Monday, January 7, 2013

Knitting Weather




I'm not much of a knitter anymore. But not a winter goes by when I don't get the urge to take up the needles at some point.





It takes me too much time and commitment for a major project, so I will do something simple just to keep my hand in. While I was in the thrift store the other day I found a few bits of yarn in my favorite colors.













Would you believe me if I told you that I haven't been able to find pot holders that I like? Is there any more mundane subject on the planet than that? My favorites used to be the smallish terry cloth ones. Haven't seen 'em anywhere, and for a long time! 

Lots of mitts, and big stiff quilted numbers, and all the wrong colors everywhere. So I made a pair that I like from scraps of this rayon rug weight yarn. Nice and thick. Is that so fourth grade or what? It did take me a long way back. In a good way. . . .





I was lucky to find all these snippets in a little mixed bag with three balls of mohair included. All for about three bucks! I think a new scarf is next! Nothing fancy.









I can just get lost for awhile in a soft puff of yarn and the rythm of needles. . . .


















That's about all that's on my agenda lately. Sigh . . .
How about you?

Finding January . . .

Jacqueline




 
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36 comments:

Bella said...

Hi J,
I love the IDEA of knitting, but could never master it! Maybe I'm tense, haha!! It sounds cozy:-) Hope the exterminator is working out, squashing those computer bugs, haha!!
Hugs,
Bella

Linda said...

Lovely ...
What a great purchase..I only see bags of odd colors, but those are gorgeous!!!
I started crocheting again this year..finished quite a few projects...think I'll pick up some more wool tomorrow...nice to keep my hands and brain occupied on these winter evenings!!!

Cheers!
Linda :o)

elizabeth said...

I really want to learn to knit! Lovely photos, as always!

janice15 said...

SUCH A GREAT BUNCH OF THREAD, I TRULY MISS MY SECOND HAND STORE..I ALWAYS FOUND GREAT FINE THREAD AND LARGER...IT ALL GONE NOW...THE SOFT COLORS ARE GREAT...I'M WORKING ON A SMALL BLANKET FOR MY GRANDSON FINALLY GOT THE SQUARES ALL DONE AND I'M PUTTING THEM TOGETHER...IT'S THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR TO KNIT CROCHET SEW AND SMALL PROJECTS..WONDERFUL POST THANK YOU ... HAVE A GREAT NEW WEEK WITH LOVE JANICE

jeanetteann said...

Ah,too hot here for knitting,but oh that lovely yarn you got makes me crave for some. A few months away yet though. xx

Tina Eudora said...

I love the pot holders Jacqueline and I too have trouble finding kitchen items that reflect my personal style!
Knitting projects? I have 3 unfinished sweaters right now so maybe I should take a page from your book and sit down and take up my needles again!
Have a lovely day knitting Jacqueline!
Tina xo

Infuse With Liz said...

Very nice! My sister made some washcloths for me and I really like how they work!

Joanne Bischof said...

I absolutely love the neutral shades you picked. They are so lovely.

Celestina Marie said...

You just spoke to my heart when you said, you get lost in the rythum of the needles and soft puff of yarns. I too, love to have this kind of project in my lap for the winter and even the summer when the AC is cranked up and we are inside.
Love your soft neutrals. Your potholders will be so pretty.
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs, CM

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm not a knitter Jacqueline but I sure admire anyone who can turn coloured 'string' into something usable or wearable. I like the soft whites you found. Enjoy.

Cynthia said...

I love the colors of the yarn. I am not a knitter either but I also admire people who do.

Cynthia

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a great idea! I can't find those kind of pot holders any more either and I love to knit. I am going to go thru my wool bits and see what I can find.

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ you sound like me! I can never finish a big Project so I knit a scarf or a doggie sweater or pot holders. I also go to the thrift shop for yarn ~ perfect for January ~ a little yarn and the steady click click of the needles ~ with a cup of tea of course

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

I like this post Jacqueline,
Only the other day.. i was looking at the linen threads for petit pont.. I thought to my self.. val..why not do one again.. and the wools too were there.. I cant knit..but I think it a wonderful hobby.
val

Susy said...

I've never even tried to learn to knit ~ and I know what you mean about pot holders. Mine are all vintage ~ that someone else has made (**

One year I bought a GIANT bag of yarn and used it to cover styrofoam balls of different sizes to make tree ornaments. I found ready-made mitten garland, and added an old knitting bag with wooden handles full of yarn and knitting needles as the topper.

Those were the days...

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

This is a great idea to make your own knitted pot holders. I have some that are just falling apart because, like you, I can't find anything that I like at the stores. I haven't knit in a long time, but we'll see if I find some yarn like you did at a thrift store, perhaps I'll give it a try again!

SizzleandZoom said...

When I was a child and teenager I could knit, play chess and sew. Now that I am an adult I can't remember knitting and chess but I can still sew by hand.

Haworth said...

Those squares will make wonderful oven cloths, Jacqueline. And that mohair yarn is so pretty. What a lovely scarf it will be. Knitting is so calming as winter draws in around us. Just holding the yarn feels warmer as the wind and cold swirls around the house. I always have something on needles, waiting to be picked up.

Olive said...

I can never find pot holders I like either. Yours are charming. I use some pot holders Joe's mom made in the 50's.

chateau chic said...

Knitting is a great creative art this time of year. I never was able to get the hang of it, although I did a lot of other kinds of handwork when my eyes were perfect.
Mary Alice

OurSearsKitHome said...

I can't find potholders that I like either...so all of mine are the kind you make with fabric loops and a little metal loom....Ha!
But I really like yours. Do they protect well from the heat with a single layer?

Susan said...

Soft and pretty, Jacqueline. May as well make a potholder you like looking at! It turned out great. I'm like you - I can only knit projects that are limited. I get too bored with one long project. :)

Sara Pliske said...

Jacqueline - I stopped by via Wow Us Wednesday, I am just like you...at this time of year I can not resist the urge to knit something up. Because of this I have a stash of yarn to last a lifetime. haha. Spring rolls around and I put them away. I am trying to stick to smaller projects that I can actually finish this year. I have knitted up some really cute cowls. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings - Sara
http://weatheredcrown.blogspot.com/

andrea@townandprairie said...

Something I wish I learned to do long ago...what soothing textures.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I always have knitting and crochet projects on the go. I keep a project at work for lunchtime stitching and a bag in my vehicle for when hubby is driving or I'm waiting for or watching my teens. Your thrifty bag of neutrals yielded some lovely yarns. Perfect wintery projects and photos too.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful colors and textures, Jacqueline!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, I never learned to knit but I have crocheted one humongeous granny square, only because I didn't know how to put smaller ones together. I love though to wind the yarn into a ball so I will buy yarn just to do that. Talk about so 4th grade!.Happy Wednesday..Judy

pogonip said...

Hand work gets me through the rest of the winter too. I want to have my mom teach me her crochet stitch for the best potholders ever this year!

Love those luscious knits stitches--and mohair! Lucky girl!

cindy@cindysaheartlikemine said...

Love those colors. The colors alone are enough to make me wish I knew how to knit. Thanks for visiting my new blog. It is a work in process and I am sure will be "a slow go" as most things are in my " new" life now. Thanks also for the tips.

Blessings!
Cindy


Karie's Chic Creations said...

I am a crocheter. Love this time of year to settle down and crochet. The thrill of the yarn between my fingers and a beautiful creative art piece transpires. A good way to relax. Thanks for sharing, Karie

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I wish I knew how to knit! I tried to learn to crochet a couple years ago and just couldn't get the hang of it. I don't think I'm patient enough for it!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What gorgeous yarns... and soft colors! I think these are the colors for my living room!!! YOu have inspired me!

Debra said...

Lovely soft colors and photos. I never learned to knit but I enjoy looking at yours! :)

Lenetta Carnes said...

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Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

An Eye for Detail said...

Hi: I just came over from Savvy Southern Style. YOur blog is lovely and the images just beautiful! I too take up knitting from time to time: no huge project, but scarves are perfect!
Just followed on Google too....

Sherry said...

I have never knitted, I admire those that can. I am cheating, I bought a sweater today to sew into mittens! :)
Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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