Thursday, August 16, 2012

If At First You Don't Succeed....

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Does anyone else remember that saying?

Well when it comes to knitting I just about gave up.
I took a class about a year ago. I learned how to knit and purl. I had made several attempts at making a scarf. Well after three failed attempts I gave up and thought maybe knitting was not for me.

I was shopping at a second hand store (something I love to do) and I found a Felted Knit Purse Kit (unopened)
Well I couldn't resist it was a 20.00 kit for 4.00!

So this week I decided to try my hand at knitting, AGAIN.

Thank goodness for online tutorials!!! They have been so helpful.
I'd like to  give a shout out to the site that has been a lifesaver,  because I can honestly say if it wasn't for the tutorial I would have given up.
I am over halfway done with the project.
It is not perfect, but I am happy to say that I still have the same number of stitches, I have dropped a few but because of the tutorial, I actually was able to fix the mistakes and move on instead of giving up.
I have learned a lot over the last week. is the site to check out if you are having knitting problems.
They have videos, patterns, and they cover several different types of knitting.

Because this project is being felted it should help hide some of the imperfections.

I decided I am going to use it as a bag to store my knitting supplies, not that I am determined to become a proficient!

I would like to be able to do something with all of this wool.
Spinning Wool into Yarn seems pointless if you cannot knit it into something wonderful.
Someday I envision Wool Socks....
I have a while before I will get there but glad that I did not give up and gave this knitting thing another try.

Yarn is supposed to be slender, and relatively uniform. Theoretically, one pound of wool can be spun into ten miles of yarn, but not if I’m spinning. Within a space of ten seconds, my yarn goes from the size of my thumb all the way down to dental floss then back up to thumb-sized. Kim smiles encouragingly and explains this uneven type of yarn, with its slubs and irregularities, is called designer yarn and is highly valued
( Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet by Catherine Friend)


  1. Hi Sandra,
    I had to laugh when I was reading your post! (not at you) just at the thought of all that beautiful BL wool ... sitting there waititng to be spun!
    Knitting is just such a wonderful past time. I learned when I was 18! Started knitting baby sweater sets,that was after my first scarf of course.Then onto sweaters for myself, mittiens, hats for my son and so on.
    As of late I don't get into the sweaters so much. My old hads just can't take to much at a time. As for your yarn, spin what you like! When I first started spinning my goal was to spin a 'perfect' yarn, I did ... how boring that was! And the really funny thing of it was, I like to knit with a bulky yarn, always have. So why was I spinning a thin yarn? Don't know, thought that was the goal. I now after 2 years of spinning, spin what I like a nice fat/thin yarn. When worked up it just has so much texture and personality, it is not your machine spun yarn. I love to see the hand in everything, that is what makes it hand made!
    Anyway, keep up the good work, I posted an EASY sock pattern on my blog. I will be making socks as soon as my picker gets here and I can get back to cleaning picking and carding my wool.
    Congrats on learning something new, and happy knitting!

  2. Hi Teri,
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    I love the fiber arts!
    The reason we ended up with Border Leicesters even though almost everyone I talked to in this area tried to convince us we should raise Suffolk.
    I checked out your Blog, very nice blog and farm.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern. I will save that for a later date. I am determined that one day...

  3. I hope you post the finished piece all felted, love to see it!

  4. I will do that.
    I am working on the strap now.
    Hopefully it will be presentable when finished. ;)


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