April 2, 2014

Starting Simple

It's been a busy week around here.  Not much time for creating.  The house has been on the market for a week and we've had six appointments so far.  No phone calls this morning yet but the day is still young.  It's been a bit stressful and tiring but in those few moments of down time and relaxation I've managed to sneak in a little bit of knitting. 
I ordered this book from Amazon.  It's called Itty Bitty Hats.  I am a beginning knitter and this book has several beginner hat patterns in it.  A friend recommended it to me and I'm glad I bought it because it has lots of cute hats for me to practice on.  And the book says...I am starting simple.  This is the first pattern in the book and it's designed to be super simple for beginners like me.  
 It wasn't such a simple start for me though.  I've started this hat three times.  I first started it in pink.  Got a little ways then I ripped it out because of too many ugly mistakes.  Second time I got even further but made a couple mistakes and ripped it out again.  Third time I started it with this soft white yarn and I was thrilled when I made it all the way up without a single mistake.  Can I just say...I love knitting in the round.  I like being able to knit continuously without stopping to switch hands and turn everything around.   I made it all the way to the point where I have to start using double pointed needles.  I didn't find the ones I needed at our local store so I ordered them online.    Now I have to wait a few days to finish it. 
It's a beautiful Spring day today.  80 degrees with just a slight breeze.  As you can see in the photo, none of our trees have a single leaf on them.  We haven't had any rain and everything looks dry and dead still.  We got the March winds but... where's the April rain?
I'll leave you with this photo of our dog Penny crashed out on the floor in front of the door.  This is her daily morning routine. She lays here for hours soaking in the vitamin D. 
Silly dog.


  1. My two boys are just the same finding a sunny or warm spot near a radiator and sleeping the day away. Hope you have success with your viewings.

  2. Wow....your hat is looking awesome and delicate.Is the book a great help?.....Lovely hat.Happy knitting ;)

  3. First I have to say ~ I LOVE PENNY!!! I have 2 weenie dogs you know! Sophie and Phoebe.
    Nothing quite like them, is there?!!
    You are doing a beautiful job with your hat. I have had this same book for ages. It's a great one to start with.
    Knitting in the round is my favorite thing to do.
    Keep it up Girl!
    Good Job!!!!!!
    Oh! Good luck with the house!!!!

  4. It must be a good sign if you have had so many enquiries about your house! I hope that you find a buyer soon - but not before you get to appreciate the leaves coming out on your trees for just a little bit!! xx

  5. Thanks for sharing Mrs Beca...I just oredered the book.I love to knit more in the round....the little I have learned is more in the round and I like it better.I guess this book will help me too.Thanks.Your dog is so beautiful...I have 2 ...a wippet (mini Italian Geyhound) and a chihuahua full of fur them.Good luck with the house....hoping you can sell it soon.

  6. Love knitting in the round too. You could always knit it a tiny bit too tall, then bind off and tie a ribbon around the top. That'd be cute too.:) Happy knitting!

  7. The hat is going to be beautiful, it looks very neat and intricate the way you're knitting it. I love that photo of your dog, she looks very happy in the sunshine.

  8. Penny and I would make great partners. I would dearly enjoy lying in the sun with her. Wishing good luck with your house and the move.

  9. Your little hat will be beautiful !!! Your Penny knows what it's good !
    Have a nice day !

  10. I am coveting Penny's warm sunny spot!! You are doing wonderful on your knitting project. I so want to learn, but am finding it so difficult to work those pointed needles together and use two hands holding the needles!

  11. Monísimos guapa, un beso y buena semana.

  12. Your hat is looking perfect Beca!.... How gorgeous is your Penny...she certainly seems to know how to take life in her stride! :-)
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  13. Hi Beca, I think you hat is turning out lovely, it makes want to start knitting again. And your dog is super adorable sun bathing.

    Have a nice weekend!

    P.S. Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comment on my last post. I greatly appreciate it.

  14. Hi Beca, wow I love the way the hat looks so far and I know it will look beautiful when finished. I think your dog Penny is so cute and my dog loves laying in the sun too. You are so lucky to have warm weather. We have weather in the 50's here. I hope your house sells soon and good luck with everything. Have a nice Sunday.


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