Nice & Knit.

I have 4 very creative sisters. They decorate, inspire, and make beautiful things with their hands. One of them does intricate tatting work. They can cook like you read about. One of them paints – as in, on canvas. They all have a whole lot of talent. And all of them are expert knitters. Except me.

Knitting has long intimidated me. And although I wanted to eventually learn, I was afraid to, thinking I would either fail miserably or I would love it so much that it would interfere with time I should be studying. Plus, if all of my sisters knit, I was sure to somehow reap the benefits. Which is the case with a beautiful gift I received from our Yankee Swap. Over Christmas, our whole Ryan family (except for 4 of us who live in IL) went to Vermont for a snowy, memorable getaway. And during that time, 3 of my sisters were on hand to teach me the intricacies of the knitted stitch. On New Year’s Eve, my dear friend taught me how to purl. After all that, I was hooked.

Since that time, I have made lots of mistakes and am definitely a novice, but the process is so relaxing and enjoyable. In other words, study time for this spring semester may be affected in some way…

It’s nice to have 3 of my sisters close-by to help out when I drop a stitch or completely misunderstand the pattern. (Nice for me; not sure how much they enjoy my mistakes.) Better still, I can get my dose of inspiration and ideas from Kara and Katie’s new blog, Nice & Knit. Their daily posts are beautiful and full of creativity, the whole blog a happy place of DIY-goodness — so good they have already been featured by Vogue Knitting. As in Vogue Vogue. Yup.

Here are some posts from Nice & Knit, to get you started. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you stopped by!

Hand Felted Slippers


Faded Jeans Hat

Alpine Throw




January 9, 2012 - 9:37 am

Kate - Wow! Your scarf is looking fabulous! Thanks for the kind words.

January 9, 2012 - 9:37 am

Colleen - Awesome Job Betsy! I am so proud of you! Keep it up. Isn’t it fun?

January 9, 2012 - 9:49 am

Betsy - Thanks, Katie and Coll!

January 9, 2012 - 9:50 am

Kara - Thanks for the post, Betsy you’re doing great. I’m pretty sure that in a short time you’ll be an expert.

January 9, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Sheila - Definitely agree with you…it’s both relaxing and enjoyable and a bit addicting!
I am a daily visitor to Nice and Knit…enjoying that site as well as yours.

January 9, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Donna - I think your 4 very creative sisters have another sister who is also very creative! You now have added knitting to all your other talents and it looks like you’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work, Betsy! Thanks for letting us know about the Nice and Knit blog. I checked it out and I think I’ll be visiting it daily!

January 10, 2012 - 8:06 am

Resolutions « - [...] I was working on Stripe Study here.  I’m happy to report it was completed & blocked last night, so I’m all wrapped up in it today! Thank you BetsyJo for the photo and the post on Nice & Knit! [...]

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