With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Pretty Baby and Continental Knitting

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pretty Baby and Continental Knitting

I don't know this little one in person but her momma gave me permission to post photos she had done by a professional photographer of baby Casey's 1st Birthday. I am honored that Casey is wearing one of my beanies!

She has the softest, sweetest little face with beautiful eyes!
I love this expression.
I have closed my Etsy shop and put my crochet hooks aside for awhile. I have a pinky finger that is following the path my parents fingers have taken. It seems twisted and crocked fingers with bumpy knuckles just might run in the family and after a year of intense crocheting, I have seen a significant change in shape and discomfort.

But I can still knit and have a couple of projects in the works.
The scarf above is simply done in all knits which seems to suit this Soft Boucle nicely.
The pattern in the scarf above is one of my favorites. It is worked in an easy 2x3 Rib Stitch making it so warm and snugly. There are many variations of the Rib Stitch and in a few days I'll share a couple of patterns with you.

My mom is of German descent and she learned Continental Knitting (also called German or European Knitting). We do not throw the yarn as many people do.
Here is a terrific video demonstrating this method of knitting. If you are a crocheter, you will take easily to knitting this way. It is the way I knit and cast on.

Continental Knitting Demo:
The Long-Tail Cast On

8 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Love the cute beanie and the darling baby...good site but I'd need someone to sit down by me and be patient! LOL :D

Ann said...

what a beautiful little baby and she looks adorable in your beanie.
I never could get the hang of knitting although I did teach myself how to crochet a couple years ago.

Christy said...

I think I am just destined to be a crocheter. I just can't get the knitting. :( I watched this video over and over agin but it just isn't turning out right. I did figure out how to knit the regular way in the mean time but it isn't turing out very well and seems much slower than crochet. I really want to do it so I am going to keep trying. It seems like knitting projects are more diverse than crochet.
Do you think there is a different way to crochet as well for those with arthritis? I inurjured my shoulder really bad about a month ago because I didn't reazlie that I was holding a lot of tensions there when I was crocheting. Trying to be more careful about that now. :)

Mildred said...

Casey is a beautiful little girl and your hat is just right for her photo shoot.

You take good care of your hands Lorraine. I love the knit scarf.

The Watts Family said...

Oh how sweet those pictures are!! You made wonderful hats .....sorry to hear your finger is giving you trouble may I suggest Dr. Christopher's complete bone and tissue it is an herbal rub worked very well on my recent neck injury...sounds like it is time for a new season for you now! I look forward to seeing some more of your knitting the scarf is lovely and I am sure it will be just as fabulous as the hats you made and all that good food you cook and all that paper you twirl into those wonderful shapes!! So talented you are ;)~Blessings Love Heather

Susan Wicker said...

Darling baby photos, ldh. Just darling. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

onelovelygurl05 said...

The beanie is as adorable as the little girl. I intend to learn how to knit or crochet this year.

OmAbdullah said...

Oh that is just absolutely gorgeous! She is soo cute ! Loving your knitting. I've never tried, but i've tried so many other crafting things and failed, the only one that stuck with me was scrapbooking ;)

Beautiful blog :)

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