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The more things change…

There are a few benefits to long-term blogging. Every day (when I think of it) I check out the “This Day in Blog History” section on my sidebar, and I read the posts that I wrote in previous years. Today I read this:

I’m not a knitter.  I’ve never been able to get the hang of the needles.  I do kind of know my way around a knitting loom, though, and when I saw Heather’s wrist warmers, the first thing I thought of was my small 24-peg knifty knitter.  The finished wrist warmers are essentially tubes, after all, and knitting looms are perfect for making tubes.

I wrote that seven years ago today.

Do you know what I was working on seven days ago? A cabled pullover sweater knit with needles. Kind of a far cry from these really awful wristwarmers 😉

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It’s a treat to be able to see clear progress like this. Now, not only do I knit with needles, but I have tried all kinds of complicated things with them and been mostly successful. (And there are still more techniques I am looking forward to trying, so this story is far from over.)

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After seven years, my projects are (generally) bigger and my tools are (generally) more versatile. I’ve gone from one skein of Red Heart Super Saver yarn and an ugly wristwarmer, to a shelving unit full of fancier fibers and a dozen or more sweaters.

Anyway, it’s always fun to revisit the old days and see how much has changed!

And also, how much things have stayed the same: I’m still spending Autumn evenings on the couch, watching TV and working a project with yarn, so…

6 thoughts on “The more things change…

  1. Lisa, I always look forward to your newest post. I hear myself saying, “oh goody” out loud when a new one pops up in my email. Thanks for sharing years past also. I’m almost finished with my SECOND sweater with your pattern Everyday Cardigan. I made them with cap sleeves and hope to have the courage to put long sleeves on number 3.This one is for my 44 year old daughter. She thought it was fantastic that I could retire from 38 years of teaching and be able to think this hard.LOL I thank you for the detailed instructions to allow my success.

    1. Hi, Chloe. I love to hear that!

      I am so glad you are having success with my pattern 🙂 Don’t be intimidated by the long sleeves. They’re mostly just more plain old knit stitches. The most challenging part of them is the fact that you have to use double-pointed needles. I have to say, the first thing I ever knit was with double-pointed needles – nobody ever told me they were supposed to be hard, and so I didn’t know to be intimidated by them. My advice? be fearless, LOL!

      Your daughter and I, by the way, are the same age! 🙂

  2. We all have to start somewhere, right?! You knit beautifully now! 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 I guess practice makes perfect pretty good!

  3. I remember your days of loom knitting and how you grew into needle knitting. I was impressed with your prolific output and then how you altered patterns to making your own. So yes, you have come a long way and it’s ben fun watching.
    thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Amanda 🙂 It surprises me how much I love knitting (and crocheting) now! I always thought I would be too impatient to spend a month on the same project. Who knew? It’s cool that you’ve been reading long enough to remember the loom!

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