Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Amazing Pretties

The talent and patience of crocheters and knitters never ceases to amaze me.

Some goodies from Ravelry

Would love to do this. Do I have the patience?

So feminine.

These hexies are all made with Madelinetosh yarn!

GAH! I can't believe all the colors she has. She lists them on her Ravelry page. What, did she win the lottery or something? That's a lot of $$$! Credit: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/dawnlovescandy/hexagonal-dishcloth

Oh my! The middle is all squares!
Look at the edging and the big puffy balls on the corners.

These next three are knitted using the same pattern.
Amazing how different they look...

My favorite of the three...

But these stripes are really cool too.

I swear someday I will pick up the knitting needles and try it once again, and it will suddenly stick and I'll be off to the knitting races! Ya think? What's my problem? Is it really that much harder than crochet? Does it require more patience? Am I just making it hard? WTF is my problem? I KNOW I can do it!

You knitters: Can you recommend a pattern to get a beginner started? I can look at YouTube and see how to get started, like casting on and off and stuff, and have done that. I think I just need something simple, but I don't know enough about it to know what's simple and what's not. Duh. What was the first thing you knitted? What kind of yarn is easiest? What size needles?  (I think I have some size 8 and some much smaller that are connected with a piece of plastic wire. Give it up, girls! I need the low-down! I need the minute details!

And the navy...just pretty.
Love her red hair too.

That's all for today.
Gotta run.


  1. Beautiful things Pammy Sue, I have made a blanket like the top one before it took ages but I enjoyed it. I love the stripy shawl the edging is lovely. Knitting is easy enough but it does take longer to grow than crochet. If you want to try it I would make something in garter stitch, I find a 4 mm needle the easiest to use with a double knit yarn but your size 8 would be ok with a worsted weight yarn. Why not try a scarf or fingerless gloves. Tell me what you fancy knitting and I will try and find an easy pattern for you. :)

  2. Have been reading your blog for awhile. You do wonderful crafts.

    These are lovely, the tablecloth is beautiful.

    Thank You for posting them.

  3. Have been reading your blog awhile.
    You create wonderful items. And your blog is wonderful as well.

    The tablecloth is lovely.

    Thank You for posting this.

  4. Wonderful projects! I absolutely love those gloves.

  5. Beautiful projects Pammy Sue! If you want to try something with really quick gratification that gauge doesn't matter, you could make a dishcloth. Cotton yarn, size 7 or 8 needles and a free pattern on Ravelry called Grandmothers or granny's dishcloth. It's just the knit stitch, yarn over and knit 2 together. You CAN do it!!!!! I think knitting is much easier than crochet and I've been crocheting 40-odd years longer than knitting. Knitting is just knit and purl and variations thereof. You can do it.

  6. I don't think I have the talent or patience for those projects, so I'm impressed when I see things like that.
    I feel the same way about knitting. Everyone tells me it's easier but I have some kind of mental block that makes it harder. One day, I'll try it again.

  7. Pammy Sue, I use either one, straight needles or circulars for the dishcloth. I think the size 8 that you have will work just fine. Feel free to call me you would like to. Here's my email,
    And I'll send you my number. :-)

  8. Without a doubt you can knit when you decide to Pammy Sue. Linda, the first commenter volunteered to direct you to an good beginner pattern but, I'd be happy to help if I can, too.
    blessings ~ tanna

  9. Oh it's all veery good! I know you can knit, just start with a simple scarf. With a little time you will be making socks!

  10. Wow, you found lots of inspiration to share with us.. love that last shawl. The kids were so tired tonight after our tour and going out to lunch in an Amish diner downtown and then dinner at Der Dutchmen in Walnut Creek.. they came home and fell into bed and instantly to sleep. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. I am in love with the stripe blanket!!! I love anything scrappy looking!

  12. So purty!
    I loved her red hair too. Like yours!!
    xo Kris

  13. I've had that shawl bookmarked for years-- so pretty! And I love the idea of putting pompoms at the corners of a blanket/tablecloth!

    I taught myself to knit after a failed attempt. *It can be done!* ;o) I started with just a square of garter stitch (knit every row)-- no pattern-- that I called a dishcloth, but if you want something one step up in difficulty, I second the suggestion of the Grandmother's Dishcloth pattern.

    My biggest knitting hint (as someone who's still kind of new to it) is to try to work loosely enough that the stitches slide along the needle without too much fighting-- and don't despair if it's a struggle, at first. I *still* have to work at getting the cast-on loose enough, and the first few rows are always the worst for me. After that, things seem to loosen up a little and flow better.

    Good luck!

  14. Hey Girl!
    Your crocheting is top of the line!!!
    I teach both and honestly most people find CROCHETINT to be harder than knitting. So I KNOW YOU CAN KNIT!
    Size 8's are good. You already have the tension thing under control. Are you right handed? I knit continental and suggest you do the same. You Tube it. It is much easier and faster, I promise.
    I always teach it that way.
    Cast on with the Long Tail Method.
    Start with a garter stitch {knit every} dishcloth or scarf just to get the hang of it.

  15. Danette! You are the ONLY person who has ever said that to me about the continental thing. I didn't even know such thing existed. I did go and watch a video about it, and it looks so much simpler! THANK YOU! This just might be the info I needed for it to click for me.

  16. I took a knitting class right out of high school millions of years ago. I didn't like it. We were to make socks and I never finished the first one. I couldn't watch TV and knit either. But I love the items that are knitted. And maybe I will try it again. I have my MIL's knitting needles. I don't know if she knew how to knit because I never saw her knitting. I'm sure you will catch in to it beautifully and knit up a storm.


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