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Friday, July 1, 2011

I solemnly swear I am up to no good (The introduction)

I’m Gabi, and I love Harry Potter. I mean, I REALLY love Harry Potter.  I also love animated Disney movies, goldfish crackers, pillow pets, robots, ninjas, turtles, narwhals, superheroes, zombies, and all things Christmas!  And this summer, I am learning how to knit!
                In fact, it is my goal that all the Christmas gifts I give this year will be homemade projects! What I’d love to do is learn how to knit a legendary Weasley Sweater! Anyone who has read Harry Potter knows that Mrs. Weasley knits a sweater for her children and Harry every Christmas. And every year, Ron’s is maroon. Who wouldn’t want one?
                But why knitting you ask? Because….
·         I can already crochet (I chain stitch like nobodies business)
·         Because all the coolest people ever know how to knit, like Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Mrs. Weasley
·         There is a book of Harry Potter knitting patterns
·         Extreme Origami didn’t work very well
·         Knitting is cool
My adventure begins when we arrive at Jo-Anns fabrics to buy yarn and knitting needles and I realize just how little I know about this stuff. Here in front of me, is about six aisles of yarn and a wall of needles that come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors. I have no idea where I’m supposed to start.
The logical answer seemed to be to ask one of the employees who happened to work in the sewing area, you know, the one where they cut fabric for you, and show you what sewing machine works best. I turn and spot one when I realize a major problem.
Even if I do ask her, she won’t understand a thing I say, because I have lost my voice. How on earth am I supposed to ask which needles to buy if I sound like a broken rubber ducky?  What is this madness? Just as I thought all hope was lost, something catches my eyes.
It’s large, bulky and awkwardly packaged with several small, shiny pointy things encased in plastic. Is it what I think it is? Could it be? It is! It’s a beginners knitting kit
It even comes with the correct needles
With the kit in my shopping cart I had a new found confidence. I browsed several books containing knitting patterns for things like hats, scarves, socks and even sweaters. Finding a few I liked and buying one that shows the knitter how to make stuffed animals I decided it was time to choose my yarn.
Little Knitted Creatures: 26 amigurumi Designs by Amy Gaines

The thing about yarn is that some of it is really soft, like little bits of cloud that you can weave, knot, twist and tie into anything you want. And some of it is about as soft as a lumberjack’s beard, which is to say, isn’t very soft at allI found some yarn that I liked, and we left. And so, as I finish writing this post, which is much shorter than I anticipated it would be, I contemplate my next great challenge: getting that annoying plastic of my beginner’s kit and teaching myself to knit!

My Beautiful new yarn!

Wish me luck :)

~Mischief Managed

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