23 July 2014

K...

...is for knitting


which I like to do when relaxing or chatting with friends.  I can pick it up knit a few stitches and put it down, depending on the pattern of course.  Like so many things it has its own language, I remember looking at the patterns my granny knitted when I was a child and could not make head nor tail of them, gibberish they were, now they make perfect sense.  This pattern is for a Langdale written by the very talented Lily Kate France who was just fourteen at the time.  I am so nearly finished, a few rows on the last sleeve, weaving all the ends in my least favourite job and a gentle blocking.  I told you knitting had its own language!  Blocking means shaping it after you have finished knitting to tease out imperfections and get it to the shape and size you need, it locks the stitches in place.  Whilst it is blocking (it takes a while) I will be casting on my next project using the stripy looking yarn one of these for my youngest as a Christmas present.  Yes I know it is only July but if I don't start soon I won't have everything made in time.........

Meanwhile head on over to see what others are sharing for the Alphabet Photography Project

18 comments:

  1. Love that little jumper and the pattern for the shawl too have bookmarked that for myself! There is something calming about knitting isn't there and according to Waldorf schools where the children learn how to knit knitting teaches skills children need to be good readers. The process of knitting is like threading a story. Kids are learning focus and concentration. They’re gaining fine-motor skills, needed for writing. They’re seeing patterns. They’re moving from left to right, the same way you read. They’re gaining confidence. Sounds better than learning how to use a computer or an i-pad to me!

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    1. I had not thought about the relationship between knitting and reading but that is so true, thank you :)

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  2. You put me to shame, I can't sew or knit. I really must learn! x

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  3. I've always been fascinated by knitting, It's such an art!

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  4. a very pretty knitting pattern and I love the yarn you are using. The waist detail is just adorable!

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  5. Ah knitting, my Mum tried to teach me when I was younger but think she lost patience with me being a leftie. Must try for myself one day #alphabetphoto

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  6. I so wish I could do that, I'm very envious! #alphabetphoto

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  7. It's amazing though it's another thing you don't forget - I used to knit a lot but stopped and recently started again and reading the patterns came back to me straight away. Great K and that's a beautiful colour.

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  8. Love that color - just popped over to Lily Kate's web site - she has some beautiful designs. Looking forward to seeing yours finished.

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  9. Now knitting is something I would love to learn - seems like such a relaxing, meditative thing to do. The colour is beautiful, by the way. I have a cardigan the same colour and it's one of my favourites.

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  10. Love the color you chose for the Langdale...it will be stunning. Lily Kate's designs are beautiful, and to think she is so young. I feel it a great accomplishment to be able to follow a pattern, never mind designing one.

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  11. I find knitting relaxing too. I've only recently learnt to crochet but I always seem to gravitate back to my knitting. I love that little shawl, it's never too early to start on Christmas presents, I've already started on mine.

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  12. I envy your knitting skills. I taught myself once but I found it difficult to find the motivation to keep it up. Your jumper is looking lovely. Beautiful colour :)

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  13. That is going to be so pretty.

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  14. I don't knit but my sister does and she has made some lovely things for the kids. A wonderful skill to have x #alphabetphoto

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  15. What a relaxing craft. I used to knit, YEARS AGO! But now I prefer to crochet and I will will WILL finish my daughter afghan this year, lol x

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  16. Must be relaxing knitting. I've not done it as a child although my mum knits clothes for my toddler's dollies! Love the colour you have here, looks like you're creating something rather lovely too. Thanks for sharing with #alphabetphoto

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  17. Yay for being almost done! I think I have said it before, but some things are worth repeating, I love the blue you have chosen for this knit. It's going to be so pretty when its all done :)

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