A Thursday Evening

And so it begins, my first blog. Well to begin with, I am in the early formation process with the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals (AKA Conventual Franciscans). I am also am a full-time college student. So the reason I started knitting was because I wanted something to do during the few pockets of time that I had. When I went home for the Christmas break I felt so useless just filling my time in front of the tube. So I picked up a Teach-Yourself Kit, which I was wee bit embarrassed to take to the check-out counter to be perfectly honest. Since then, I have made three scarves and a hat, but half-way through my third scarf I discovered that I had been doing my knit stitches wrong! The scarves still came out decent, but were litterred with twisted stitches. I have now, thank God, learned the correct knit stitch, and am working on a red scarf with my first cable, and some indistint piece of work on size 8 circular needles - not knitted in the round though, I've yet to master that skill. It will hopefully be a prayer shawl or something like that.
Truly I feel like I'm surrounded by the Itzhak Perlmans and Da Vincis of knitting in this community, and hope to learn a lot here. I recently bought the book "Knitting with Balls", but have not attempted any patterns from it for a number of reasons: no time, materials, or necessary skills. However, all in good time I say. I don't knit with wool (although I wish I could), because I don't know where to find it, but from the kinds of yarn I've tried Caron Simply Soft Eco is my favorite brand, and Spring Moss my favorite color. I enjoy kitting at the park, Starbucks, or on long car rides, but most of all, during my Thursday night ritual: watching a thought-provoking movie and knitting. And I'll be doing just that now.
Pax et bonum,


vsidart's picture

We're delighted to add you to our little family!
Some of the nicest (and most handsome!) people you'll ever meet!

Peace and all good things,

SpazticMagic's picture

Aww, Eric, you flatter us. ^_^ Welcome aboard indeed Ian. Sounds like you've got a full plate but there's always room for needles and yarn...or that's the rumor. Look forward to hearing more from you, and perhaps even seeing some of those projects!

chipsir's picture

May I add my welcome as well, you have choosen well this is the finest group of people on the net. There is a wealth of information on here all you need do is ask and you will recieve as much help as you need and as often as you wish. Good luck, happy knitting and yes, how about some pic's of your work!!!!!!

albert's picture

Welcome, Friar! As for knitting with anything but wool, pleased be advised that this act constitutes a cardinal sin (but I'm a yarn snob, not a theologian.)

MMario's picture

As a friar, in consideration of the long history of monastic vows of poverty, I am sure the Knitting Pope will grant a dispensation.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

ksmarguy's picture

ahhh, but even then there are ways to sup on the nicer yarns if you are one to stay away from plastic yarn flagellation... St. Knitpicks does have very nice wool yarns at prices that nun can complain about.

I know, awful, but what do you expect, I just got up three minutes ago...

Welcome, Ian, This is indeed a wonderful site.

New York Built's picture

I've worn chastity and obedience down to the nubbins. Poverty is all I have left...'cept for my occasional lapses into apostasy.

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

MMario's picture

Welcome! You do indeed flatter us. There are a lot of guys here who have only recently taken up knitting, so don't think it's just an Old Boys Club full of experienced knitters. And even those of us who have been knitting for mumblety years learn new thing almost daily - and quite often from "beginners"

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

crmartin's picture

Welcome to MWK, so glad to have you aboard!



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome indeed! Always glad to have more fellows join us. We are a mixed bag of knitters but we all have fun as we explore this grand obsession known as knitting. (I would use "hobby" but that doesn't do justice to the art/craft.)-- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Welcome from a fellow friar!

As far as vows go, many see these activities (knitting and crochet) as practical and useful. Thankfully.

Rudolf (aka Tortielover)

Kerry's picture

Welcome to MWK.