knitting at last

I haven’t been knitting much lately. As you can see from previous posts, I’ve been busy. All this activity and it doesn’t even include work, which is taking up a lot of my energy these days. Between sitting at a computer, and just being dog tired at the end of the day, my needles have been still for long enough. A few things have happened in the last days to get me started again.

First, Mom finally emailed me her foot measurements. Shhh, don’t tell her but I’m going to knit her some socks. Gosh, do you think she’ll be surprised? I just couldn’t wait any longer to start them. I’ve been staring at the yarn longingly, and looking at the pattern book over and over. About a month ago I got a wild hair and ordered 3 new sock books from Amazon. As if I don’t have enough knitting inspiration in the house! But boy am I glad! I am going to knit Mom something from Sensational Socks by Charlene Schurch. I hope mine come out sensational too.

The second thing to inspire me to get those needles moving is getting in contact with some local knitters. I get the impression living here in Amsterdam, with only one very small (read: teeny tiny) knitting shop, that knitting is just not the thing here. I buy my yarn online. I surf and read knitting blogs from everywhere else in the world except NL. I get the impression that there are no knitters in Amsterdam. Except for Nancy Marchand, who I know lives here from seeing articles about her in knitting magazines since 1992! (Yes, I have every Vogue Knitting since 1988) And guess who is putting putting those sad impressions to sleep? Nancy herself.

I happened to look on knitty the other day and saw a very cool beret pattern in the latest issue of the mag. It turns out to be designed by Nancy and there was a link to her new web site on brioche knitting. From there I found an email address and dropped her a note. She wrote back to me right away and mentioned that she’s teaching a class in October at that teeny tiny yarn shop (de Afstap), in English, and to come along and meet some other English speaking knitters in the area. She also mentioned the Amsterdam branch of Stitch ‘n Bitch, which meets just down the street from where I work. Sooooo, looks like I’m not alone after all! Now THAT’s inspiration to get busy on something I can show for myself. 🙂 I’ll be hoping to meet some other knitters in the area very soon…..

This afternoon I knitted up a little swatch of something and threw it in the washing machine. It’s nice, don’t you think? (Don’t look Mom)

green swatch

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