Seeking Courage to Cast On

ponchoSo I did something pretty scary today — I bought knitting needles in size 0. This might not seem so frightening at first but here’s the thing, when it comes to knitting, I like things chunky, textural, and done quickly. When I first learned to knit I was really discouraged because the pattern we did in my knitting class was for an adult-sized sweater. I never finished it. It was meant to be simple but that made it boring and there was a lot of knitting to do to get it done — especially when I had to watch every stitch. I gave up for a while and about a year later decided to make a baby hat knit on size 10 or so needles. Then I made some baby ponchos and finally felt comfortable to tackle something on a needle size in the single digits. Still, the smallest needles I ever really use are 6 or 7. I do own a pair of 5 but rarely use them.

But, last week I went into a local yarn shop — not my favorite one, but close to home — to look for a pattern for a baby bonnet. Tristan will be dedicated at church on Mother’s Day and I want to make a bonnet for him to wear. Finding a pattern was a little bit difficult because I wanted to avoid anything too lacy — the men in the family (although not Stefan) are already balking that I would put a bonnet on a boy — but in the end I settled on a pattern by Dale of Norway in book Number 135. There are a number of gorgeous patterns in this book but I think I’ll start with the bonnet (Photo Credit: Dale of Norway from Dalegarn NR 135; at left) and see how that goes before I buy yarn for any of the other garments.

So anyway, today I dropped Katie off at preschool and headed to my favorite local yarn shop (about 20-30 minutes away) to buy yarn, needles, and get some instruction from Bob. Bob is the owner of the shop and an accomplished knitter/crocheter/needleworker and he also yarn and size 0 needleshappens to be male — something Stefan finds quite strange. Anyway, he is always able to help me decipher patterns and help me fix mistakes. He has even complimented me on my stitching — which is very nice, considering.

After picking out pale blue baby ull yarn (the colorway is actually called gray) I picked out size 0 and size 2 INOX circular needles — I think they look more like two toothpicks on a wire. So now I just need the courage to cast on….


3 Responses to “Seeking Courage to Cast On”

  1. 1 Shirley April 26, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Those babies are beautiful…and they’re blessed someone loves them enough to create sweet clothes for them.

    In God’s grace,


  2. 2 jamie January 2, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Just searching on google and found your site. It was ranked fairly high on google to. Anyway just looking around to see why.

  3. 3 Sara Knowles March 10, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Hi –

    I am desparately seeking the pattern book Dale Gran #135 – and you reference it. Any chance you still have it and I could buy it from you? My youngest was born with some serious problems, and after a NICU stay, a 7 day hospital stay, two prolonged stays at the PICU at Stanford, she’s really improved – at 7 months she is a darling. I really want to make her something from this pattern book for her first birthday, but I better start now. Any chance you could help me out?

    Thank you.

    Sara Knowles
    530 570 7002 (cell)

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