Before I get into anything pertaining to yarn, I have to share this little “adventure” that I had last night in my house. Well most of you know that I don’t have central air in this home. So I normally open the windows and stick a fan in front of it so that we can get some fresh cooler air circulating. Well last night was no exception. There is this ill-fitting screen that falls out if you’re not careful. Not the kind where it is actually fitted into the window…one of the kinds that you but at Lowes or something. The “El-Cheapo”.
After dinner, I put the kids in a bath and then sat in my room listening to the TV and knitting. I used to stay in the living room but it was too far and I couldn’t see them. My bedroom is directly across from the bathroom and all I have to do is lean over and I have both my eyes on them. I had gotten up to check on the kids to make sure that they weren’t making a huge mess (my daughter is always wetting the floor) and went back into the room. After a few minutes, I heard some growling. I didn’t think anything of it. Penny and Felix get into it at times and it ends up with them playing. But a few seconds later I hear this loud scuffle in the living room. The lights were off and turned on the light in the dining room. I could see this long haired black cat lunging after Felix. I’m guessing that it jumped on the screen and it fell and then crawled into the window. Penny and Felix were definitely in fight mode. I guess the cat was a male as well because he and Felix went at it! (Poor Penny!) Well Felix ran towards me and so did the stray and I was standing in the small hallway. It’s about 4’x5′ and when I saw that huge ball of cats, I screamed and slammed the door to the bathroom shut and yelled for the kids not to get out the tub (my son can open doors AND he’s Mr. Nosey) and I ran into my room and shut the door.
I had messaged for help but no answer. It sounded like there were tigers in my living room. Once it got quiet, I opened the door and cautiously looked around. I saw Felix crouched in front of the pantry. I went into the bathroom and checked on the kids and the both of them were repeating the same question at a mile a minute “What happened?”. So I told them and then they asked me if they could see the cat. I said no. I told them to put away their bath toys and to drain the tub (they like to watch the water drain). I went into the living room again and saw the black cat had popped his head back in. I guess he was coming back for round 2 but I clapped my hands and yelled “Git” and he retreated. I turned on the light to assess the damage and checked both of my cats for any cuts. They were both ok from what I saw. Then I went outside and put back the screen. I went back inside and shut the window. By that time the kids had just finished watching the tub drain and came running out to get lotioned and dressed for bed. After that, I had to make some brownies. Heh! That was insane! Anyways, on to talking about yarn. YAY!!!
Well over the last couple of weeks, I have had to deal with sick kids and this past weekend, I finally sick. As much as I didn’t want to, I went out Friday to pay bills and do some light grocery shopping. I decided to go to JoAnns and see if they still had yarn that was advertized for sale. ALL the sale bins were cleaned out! Craziness! But I got some Bernat, about 700 yds, for half price. It was for a pattern that I was testing. I’m glad that it was huge because now I can make some oven mitts and maybe a pot holder with the rest! I’ll show you next week what I tested. The test period isn’t over as yet and I don’t like to publish anything until I know that it all said and done. But it is a beanie and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s large enough to cover my ears without looking overly bulky. I got a HUGE head (thanks Daddy!) and can’t wear a lot of head gear without it looking even bigger. Heh heh.
Well I started practicing knitting almost as soon as I got home and was having a lot of trouble. I purchased size 8 needles which is great for the tons of worsted weight yarn that I have accumulated over the last 4 – 5 months or so but it kept splitting on me and I was having a hard time knitting cleanly. So I found some RH white yarn that was a lot firmer than what I was using and gave me better results.
I ended up frogging it after awhile and started on a new piece. I wanted to do the garter stitch (I think that is right) *update: It’s called the stockinette stitch* where you alternate between the knit and purl stitch to create what everyone recognizes as knitting.
After knitting for a few hours, I can see why people love it. It is soooooooooooooo relaxing. Even more so than crochet. I found myself enjoying the slow rhythm
it knitting or purling each stitch. I think I like the purl stitch the best. Most people don’t but I do. The first things I am going to make are scarves for me and the kids. They already have one in crochet and it will be nice for them to have one knitted as well. I do have to get more needles. I’m thinking detachable circular needles. That way I don’t have to buy as much. Something like this or this. I am not too familiar with what brands are best as yet but I will get there!
If you want to learn how to knit, here are the videos that I watched.
Well I hope y’all had fun reading. I had fun typing it up! Happy crocheting and knitting!
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