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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


There is something up in the "It's Never Too Late To Learn Something New" Department:

I am learning to do this:

So that eventually, I can make this:

I have been a happy hooker (ahem...crocheter) for many years, but never attempted to make anything other than hats, scarves, felted mittens, blankets and a couple of cowls.  Then I met my friend Deirdre.  She is an accomplished knitter and makes it look so effortless as she dashes off sweaters, scarves, shawls and hats.  I really wanted to learn to knit, after seeing her creations.  So she offered to teach me. At first, I was all thumbs, slowly bringing the yarn around and trying, as she instructed, to make the needles do the work.

Finally, I got the hang of knitting (not purling - that will be the next lesson)!

So, she says, once I can knit and purl, I can make this sweater.  It is simply a question of knitting all the pieces and putting them together, she says.  I can do it, she says.  I hope so, because I have a whole box of blackberry colored yarn (gorgeous yarn from Knit Picks, by the way) and since Deirdre has such faith in me, I must have faith in myself.  I can't wait to get started on the sweater, but first, I must become a proficient knitter and purler.  

It is never too late to learn something new!


  1. Oh Paula..good for you! I agree, it is never too late. I also need to get to the needles and someday I will.
    Good to see you again. Enjoy your new skill. xo

  2. It looks wonderful. I have been having a hankering to pick up some yarn and do some knitting.
    I need to ask my DIL to give me lessons. I think I would enjoy learning something new as well.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  3. You will make a beautiful sweater. I learned to knit when I was 14. Crocheting seemed much more difficult. Also, I find that it is easier to knit a piece of clothing than it is to crochet.

    Good luck!

  4. Paula
    Look forward to seeing it when you're done!
    With a friends help I'm sure you'll accomplish it.

  5. Good for you! I knit and crochet and they both have something to offer. Sometimes a project looks better knitted, sometimes crocheted, now you will have all the options you need.
    Have fun,

  6. Hi Paula! I am a new reader... I love the yarn! I recently learned to knit, I was always a crocheted too, and I do love to knit! The sweater pattern is gorgeous! I haven't tried a sweater yet, but you are inspiring me! Good luck!

  7. I love to knit, congratulations on learning to knit!


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