Years ago sitting together, on my bed, my Mama began showing me how to knit. It was a memorable time between a mother and her eight year old daughter. It was unusual to have alone time with her, being one of 10 children, this didn’t happen to often.
These times together always involved knitting or sewing. She was the catalyst for the creativity conceived within me. She was not only my Mama, she was the best friend I ever had.
Until last year I haven’t knitted very much. But, the fever is back in full swing. One of my many knitting memories one was the “group” knitting we would participate in. There was a LYS (local yarn shop) I spent a lot of time at, learning new stitches and how to “block” finished projects. Many ladies would gather together for knit and chat times. I cherish those memories.
I’ve recently connected with a few local knitting groups. Panera is a hot spot for knitting groups, who knew? A few weeks back I attended a knitting retreat, the same place the December craft retreat was at. We met again in the Forest room.
The project I brought was a “Mystere” project.
A mystery knit along…basically you do not know what you are knitting? You receive a weekly clue for eight weeks in a row. The first clue was on yarnage, needles and gauge is provided so your able to pick up the supplies.
Then each week thereafter you receive pattern clues which you are to knit.
Clue 1, turned out to be 8″ of ribbing, ugh! Not my favorite thing to do. I call myself a lazy knitter, I don’t like to work on needles less than a size 9. I need to see results fast! The ribbing was done using size and it seemed to take forever. The retreat started at 9:00 and we broke for a wonderful lunch at 12.
This is all I got done in 3 hours, I think I was talkin just a bit too much.
At the end of the day clue 1 and 2 were finished. Clue 2 was a Herringbone stitch and it is a stitch requiring your full attention. I ended up ribbing apart this section more times than I have in any other pattern I’ve done?
This past week I worked on clue 3.
A Brioche stitch pattern, and enjoyed working this section which was a relief from the difficult section before.
Even though I’ve just started clue 4 it seems like another fun stitch, and I’ll update you soon.
In April I’ll be attending a three day weekend knitting retreat and I am so excited about it. During the week I’ve been attending 2 knitting groups. It’s a show when you want so there’s not pressure about missing.
I’m really enjoying knitting again and the lovely/friendships being created.
Do you knit?