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November 19, 2005


Your knitting looks great! Maybe you need some nice beginner Japanese craft books to help you along? I'm sorry you've been under a lot of stress lately. I think the Mexico vacation will be really good for you. It really helps to just get away from everything sometimes. Your mother wouldn't tell you to go if she really believed your grandfather didn't have much time left. Besides, you had a nice conversation with your grandparents, and they know you love them. Maybe give your grandfather a call before your Mexico trip and let him know you will see him SOON.

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Good to know that your kitty is better.
Your knitting looks great, keep it up, it's addictive!

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I'm very close to my grandmother as well and would have the same difficulties as you deciding to leave or not.

As for knitting...I'm an avid knitter. Some of my favorite books for beginers are: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville (She has two others in the same series that are also must haves). And although it's a kids' book, Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick. It has toys in it and even a doll pattern. You may be able to find both of these books at your local library.

I am so sorry about your grandfather. My grandparents raised me, and it was very painful when my grandpa passed away. *hugs*

Sorry to hear about your grandfather! I hope he (and you) will be ok. Hope the kitty gets well soon, too.
Beautiful knitting! Love the colour of your yarn. For a beginner's project, a striped scarf will actually be great. Choose a medium thick yarn in a sturdy quality(easier to keep your gauge), and your favourite colours. The stripes make your progress more visible and add some motivation(just one more stripe...) Felted hot pads are also a good idea. I'll mail you instructions if you want to. Good luck!

i hope your grandfather can find some peace and comfort soon and that you can enjoy your time away with jerry and brynne. your knitting looks lovely, especially that yummy color!

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, but good for you for not letting the stress get you down! Good job on your very first knitting! I'm the type that jumps in over my head right away, so I can't help you out on beginner's books. Take care!

yay for knitting! please hang in there, kelly. i am thinking about you!!

I'm just learning to knit too and I found an awesome website online that actually has free videos you can watch to perfect your stitches. Its SOOOO helpful. It also has s ton of easy beginners projects, that are not all just scarves. Good luck and feel better!

Oops, I forgot to post the address: www.knittinghelp.com

I am so proud of your knitting!!! It looks very good so far!!

sounds like this is a good time to start knitting -- the feel of the yarn and needles (especialy bamboo) can be a great stress reliever, i think. sending lots of positive thoughts your way! glad the kitty's better.

your stitches look great. some of my favourite beginning knitting books are knitter's almanac by elizabeth zimmermann, world of knitted toys by kath dalmeny, either of deb stoller's books, and the older mon tricot or mccalls toy knitting books. there's a new one out called "new knits on the block" by vickie howell that sounds like fun, but i haven't checked it out yet. enjoy!

Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I know how hard it can be when a loved one is ill.

Your knitting looks great! One of these days I hope I'll figure out how to do it too!

Yay for kitty getting better! Now it's your grandfather's turn!

About the knitting, I think it looks great and it is definitely an addiction! As cliche as this is, I really suggest the Stitch and Bitch book. I learned everything from that and I still use it as a reference for just about everything. What's nice about it is it's set up so you learn a skill and then practice it with a pattern. The whole book is not like that, but the intro part is, so that's good! I'll have to look around some more because I'm sure I must have some other suggestions. Maybe if you're giving anyone some bath products for Christmas, you could knit a washcloth to go with it! That's just a square, so that would be good and quick!

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