Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Knitting: Shawls, Scarves, Shrugs and More

My brother Wayne is the one who actually got me started knitting. He learned from the nuns at Queen of the World and taught me. Later on one of nuns showed me how to purl (Wayne hadn't gotten that far yet) and then how to bind off -- which was a good thing because I made a scarf that was orange and brown that was about 9 feet long. Heaven only knows how long it would have been if she hadn't come along. 

But it wasn't until I started knitting lace that I really fell in love with knitting. I don't remember what my first lace project was but it is so addictive that I have been knitting it ever since. My first knitting book was The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps. It grew out of this blog actually when people wrote to me asking me to post the patterns for the projects I posted pictures of here. Then when ebook readers came along I published more patterns for ebook only. Maybe someday I'll combine them into a paperbook like The Mermaid Shawl. You can find the patterns on Amazon or at Some are also available through Ravelry.

I love knitting and it is the perfect accompaniment to writing. Sometimes I listen to audio books while i knit and sometimes I just think about the next writing project!

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Beautiful stuff! I think it's interesting that shawls are coming back in style. I crocheted (hope that's not a swear word) one for my SIL last year. I let her pick any pattern, and the one she picked was crochet. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

  2. I want to learn how to knit. It's one of those neat things you can do anywhere. When I was in college, several girls would bring knitting projects to do during class, because they could both listen and knit simultaneously. It made them look so cool!

  3. I knit too! I love it - it's a great way to get something done while I watch TV, and I love having something to show for it when I'm done.

  4. I am learning to crochet and finding it difficult. I always wanted to knit and crochet. One not yet down, one to go, I guess...

    Great post!


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