Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Five Needles at Once

On a warm evening a few summers ago, the Songwriter and I stood talking outside our favourite Mexican restaurant whilst we waited for our table. My eyes kept wandering over to young girl seated nearby who happened to be knitting. With five needles at once. Now, I am no stranger to needlework - my needlepoint pillows adorn our upholstery and we sleep every night under quilts handmade by yours truly - but this seemed the most outrageously medieval activity I had ever witnessed at close range. Standing there, I progressed from furtive glances to outright stares, but could make no sense out of what she was doing. And once again, I kicked myself for never really learning to knit, and once again, I resolved afresh to learn.
Well, as I reported a few postings ago, after some expert teaching I have discovered that knitting with five needles is neither outrageous nor medieval. In fact... it’s downright fun. I have now conquered hats and cabled scarves and these days my head is often swimming with rainbows of cashmere, mohair, merino, cotton and silk, all for creations yet to be.
I can highly recommend learning something new.

As the photo shows, Edward agreed to model one of my first creations. He seems to like this particular chapeau quite a lot, but has just a bit of difficulty keeping it on!



40 comments:

  1. Looks cute on your doggie :)

    What did/do you make for yourself?

    My latest experiment was a sock -my mother always knitted socks for her children in the winter, when it was more expensive to buy than to make them. How times have changed!

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  2. Beautiful job with the hat. What type of yarn did you use? I can but assume that the texture of the fiber is as luscious as the colors in the yarn.

    Edward looks exceedingly handsome as your model.

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  3. Yes..isn't it fun! My grandmother learned me how to knit socks!I would like to do it again when I find time...
    Edward looks great:)

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  4. What a handsome cap! My daughter is one of you knitters and teaches herself all sorts of multi-needled tricks too. Good for you, learning something new.

    My wrists, alas, won't hear of it.

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  5. Did Edward learn to smile by himself or did you teach him?
    He looks so happy wearing that hat - I love your muted colours. Not sure how to knit with FIVE needles, I have only ever used four.

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  6. Edward looks very dapper in your chapeau. And might I mention that those flowers in your garden are looking especially spring-like.

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  7. Pamela.......that picture is worth a thousand words! He does appear to be the master of all! Happy knitting!

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  8. What a handsome model for such a fine hat:)

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  9. Ohhh... Edward that hat is so adorable on you!!

    I think someday I would like to pick up knitting, once I get the picture taking under my belt.

    I hope your dinner was yummy!

    Have a golden day! xoxo

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  10. How very clever of you! I love your hat and the model of course. Knitting seems to be making a comeback with so many new wool shops and supplies. It's all very inspiring.

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  11. Hello P&E,

    I wonder, Edward, do you ever grumble?!

    Knitting is something I know nothing about except for the baby mittens I knitted aged seven!

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  12. How sweet and precious indeed.
    Love and hugs

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  13. Dashing dog and a keen knitter.

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  14. Well done Pamela for stepping out of your box. I bet you'll find socks a doddle now- honest. :-)

    Beautiful colours in your hat- a lot like the Scottish highlands when the heather is starting to bloom.

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  15. He has obliginingly put out his colour matching tongue. What n artist,what a gent!

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  16. Oh Edward, what a handsome guy you are and such a wonderful model :-)

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  17. Thank you for your lovely comment over at WHat we eat!

    I love your blog, and often find myself drifting over here, via milkmoon, to see what edward did next..!

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  18. Susan says how lovey and Miss Winnie D sighs with a big ol' smitten swoon. Much love from the Gang at 29 Black Street

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  19. Wow, 5 needle knitting! I can’t imagine it. Maybe a photo? Edward is most suave!

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  20. Thank you for your kind words on my blog! What more can I say, beyond, "right back atcha"?? Your blog seems to be a sumptuous feast! I can't wait to dig in more... simply gorgeous! And Edward is certainly handsome! ;)

    Welcome!

    Thank you, again,

    Circe

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  21. That is the cutest picture of Edward yet!
    I have a secret desire to learn how to knit.
    It represents a slowing down of my life that I so desire!
    I now have an image of you and I knitting under the trees near your home with Edward, Apple and my Frasier and Bebe frolicking nearby. Divine!

    xo
    Brooke

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  22. Edward wears your pretty creation very well!

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  23. Love the pattern of this hat.. it looks as if it were knitted from the side and of course Edward is the perfect model...

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  24. amazing Pamela! - five needles at once! I can't imagine - Edward looks exotic.....LOL

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  25. As you may know, we have a group that meets to knit and it is such a wonderful way to keep knitting and learn from one another.
    Knitting with 4 or 5 needles is so fun, have you learned on circular needles?

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  26. Edward is the perfect model and looks quite the gentleman in your beautiful handiwork Pamela, xv.

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  27. Don't you look the picture Edward! What a great model you make. My mother knits tons and loves it. I have never learned but am too busy with my quilting and stitching. I keep telling myself to avoid the temptation as I don't need a new hobby...lol.

    Hugs ~
    Heidi

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  28. Wow five needles!! I knit - but with only two!! Hmmmm will have to look into that! Love the dog pic - giggle. So were you an Ewok - LOL?? My husband turned out to be Wesley Crusher - I think he wanted to be Worf. Love him anyway!! Thanks for popping by, Sarah

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  29. Hi Pamela, OMG, five needles all going at once? My Grandma tried teaching me to knit and finally gave up!!! Never could get the hang of it!
    The photo of Edward is priceless :)

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  30. Edward is too cute for his own good. He looks perfect in your creation...

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  31. oh Edward looks adorable in that hat... lovely hat too! i can't knit at all, not helped by being left handed, 5 needles would be way too much for me!

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  32. is there anything sweeter than edward in that cap ??

    xx

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  33. I think I love that hat as much as Edward does!

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  34. Your poor Wheatey! Though he is laughing at you.

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  35. Wonderful! And if you can manage two needles, five is as nothing!

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  36. oh this photo of edward made me laugh out loud. he is such a good sport and looks so dapper in the chapeau!! even the soft blue and green colors are attractive on him! a great start to my saturday morning!

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  37. I love that hat....and better still, I love Edward in that hat with matching flowers nearby.

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  38. Edward looks dashing and debonair in his cap. Lovely colors. Knitting is mainly a wintertime pasttime for me, but it's like therapy. I can actually feel my pulse slow and my breating deepen when I begin to knit. Have you experienced that too, Pamela?

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  39. Edward oh my gosh! He looks cute as the dickens in that cap!!!

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