Monday, November 13, 2006

Just another Manic Monday

I wish it were Sunday (especially next Sunday since we're out of school for a week!).

Sadly, I have no knitting photos for you today, due to the darkness before leaving the house, and upon returning. Daylight Savings Time really screws with my picture taking abilities. And it's not even late in the year yet. Gah.

Instead of regale you with tales of the weekend purging and scrubbing and knitting(!), I'll wait until I have pictures to share.

But I do have a question for all ye expert types out there (and well, anyone with an opinion really). I gifted the cupcake hat and the cute momma didn't realize it was a handknit. (In all the excitement - and with three kids helping her open her gifts - she missed the note.) Then, on Friday, during our inservice, she met one of my dear knitty friends Kerri (fellow art teachers they are). And Kerri mentioned that I *probably* made the hat. Art teacher was astounded, and immediately, upon her return to school, pulled me into her room. She's a crocheter. She wants to learn to knit. What beginning books/patterns for baby items do I recommend? She has used some of Erika Knight's crochet books, but says they have received mixed reviews on Amazon. I didn't knit any baby items as a beginner, so I'm not sure what's "easy" enough. I do think she'll catch on quickly (she already understands one tool!), but the wee one is due in a few weeks (and she's already having Braxton-Hicks), so something quick and easy is the ticket.

What do you think? Let me know, and I'll pass them along. Thanks!


  1. I would teach her how to make dishcloths. A simple garter stitch to start with. What could be better than no patterns and no gague to fool with.

    I start my kids with dishcloths. It's the best way to learn the knit stitch. A hank of varigated yarn keeps the interest level high.

    Since she is familiar with the ways of yarn she should be able to pick it up pretty quick.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

  2. How about a top down sweater. She understands a lot already by being a crocheter, no reason to start with something so simple, and she'll be much more motivated to finish a sweater! Any of the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns would be great.

  3. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners - I HIGHLY recommend the patterns in this book. As a newby myself (just started knitting around labor day), I really liked the way the book was set up as it has progressively more difficult patterns. Not only do you get to learn new techniques with each project, but you get some really sweet knits. I've done two projects so far from the book and they look pretty good (if I do say so myself) :)

    Good luck!

  4. A simple baby hat might be a good starting point. Or a bib or the kimono from MDK.

  5. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Knitting for Baby is a great book. It has a simple garter stitch hat and simple garter stitch booties. I made the hat while pregnant and finished it the one night my daughter stayed in the hospital without us. It was one of my first finished projects.

    P.S. I found you on Laura's blog. Somewhere. Somehow.