Sunday, January 23, 2011


I'm joining the Blue Monday party with Sally! 

 Let me go on record as saying that I hate winter. Sweaters and boots are fun for a few weeks, and then I'm over it. I've often walked by a cute knit shop, called The Yarn Cottage and admired all the beautiful yarns displayed inside. I also noticed that there were usually several ladies sitting on sofas and chairs around a coffee table, knitting. There's even a shop cat, named Tilly. I decided that I wanted to be part of that cozy scene. What a perfect way to pass the winter!

Having learned to knit in high school home-ec (a mere 40 years ago!), I hadn't picked up knitting needles since. I can still see that ugly sweater that I wouldn't have worn to a dog fight. My mother actually finished it for me the night before I had to give my teacher the finished product. My mom hadn't knit in years, but still remembered how ---or so I thought. I remember her being a bit insulted when "we" got a C-! That sweater went straight into the Goodwill bag! 

So anyway, last week, I walked  into the knit shop and told the owner that I wanted to learn to knit. I've been there almost every day since! To be perfectly honest, I'm a slow learner. I keep saying, through gritted teeth, "I'm going to learn to knit if it's the last thing I do." 

It's not the knitting and purling I have trouble with, but all the mistakes that I make. I don't know how I make them or how to fix them...very frustrating. But, I'm determined that I'm going to persevere!


This blue scarf---all straight knitting, was my first project.

 The best part of all is siting and knitting with the nicest group of ladies, and Tilly, the tortoise-shell cat, purring on the back of the sofa. What a lovely way to pass the winter!


  1. Looks to me you're doing a great Job! Your scarf looks pretty darn Great!

  2. Thanks Gerry! You're very sweet.

  3. I think you knit beautifully. I've never learned. I crochet a little though.

    Happy Blue Mondsy to you.

  4. Tracy, this is just gorgeous! I think you are donig a marvelous job with your knitting. That scarf is so pretty! I'm very impressed.

    Thanks so much for dropping by and your sweet message. I am up early trying to get some visiting in before I travel again. But I wanted to be sure and drop by to wish you a Happy Blue Monday!


    Sheila :-)

  5. That does sound like a nice way to spend some time during these cold winter days-enjoy:@)

  6. I hate winter too, and that's why I live in Florida!

    Like you, I used to knit, but never anything worth wearing.

    That scarf is gorgeous; I love the yarn!

    Happy Blue Monday, Tracy.

  7. That is a lovely way to pass the winter, and having a beautiful scarf is also a wonderful bonus!

    Kat :)

  8. What a pretty shade of blue. One of these days I will learn to knit too!
    Have a great week!

  9. I'm doing the same thing with crochet. I took one lesson at Michael's and bought a good beginner book. There isn't a yarn shop anywhere near me but I would love to be able to join one. I'm starting off with color on your scarf.

  10. I am NOT a knitter but it sounds like so much fun, especially with a shoppe kitty to keep you company! Your scarf looks great!

  11. I would join a group like that, it sounds like a bunch of fun! Just add some treats and a diet Pepsi and it's a party. Your scarf looks great too! Keep going, you will be glad you did :D

  12. Julie- Last Thursday night, we had pizza and a movie while we knitted! Great fun!

  13. Hi Tracy, Your scarf looks wonderful! Maybe you are a natural after all and your high school teacher just didn't recognize it! I remember home ec--it was terrifying. Sister did not smile, and all my disasters in the kitchen and with the sewing machine did not help. I'm actually very good at crocheting, but I CAN NOT knit--after a few rows the stitches are just so tight on the needle that I can't get the other needle in! Good luck to you in your new activity! Linda

  14. Hello! Stopping by for the first time and I am not even sure how I got here :)

    I don't knit often but was inspired to pick up my needles recently. I finished a knitted cowl and posted recently.

    Sweet place you have here!
    Kindly, Lorraine



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