Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Maiden Voyage of Knitty McPurly


Hi everyone!  Thanks for finding my shiny new blog.  Neat, huh?  What do you think of Knit Knitterson?  I mean Purls O’Purlerson.  Wait, what did I call her? Oh yeah...  Knitty McPurly. I love her. She’s me, only so much cuter and hipper. And she just looks like she wants to talk about knitting, don't you think?

I drew Knitty up late one night, and when my oldest daughter, age 7, came down and saw her the next morning, she gasped, and said, “I want to draw this picture!”  I sketched out a quick Little Knitty, who resembled my daughter, and she colored her in, smiling and filled with glee. She’s a future knitter, that one. And probably a future artist, too.





Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about yarn snobbery. Part of my induction into knitting is wrapped up in yarn snobbery. I think if I had been taught by a user of 100% acrylic yarn from Michael’s, I probably would have knitted just a few things and then set the hobby aside.  My teacher, a wonderful friend, took one look at the “skein” (I have to put it in quotes... it barely qualifies) of acrylic yarn I brought to my lesson and said, “Yeah... don’t use that.”  She handed me a little leftover ball of Spud and Chloe Sweater which I squished joyfully in my hand, knowing I had found it: the hobby to end all hobbies.

So my first few projects as a novice knitter were made of Madelinetosh, Blue Sky Alpaca, Quince and Co. and a few other choice skeins.  I don’t mess around.  That said, I regularly receive the Knit Picks catalog (because I bought my interchangeable needles from them) and I noticed that their prices were a good bit lower. I thought I’d try it out, since the shrug I was about to start has an awesome project on ravelry made out of Knit Picks Comfy worsted, which is 75% cotton and 25%...  um, 25%...  sigh...  It’s 25% acrylic.  Not snobby.  But it is called Comfy, so it can’t be too bad, I thought.





I couldn't resist putting the beautiful knitting bag my husband gave me for Christmas in the picture. Gorgeous, right?

This shrug - my first hand knit adult sized sweater, by the way - is almost done, and the jury is still out on this yarn.  It is comfy.  But it’s a bit squeaky and...  well, flat. I can throw it in the washing machine and the dryer though, and making this shrug will have cost me about $12.  That’s kind of unbelievable.



I hope to finish the sweater in the next few days and I’ll post pics.  Right now I’m hoping that a few people other than my mom actually read this far.  If you have, thanks for stopping by!  Come back again soon - you know you want to see the finished shrug.  ;)

Many thanks to Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting for including my knitting story on her podcast and thus inspiring me to start up a blog of my own. Thanks Alana! 









17 comments :

  1. Congratulations on your new blog! It looks great! :)

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    1. I love this! My mom taught me to knit when I was little, but I haven't used it much. I tried to knit a sweater in college but didnt' follow a pattern (patterns scare me), and when I made a hat for the baby a year ago, it ended up being two sizes too small. The yarns in the background pic look so yummy- mabye I should try again! :) Anne McD

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    2. Thanks Alana! Anne - did you just describe yarn as "yummy"? You know that makes it official, right? You're officially a knitter! I learned pretty recently, but Lisa taught me how to read a pattern so I can help you if you want to go there. Patterns are great for getting something nice out of all that effort. I'll be in touch... :)

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  2. Knitty - this is a fantastic blog! Pics are wonderful and the humor...well, it's gonna bring me back for more. Oh, and the shrug, of course. ;)

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  3. Okay this is awesome, I so so so want to learn to knit. My mom got me a gift certificate for my pick of two Craftsy classes. I hope to start there, but I might need to come to you for IRL help! Okay I had no idea there is yarn snobbery, I like it! Putting you on my blog feed...glad you are here!

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    1. Wow - thanks Kacky! I would love to help you! I'll be in touch... :)

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    2. Me too!! My mom and grandmother were both excellent knitters, but I never took the time when I had a chance. I can knit a dishcloth (and I did make a little blanket for Patrick that was entirely garter stitch) but I'd love to make some things for the new baby.

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    3. That's awesome, Amy! Knitting is my new favorite obsession. I hope you can find some time to pick it up again!

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  4. I confess I too am a yarn snob. Glad to know I'm not the only one out there! Oh am I so happy to see you blogging!

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  5. Cute blog! I'm so obsessed with knitting, that if I'm not actually knitting, I'm obsessing about finding knitting blogs! I just can't get enough!

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    1. Thanks! I feel the same way about it. You're officially the first person that I don't know to comment on my blog! I have arrived! ;) (And if you follow me by email or RSS, then you won't miss a post. Just sayin... ;)

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  6. You're off to a good start! Can't wait to hear more from you.

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    1. Oh, this made my day... Thank you so much for saying that! It's one thing when your dad says it, but coming from a stranger means so much. ;) I hope you'll continue to follow my blog!

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  7. Hiya, Knitty McPurly! Yes, your picture does make you look hip. I be bookmarking your site. I have knit exactly one (1) adult size sweater, and it was a shrug too! So it's true: great minds do think alike. What can I say, I'm forever being sidetracked from the "big" projects into some insta-gratification knits like cowls, fingerliss mitts, scarves...

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    1. Thanks for this comment! Oh, me too - in fact being sidetracked is the topic of my next blog post. As soon as I can take some pictures, I'll have it up! Thanks for reading! :)

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