knitting? I could never do that.", "I can't make THAT. It's too complicated." "I've never tried (insert knitting technique of your choice here). I can only make simple scarves." (2) Stitches. That's all that is between you and this, this, this or even this.

It has always amazed me that, with a bit of yarn and some needles, you can make, with just (2) Stitches, something fabulous. It's like
magic, really. I am constantly inspired by all of designs that are available for modern knitters. It's so empowering to know that, no matter what the technique, I know the basics that can get me there. It just takes a little bravery, a sense of adventure and a willingness
to learn from your mistakes.

I am in no way an expert knitter. I have a lot to learn, that is for sure. I just don't want to be afraid to learn something new. I don't want to see something I love and be stopped in my tracks, thinking that there is no way I can knit it. So, that is what this blog is going to be. Me, knitting, trying new things. Successes and failures. Learning from my mistakes.

So, is this one going to be a success or failure? When I see a pattern I like, I really try to determine whether or not the style would work well for me. I think this pattern is one that would look good on just about anyone. Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre is perfect. I love cardigans and this one, with it's subtle styling is exactly what I like to wear. Add to that some fabulous yarn and it's almost a no-fail project.

I am using Madelinetosh Merino in the stunning Tannehill colorway. Tannehill is so complex. Dark greens, purples, browns, reds and a bit of blue. Lovely. I found out that Madelinetosh only makes this color in this specific base. Maybe that is why it is so hard to find. I had to buy
some from a Ravelry member and the rest from The Backwards Loop (great online shop, by the way) in order to have enough for the size I am knitting.

Here are some progress shots:


  1. Beautiful knitting! Thank you for the suggestion for the Backwards Loop!


  2. Love that pattern! And 2 stitches. Nothing stands between you and what you want to make but just 2 stitches! Fantastic.