Knitting Life

Why I love the knitting community

Hi Knitters,

After a very long hiatus, I’m eager to start blogging again. The toe-up socks tutorial was a lot of fun to create, but I’ve recently had a number of requests from people to teach them how to knit. A “How to Knit” tutorial had been on my list of topic ideas for a while. So later this fall, I’m planning to do a series of posts on learning to knit.

Right now, I am working on the Ron Weasley blanket . Knitting is easy – garter stitch on everything. I suspect that the sewing up and weaving in ends will go slower. The blanket calls for more than 30 different colors. Great project if you have a stash of yarns in earthy colors to use up. Alas, I did not. My preferences are either jewel tones or brights. But several terrific Ravelers came to my rescue. I posted on the ISO/Destash forum on Ravelry asking for partial skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in earthy colors. Within 2 hours, 2 knitters has responded to the call. One of them had an extremely large stash and generously gave me a number of skeins. For a project this big with this many colors, it made a huge difference in me affording to do this project.

While you can find the nastiest, ugliest side off humanity on the Internet and social media, I love that there is a place that is more than 5 million crafters strong who offer support, encouragement, and help. Before Ravelry, the only way you knew knitters was if they lived close by. I live in a warm climate so the knitter pool has always been small. Now, you can build a community of knitting friends no matter where they live.

If you love fiber arts and aren’t on Ravelry, what are you waiting for? You can find me there as Soprano.

Happy Knitting!

My knitting life

My name is Wendi and I was knitting way before it was cool.

When I was a young girl, probably about seven or right, my great-grandmother taught me the basics of crochet. She was a prolific crocheter. And while I would occasionally get an itch for make Granny Squares for an afghan, it was never my passion and I only did it in fits and starts.

It was a cold and snowy winter in Middle Tennessee in 1984. After the third week of school was cancelled because of bad weather, my mother pulled a pair of big plastic knitting needles and scratchy acrylic yarn out of a drawer and taught me the knit stitch and the purl stitch. I caught on quickly and was on my own in about half an hour. I was hooked. Mother preferred sewing and didn’t have the patience for handwork. I can’t remember ever seeing her knit before then  and I didn’t see her knit much after that. Knitting was mine.

When I look at the abundance of fabulous yarns, yarn stores, and patterns today and the Ravelry site, I can’t help but remember what it was like in the mid-1980s when the yarn and pattern selections left  a lot to be desired. Yarn instruction has also changed. Before knitting was cool, pretty much everyone learned how to knit and crochet from a mother, grandmother, or some other adult female in your world.With today’s proliferation of yarn shops, books, magazines, blogs, and websites like Knitty, Twist Collective, YouTube, and Craftsy, it is easy to learn everything from the basics of knitting to the  most complicated and advanced techniques.

A coworker, who is also an avid knitter, and I often said that all good ideas come from knitting. So on the 30th anniversary of the inauspicious beginning of my knitting addiction, it only seems right to start a blog to talk about knitting and all the good ideas that come from it.

In case you are wondering about the High Note part of the name of this blog, it is because of one of the other things I am most identified with – singing ridiculously high notes, sometimes very loudly. But that is another story for another post.

Happy knitting