Today is a slow day for me. A very lazy day with not much to do. So I decided to crack open a cookbook an make some cookies. So I grab the book that is the guide book to my spirit animal. “Eat Like a Gilmore” by Kristi Carlson.
I decided to make the rocky road cookies. They looked good in the show and they sounded good today so why not.
The recipe calls for the cookie sheets to be lined with parchment paper. Well, I didn’t have that at first, and I barely had aluminum foil. Absolutely needed parchment paper… The first batch was a little rockier than I had anticipated. They stuck to the foil.
So, I then sent my husband to the store to get parchment paper. They started to look better after that. Now that I’m making cookies from the book it’s time to watch some Gilmore Girls an knit. I have to get caught up on my temperature blanket and finish my shawl from my yarn box.
Dinner tonight is one of my favorite foods. It’s something my mom used to make especially when it was cold out. Tomato soup and dumplings. A great way to end a great day!
So excited to announce that I’m now the proud owner of 12 more cakes of yarn.
I’m so excited. With as much yarn as I have I really should be ashamed. Let’s be very clear, I’m not, but I should be.
It’s so soft. I just have to figure out what I want to do with it.
I need to work on finding the perfect pattern for it. Ravelry here I come!
When I started knitting I was very young and didn’t know anything and it was very frustrating, and to top it off I didn’t have all the resources we do now like Ravelry and Youtube. We’re so lucky to have these now!
There are a few blogs that go over what they wish they knew when they started knitting and crocheting. So I wanted to make my own list.
- Learn to read patterns!
I wish I learned how to read patterns and shorthand sooner. There were so many projects I wish I could have made but I never learned to read patterns until just a couple years ago. I felt like a total moron when I finally figured it out.
- Frogging yarn is NOT failure!
Frogging (ripping out) your projects is not failure. Sometimes it’s better to frog and start over than to continue on. It is disappointing, especially if you put a lot of time and energy into the project. I’ve cried over pulling my project apart before. I know I will again. But, I promise, it is NOT ever a failure.
- Sometimes it is more stress than relief.
This kinda goes along with number 2. Learning a new stitch or trying to complete a project by a certain date is stressful. Trying to explain to your family, friends, and coworkers why this is so much fun after you spent the last 30 minutes swearing at your project is stressful. All the stress is worth it. When you finally get the stitch down or finish the project is becomes worth all of the stress.
- Pintrest is a dangerous place.
This is more humorous than serious. I, personally, spend way too much time on this site. This is the reason why I have so many WIPs. It is one of the best sites to find new stitches or new project ideas. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with way too much on your plate at one time. With that being said though, it’s one of my favorite sites.
- Youtube is a great resource.
I have learned more new stitches from Youtube than any other site. There are tons and tons of tutorials to help with your crochet and knitting projects. Also, tons of CAL and KAL (crochet along and knit along respectively).
- Get involved in the community.
You’ll find tons of places from Ravelry to The Crochet Crowd to talk to fellow fiber artists. We love to talk and help as much as we can. There are free patterns and you might find a get together near you where you’d be able to go and actually meet people who have the same interests you do.
Anyone have anything they would like to add? Please comment what you wish you knew when you were learning to knit or crochet.
New projects thanks to my ever growing pintrest finds. I love that app so much but good god does it mean that I now have new projects in my life.
The start of a 10 stitch blanket.
I’m already loving how this yarn is working out for this blanket.
My yarnbox has also been shipped. I’m so excited to get it. I’ll post about it when I get it. I should have it next weekend.
Anyway. That’s all for now. Happy knitting.