Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year Wisdom

These are the granola bars that Bill and I made last night. He said they are great. I cannot be objective as granola bars are way down on my list of breakfast choices. I will say the recipe was easy and was chock full of healthy stuff. Ina Garten has never steered me wrong.

As to all the inquiries about my knitting project..... I will tell all here and let's never speak of it again, shall we? I took to knitting immediately as it combines some of my favorite things; handwork; fiber; a lovely end product (one would hope!). I knitted and purled like a madwoman on the way to Virginia, in Virginia, and on the way back. I knitted one whole skein and had about 1 foot of knitted textile when some of the little problems with it started to bother me. I ripped it out. I started once more and ripped it all out. I attempted a third time and when a dropped stitch happened "out of the blue", I admitted defeat. My mistakes were confirmed to be unfixable by Lorelei and my love affair with knitting was over. At least for now. The yarn shop still calls out to me. Maybe, someday, in a fit of weakness I will attempt again. I sent the lovely hand dyed teal yarn home with Lorelei to Dallas. I hope it lives out it's yarn destiny there and I wish it the best. I'll be okay. Really.

Laurie

16 comments:

cherie said...

Oh, don't give up on knitting! Start again with something a little more simple! I was shocked you started with such fine yarn. How 'bout a knitted, felted bag?
Cherie

Kathy said...

Ah, I feel your pain. Some were meant to knit, some aren't. I can do dishcloths, and scarves...maybe a hat. I CAN make quilts, and hook rugs and do stitchery and a few other things. It would be nice to say I CAN KNIT SOCKS, but I can't...does it make me weak? or incompetent? NOPE...just happy to browse the yarn shops, fondle the fibers and yearn to knit, and then go home to my fabric and wools and love every minute of that.
Not everyone can do EVERYTHING! Those that think they can have something hidden somewhere that they can't!

Well, I'd better get back to appliqueing my As The Cold Wind Blows blocks! Have a wonderful day!

Lindenhaus said...

I can crochet, sew, quilt, rughook, but I cannot knit. Once, I was so frustrated with a sweater that was quite close to completion, that I took a scissor to it and then threw it in our old oil furnace! I never looked back, and I have never knit again. Happily, my older daughter is a fantastic and talented knitter, and I have been the recipient of lovely knitted things. Maybe someday you will knit again!

PamKittyMorning said...

Funny about your knitting. I've done some knitting, like felted bags and of course the requisite scarf or 30. I love the fiber and the needles and the plain knitting but the pattern thing, not so much.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Laurie ~ to satisfy my need to buy beautiful yarns ~ I hook with it!!! I just picked up some handspun yarn that will make beautiful sheep and a wonder hand-dyed red that should make some nice needle felted circles on a
wool purse! I love the yarn shops but certainly don't need one more craft on my plate right now!!
Your story is very entertaining!
Alice

kjb139 said...

Some of us are knitters (not me) and some of us are quilters! You are a great quilter!!!
How is Polly's Blackbird pillow coming along? I'm dying to see a photo! Any chance?

Kathy

Auntie Pami said...

I totally relate to knitting. My science teacher in 8th grade taught us girls how to crochet and another teacher got a group to learn to knit (my first choice). So, consequently I don't knit. I've tried and tried. I can't even do a scarf. But, felted? Hmmm, mistakes won't show! I have enough fiber addictions already. I watched a show this morning, Knitty Gritty(?) and men were knitting. If they can do it so can I! Ha, ha, ha.

Tammy said...

So what happened to that project? Show us Show us!

Carrie P. said...

Oh well, knitting is not for everyone. I don't knit either even though I have tried. You just stick with making beautiful quilts.

pdudgeon said...

awwwww, well maybe that yarn will come back to roost as a lovely knitted sweater for next Christmas made by your daughter.

I'm with cherie on this--don't give up on knitting yet! If you made it all the way thru a skein of yarn the first time, there is definitely hope for the future.

mamabug said...

One cannot get discouraged when she is a quilter, designer, decorator extrodinaire!!! I also think you are a wonderful blog writer.........I picture you knitting away and tearing out and starting back up.....what a trouper you are!!! Thank you for sharing about your successes and failures, it makes you very human and interesting. Kathie

from little acorns said...

I understand how you feel. . . & I don't blame you - at least you gave it a shot (. . . & a a little ripping. . . & another shot. . . &. . . )! I made one sweater many years ago - but that was it. I love the idea of knitting . . . the cables & the patterns. . . but I know I can't give it the time that it would require to get there. . . & I have too many other needlework projects that I want to continue spending my time with! But I applaud your effort (& at least Lorelei ended up with some beautiful yarn!)
Happy New Year Laurie! xo, Bren

Kim said...

I'm w/Kathy...I can knit...dishcloths and scarves.....and I'm a wannabe sock-knitter...planning to take a class this year. But do I see myself making fabulous knitted sweaters? Honestly, the patterns scare the bajeezus out of me! But I quilt, crochet, needlepoint, stitch, rug hook, have been known to weave a basket or two....it's all good! AND...yarn makes a fabulous home dec accessory!!! Piled in a bowl...aaaah! Lovely! So you can still BUY the yarn..at least that's what I tell myself...to feed that yarn yearning you get sometimes! Happy New Year! :o)

sandi said...

Oh Laurie thanks for sharing your knitting story! I had knitting lessons on my bucket list last year. I knitted a universal sweater on my own years ago - it fit everyone in the universe and none of us well! So, thought lessons would help. Nope, I was a total flop so quickly ran back to my rug hooking. I still love to scout out the yarn shops and still feel pulled to knit but so far haven't wound another strand on those mean ol' needles! sandi

suz said...

I so understand about the knitting! In college my roommate and I decided to try our hand at it. We ended up with the most outlandish sweaters you've ever seen. We washed and dried them to shrink to the point of felting them (although we didn't know that's what we did at the time) and I doubt there are orangutans out there who could have worn them! End of knitting-but I love the new yarns-and I can crochet, which is much more user-friendly!

Joanna from Fresh Figs said...

I am so with you on this knitting thing! I have tried and failed. Somehow I always end up with giant trapezoids and not rectangles for scarves... i say always as if I've done it a lot... NOT. Tried to start it 3 times and after viewing my various attempts and my face when people tried to explain and cast on for me.... well they all suggested I just stick with quilting!

So let's hear it for the knitting losers club!

joanna
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