Friday, October 25, 2013

I Think I am Hooked! (Random 5 Friday)

I have never made any valuable discoveries,
it has been owing more to patient attention,
than to any other talent.
            Sir Isaac Newton


OK how many hobbies can a girl have without it taking away from those little things like housework, cooking, cleaning and those … I protest that word “important” things in life? Oh yes it is Random 5 Friday with Nancy again and I thought I would talk about the new world I seem to have fallen into.


1-   Oh yes indeed I was warned by many of you about the down side of picking up those knitting needles and how I would be absorbed into a world I probably will not easily escape. Oh yes you were right I have to admit I knit while sitting in my chair most nights now in front of that once all important TV. I knit in the seniors home sitting beside my Mom and we talk yarn and patterns among the lovely very skilled long time knitting ladies who knit beside us. They gush over how well I am doing in such a short time, well who would not love all that attention? My dreams are now filled with coloured yarns and projects. Oh yes indeed I am hooked. I am a beginner with big dreams heading down a path full of unknown possibilities.


2-   I am working on my fourth project, oh yes three completed wonderful projects, that I can only show you snippets of because everyone I know (ready or not) may be receiving a package in the mail from a side of me I have never discovered and a small piece of this addiction to yarn and that creative freedom it offers that I seemed to have had bottled up inside. I think these people may be reading my blog so I will not ruin their surprise. Mom says I am a natural so it must be true. Pay no mind to those little skipped stitches leaving gaping holes and all those extra stitches; that is only my artistic side coming out. Yes that is what I shall call it, my artistic side.




3-   I have discovered that once you mention that you are a beginning “Knitter” there is a whole new world opened up to you. There are “Knitters” everywhere and you realize you did not know the help and the advice that is shared among this special group of people. There is a secret world of the sharing of yarn, patterns and offers of lessons on how to purl oh yes I still have not made it that far. I love this new world. I even had the nice Postmaster lady at the post office where I mailed one of those projects off the other day offer to show me how to purl and pick up those lost stitches you know those artistic ones I meant to show. She will have her knitting in the back for the next time I come. That will be Monday and another completed project will be mailed and a new one on the go with any luck at all. Oh yes it is a whole new world out there for me now.


4-   The dishes are in the sink the dust lies on the floor mixed with snippets of multicolored yarn from experimenting with different textures and combinations. I search through the patterns sent to me from my grade nine Geography teacher how cool is that? She is once again teaching me and encouraging me along just as she did back then. Oh yes indeed this is truly a different world I have fell into; there are indeed helpful “Knitters” everywhere. I have a bag of yarn from the lovely ladies at the seniors home to play with and lots of time to play, well if I ignore those domestic things. NDF (next door friend) an experienced “Knitter” after seeing my knitting project pulled out a bag of soft black licorice bits and rewarded me for a job well done. That may not be the way she saw it but I certainly did. It felt just like it did on receiving those gold stars in school long ago but I have to say these tasted better.




5-   I discovered a thrift store that has many bundles of new yarn of the funky variety that others would not necessarily like to experiment with. Oh yes I have always loved a challenge and will try to figure out how to work my quirky into these yarns. One thing I do know is that I have never done things the “normal” way and that ever present quirky side has always emerged in everything I have ever tried. I do realize now that with all that photography, writing, blogging and now knitting, not to mention those farm chores, I am pretty sure there will not be many of those domestic events going on for a little while. Keep smiling and get used to those undone domestic things My Hero and try to remember you are the one that started this addiction when you cast on my very first project. I am now a “Knitter” and proud of it. "Yes" you have to wear that first “artistic” scarf it is in our contract and yes those holes are part of my design.

There's that boyish grin I know and love.

Later.

Random 5 Friday

72 comments:

  1. If I knew how to knit, I would be sitting in front of the TV also. We don't have cable for our TV any more, so I CROCHET!!! LOL Y'know? I never thought of checking out the thrift stores for yarns. Hmmmm.

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  2. Your creations are lovely. Glad you are having fun!

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  3. Your knitting looks good. Making a scarf....or am I mistaken! Hugs M xox

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  4. It is such a relaxing - pick up anywhere - kind of a project!!
    Great job B !!!!!

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  5. Lovely creations!! A scarf would really come in handy here today - it's freezing here this morning lol.

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  6. Once every few years I pull out some yarn and knit 'something'. I do NOT find it relaxing and my vocabulary has expanded exponentially but still, I keep coming back to the sweet torture that is knitting. Welcome to the club.

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  7. Good for you! Addicting, isn't it?!!! I knit and crochet and this time of year is very busy!!!!!!!! Enjoy it.

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  8. i have always wished to learn. but now do i quiet my mind. that was the problem as a kid. there were always more fun or better things to do. i do enjoy doing (multi-tasking) while watching tv. always! ( :

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  9. Lovely ! I wish I could get into knitting and stuff like that it would give me more to do , my mum was able to do knitting and all the other types of hand made things . I tryed when I was younger and it wasn't for me maybe I should give it a go again I may like it now lol ! Looking forward to seeing your work . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  10. Oh, I would say you are hooking alright. Those little snippets of your completed projects make me want to see more and more. I love to knit but the hands won't let me anymore. Sob, sob.

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  11. I have heard knitting is an addictive and relaxing activity, Miss B.

    Let your new creative habit shine!

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  12. oh don't worry about that other stuff, it will wait for you...you have to feed your soul! i love doing cross stitch and haven't done one in a while. i had a pattern i was working on, it was an old timey sampler (i like the primitive cross stitches) and lost it when we moved before i could finish it. i order one on ebay but was disappointed to find that it was just a pattern, not a kit. i need to read descriptions better ;)

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  13. Wonderful I knit as well, nothing fancy but it is an addiction but a beautiful one.

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  14. Well, good for you! I crochet so I totally understand you. My house is a mess too, but I will deal with it tomorrow, lol.

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  15. HEe hee Good for you Buttons Great pastime hobby and it does soothe a busy mind . Yes designer scarfs ...I do a few off those myself when I go off a little ~ gives them character :))

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  16. I wish I could commit to a hobbie but I am better at just trying out random things to see if I can do them and then calling it a day. Your creations are pieces of love, they are great!

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  17. I don't knit, but quilt. Similar addiction. Sometimes I wish that I did knit or crochet, but tell myself I do not need another hobby. Yet reading this makes me want to learn....

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  18. Good For You :)
    I have spent the last few days, knitting away...more time than I should!
    I am working on Christmas presents so I am cutting myself some slack!

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  19. laughed at the 'artistic' side. :) and the postal lady!!!

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  20. The same thing happened to me with quilting! You can never have too many hobbies, and forget about the housework, it will be there tomorrow, and next week!

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  21. Looks good to me. I haven't taken my knitting supplies out of it's resting place just yet this fall because I 'know' all other responsibilities will be left undone. But, once released, look out house and home, for I will be like you, letting all else become of lower priority. LOL
    Isn't knitting the best.
    Life is 'Knit 1, Purl 1' Great

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  22. Aha! If you don't already read the blog Punkin's Patch, you definitely have to now.
    http://myfavoritesheep.blogspot.ca/

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  23. What a wonderful post.

    I have knitted but did not progress. I taught myself to crochet and do love that.

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  24. I've been addicted for years. Best hobby, I think anyways and you're right such a happy and helpful group of folks too. Sounds like your really on a roll and that's awesome! Oh and your artistic side...I love that too!

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  25. B,

    Once you get started you can't put it down :-)

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  26. Everything is looking good, Buttons. How wonderful that you have a worthy excuse to leave the dishes!:-)

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  27. I'm so excited for you, B! Your work is really good. You must be a natural. I'm so glad you are enjoying yourself. Don't worry about the housework--it will get done in its time. :-)

    This makes me want to pick up the knitting needles and try again. I never get very far, but you've inspired me.

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  28. I'm so impressed with your knitting skills! I need to learn how to knit. Hopefully I would get hooked like you :)

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  29. Congrats on your knitting,B!

    Vic303

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  30. I used to knit a lot when my kids were small. I made lots of tiny little doll clothes for my daughter's Barbie doll. I need to get back in the habit again.

    You have some nice projects going!

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  31. remind me to never teach you how to play the banjo... now that would be too dangerous to unleash unto the world... ;p


    in the meanwhile, it is so fun to see you enjoy yourself, make beautiful "things" and make new friends in the underworld of knitting... who knew? XOXOX

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  32. What is this housework you speak of...
    Love the yarn in the last photo, so pretty. It is ages since I last knit anything.
    Lynne

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  33. Lovely. :) I wish I knew how to knit, or crochet. I do give it a try every once in a while determined to learn, but the results are unbelievably...um...indescribable. LOl.

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  34. Snow, rain or sleet,
    or knitting retreat.... : )

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  35. Wonderful! I used to refer to it as "sticks and string" - because it's such an ancient form of self expression . . . Lucky ones to receive works from your own hands, heart and time . . .

    Awesome Stuff!!!!

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  36. Knitting is such a soothing hobby- and I totally ignore every gaping hole, dropped & or twisted stitch or uneven end that I make, cause yep...I did it on purpose!

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  37. LOL
    Welcome Knitter!!!!
    Isn't it therapeutic???
    I love it ....
    and once you master knitting, there's crochet to tackle!!!
    :-D

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  38. Knitting isn't a hobby, it's work because you're making something. So, you're actually working, just not mucking the barn, dusting, doing dishes, etc. Ya gotta get this here thing in perspective, doncha know?

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  39. I never learned how to knit, which was silly because my grandma did it all - knit, crochet, ceramics, paint - everything. I coulda learned, but had no interest when I was a young girl. Now her fingers don't work well enough to show me. ANNNND I can see it's a time sucker, so probably for the best :) Have a great weekend!

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  40. I admire anyone who can knit a sweater or a scarf♫♪ Glad you found a new hobby you enjoy so much. Thanks for dropping by and have a super great weekend♥

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  41. You have lit the fire in me to knit! Somehow, I'm going to learn and learn to do it well, like you and your mom!

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  42. I used to knit and found it very challenging and relaxing at the same time.

    I am glad you're enjoying this and your creation is so pretty!

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  43. There are a couple of comp-uters near the dining room, so I am taking a few minutes to catch up on the life I left behind me...
    I like that blue and white yarn!!!
    I do crochet, and will spend the time watching Mom's programs, working on a scarf that I intend to send off to the homeless when it is done. Then I will need to get more yarn. We are going out for lunch tomorrow, but have no idea if we will be going to the yarn store. My bil wants the dog photos from my camera before I leave - they have a new Yorkie!!

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  44. I'm so glad you have so much pleasure with yarn! It's a wonderful hobby and kudos to you for finding an inexpensive place for purchasing yarn. :)

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  45. I tried knitting when I was a teen and failed miserably. But maybe now with maturity (i.e. being old LOL) and more patience I could try it again. First, I have to finish learning to quilt. The nice thing about knitting is that you can do it anywhere. Glad you're enjoying the craft.

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  46. I can't wait to see your 1st pair of socks and that beautiful lace shawl you will graduate to in no time! Welcome to the knitterhood B!
    (have you discovered Ravelry yet???)(and I second the notion of visiting thecraysheeplady 's blog.)
    One more thing...I can only imagine how happy and proud your mom is that you caught the fever. Please give her our well wishes.

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  47. Buttons, a girl can never have to many hobbies, aka addictions. Keep us posted on your projects!! Laurel

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  48. Oh, so much fun you are having with your new hobby! I don't knit, but I crochet and I think the feeling is the same - that excitement when you finish a project and get to gift it or wear it. Glad you have some helpful people from your past and present to spur you along. Hugs xoxo

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  49. Reading your post, I'm as thrilled as you are with your new creative outlet. Let the inside chores slide - they'll wait for another day. The peek you're showing is lovely!

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  50. Great post. I said I would take up crocheting when I retired in May, but so far I haven't touched a skein of yarn. You may have inspired me to make my way over to the yarn shop. My mother was a fabulous knitter and did her own patterns. Some of my best memories are sitting with her while she knitted. I'd give a lot for one of those evenings again.

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  51. Your joy in knitting is bursting out of your post. I'm so happy you found something that makes you so happy! If you ever want to knit me a scarf, I say go for it! (pinks and purples are my favorite shades :) )

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  52. It is good to hear you love knitting. I used to knit but very basic knitting. I know the feeling when one discovers a new hobby. It is always exciting. I used to quilt by hand, made many quilts and gave them all away. I no longer do it as I had ran out of patience. I would love to see what you made once the recipients receive their gifts from you. There are so many different variety of yarn to use these days. Have fun!

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  53. Before you know it you will be knitting up a barrel full and gifting to those cold hands, heads and feet who will then be warmed by your creations ... I love the calm knitting/crocheting lends to well being, but alas my neck no longer allows. Stay high dry & warm this weekend. If you had been closer I would have given you half of that chocolate covered cherry. x

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  54. Fond memories here of my Mom knitting in her rocking chair. Our son still has some of the stocking caps and mittens she made for him...:)

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  55. Oh! This is just AWESOME, Buttons! You are spot on. Once experienced knitters learn that you are a beginner help is on it's way. lol I've been learning to crochet as you know and go to a knitting group at a local yarn shoppe. There is plenty of help and advice and cheering-on whenever I need it. :-) I love this Random 5 post!

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  56. There is something really wonderful about taking scraps of yarn and creating something! I'm so glad you're enjoying it, and I bet your mom is loving that she was able to pass this on!

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  57. It sounds like you are having fun with those needles. I just started knitting some socks. I was told it was an easy pattern to follow. I have taken it apart 3 times now. I am thinking I should have started on an easier project. :)

    Hugs~

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  58. What tantalizing hints in your photos, Buttons. I love to knit, and I like to crochet. Right now I have a big knitting project and a little crochet one in the works. It is relaxing and rewarding, and I haven't bought a wash cloth or dish rag in a very long time!... But I have bought lots of yarn! ;-)

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  59. YAY!!! It's knitting time of year! I'm glad you have jumped in! Way to go. And remember, just like the quilters say, those mistakes are what makes it unique, and all quilts have them. And if you are using funky yarns, "happy accidents" are not noticeable. HAVE FUN! I belong to a group...KNITWITZ, and we make projects to donate. Aloha

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  60. When I was knitting (and I fell hard for it, like you!) I made gifts for everyone for Christmas. I even made a hat for the cat.

    Need any yarn? I've got a big box up in the closet... :)

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  61. hehe...oohhhh buttons, I'm glad you fell hard!!

    The dust and dishes will always be there but knitting is way more fun!!

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  62. WELCOME to the Hobbiest - Crafter - Artist World... there is NO escape just new addictions!

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  63. I used to start a project at this time of year. I've been feeling the bug again...

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  64. I enjoyed so much reading your post - especially the Word "knitter" seems to open a new dimension in conversations, relating to one another in a way of sharing a hobby!

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  65. Welcome to the yarn side! Bwahhaahaaa. Even as I am constantly knitting, the yarn piles up because I see cool colors and textures that I can't resist! Now that my grand doggie has received his sweater gift, I will post a photo next week on my blog. He loves it!

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  66. That is too cool, our Grace is hooked, um no pun intended..or would that be crochet?

    Wonderful, you are now a member of the secret sect. Purl on my friend.

    Purl on.

    Jen

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  67. Wow you've really taken a shine to the knitting haven't you. Isn't it fun to find something you love doing like that. I could never knit and watch TV as I'm a purist about "watching" TV but I can understand those who do. Your joy is showing through and the projects are looking good (creative ones as well). I loved that colored yarn in your last shot. The sort of purplish one.

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  68. Good for you! I'm glad you're enjoying your new hobby.

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  69. You are in great company and I do think your knitting, ( the bits that show in the pictures ) does look very "artsy".

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  70. B-I'm impressed! You most definitely are a natural! Those quirky yarns are wonderful, and I know you will come up with some very artistic creations! I can't wait to see them!! :) Hugs:)

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  71. I picked up a button at NY Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck) that says "When I learned how to knit I forgot how to cook!" :-)

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