For our family vacation this summer, Paul and I took the kids to Massachusetts. We stayed in Salem at the
The Salem Inn in the Captain West House. The house was built in 1834 for a local sea captain. It is a beautiful Inn. While walking around Salem, we came across a wonderful yarn shop called Seed Stitch Fine Yarn Shop.
I have wanted to learn to knit for awhile now. Growing up, my Grandma Daisy always knitted everything for us. She made us hats, scarfs, afghans, slippers and sweaters as we grew. So when I stepped inside the shop I knew it was a hobby I had to learn. The Seed Stitch shop has so many great samples to inspire you.
This is the scarf my daughter Sara would like me to make her....I have some serious practicing to do first!
The shop has private lessons you can take, which was perfect for me because we were in Salem for only a week and they were able to fit me into their schedule. So on Sunday morning my daughter Ashley and I walked to the shop and had a lesson on how to knit. First thing we had to do was choose the color of yarn to start with. There were walls of yarn in every color, each more beautiful than the last one. It was very tough to choose!
We learned to cast on, knit, pearl and cast off. We also learned how to begin reading the knitting patterns. Ashley and I are knitting ribbed scarfs. It is a very good pattern for beginners but one you have to really think about while knitting. I think we made a good start of our scarfs.
This is the start of my scarf. Don't look too close there are a few mistakes, but I didn't want to pull it all out and start over. I think it is not too bad for a first project.
Here is Ashley's start on her scarf. She decided to pull out her mistakes and start over. She is doing a great job. I love the color of her scarf that she chose. It will be very cheerful on a cold winter day! Andrea Osbon was our teacher and she is very kind and patient. Now being a quilter with a serious stash of fabric, I had to ask Andrea if you can have a stash of yarn (remember, I am learning to read a knitting pattern and trying to figure out how much yarn each project will take.) Andrea smiled and said of course! Well, I just couldn't resist taking home some of their wonderful yarn for future projects.
And I even had this big old basket at home, just wanting to hold all my new yarn! Must go practice my knitting now.....please stop back soon!