Once again, it’s that time of year!

Happy knitaversary to me,

Happy knitaversary to me,

Happy knitaversary, dear Grumpy,

Happy knitaversary to me!

And many more!

Yes, my friends, it’s been two years since I learned to knit, and it’s once again time for a celebration! Last year I entertained you with some truly hideous beginner swatches, and this year will be no different. I’ve got a shopping bag full of them, each one more “precious” than the next.

Here we have a marvel of artwork, complete with a huge hole, a very long float, and the use of two colors. What was I learning – intarsia, stranding, short rows? Who the hell knows! Do you spot the twisted stitches? Every freakin’ wrong-side row.

Here I practice the delicate balance of twisting stitches while making gigantic holes. Also, casting on too tightly. Everyone needs to know how to cast on too tightly. I’m so gifted.

Check it out – stranding! But, oh, the floats are all wrong and the stitches, twisted. However, I remember being pretty darn pleased with myself after making that swatch. I figured, start with little white triangles, move to Starmore designs next.

One of my first cabling attempts: so pretty, yet so… immature. And twisted.

And just to demonstrate that I’m not a one-trick monkey, here is another attempt at crochet. Just look at that and try to tell me that it’s not marvelous. Just try! I’m Queen of the Hook!

I’m pretty pleased with the way my second year of knitting has turned out. I feel I’ve learned so much, refined my technique, got to a point where the physical stitchery was no longer the limiting factor. Rather, the fit, the fabric, the line, the design keep my mind buzzing now.

I designed a few things, re-designed many others, learned to spot and correct pattern mistakes, acknowledged myself as a process knitter through and through, firmly formulated my ideas about sweater fit (negative ease, anyone?). I dared myself to undertake more and more challenges with each project, created a satisfactory amount of havoc and trouble, even knit a few hats!

I became more engrossed in the knitblogging community, participated in many exchanges, made new friends around the world. It’s all been very good. I see no limit, I do not feel like I know it all, I keep pushing and pulling and biting my pencils and marking up charts, and writing and knitting and frogging, then knitting some more, and reading and being affected, influenced, inspired… and thinking. Always thinking, always up to something, at least in my head. So, cheers, everyone! Here’s to another year of happy knitting!


133 thoughts on “Once again, it’s that time of year!

  1. pixie

    are you going to SAFF in october? I’m looking forward to it! I can’t believe you have been knitting only 2 years!! wow! I’m within full 2 years now, + some months. You’re a natural! I am not, but that doesn’t mean I give up easily. I love to knit, I just seem to have a bit harder time of it then some. I’m to picky lol! Congrats!

  2. CatBookMom

    Congratulations! You’ve become a fabulous knitter and inspiration to so many others. I’m glad to know you.

  3. Ginny

    Since I’m also up knitting and blogging, and I clicked over here (a daily ritual for me!), I wanted to be the first to wish you a Happy Knitaversary!!

    It’s inspiring to see that you’ve only been knitting two years, and I look up to you as someone who is incredibly experienced and talented. You gave me some great advice on the twisted stitches (thank you, Annie Modesitt!), and I appreciate reading about all of your adventures in yarn.

    Keep it up!!

  4. Ashley

    Happy knitaversary! I do not mean to sound cheesy at all when I say that you are an inspiration–this August will be my 4th knitaversary, and I can only form vague aspirations to have the kind of dedication and attention to detail you bring to everything you knit. (And the ability to just let go when that’s what’s called for–I giggled over your SSK comment over at Nona’s the other day.) Knit on Grumperina! (But maybe leave the intarsia to the pros…)

  5. Shelley

    Happy Knitaversary! You have come so far and so quickly. I have a few (lots) of “What was I doing?” bits of things, some still on the needles. I think it keeps me humble.

  6. Lauren

    On my 2nd knitaversary, I was still using Red Heart and unsure of how to seam properly! I think it’s safe to say you’ve had the most design success of anyone in the first 2 years of knitting, ever.

  7. Jeanie

    FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! You have only been knitting for TWO years, you were born to knit. All of your work is so refined and you know so many techniques (can you send me some of that knitting mojo)? Anyway, I better get knitting and Happy Kniaversary!

  8. Vicki

    You’ve come a LONG WAY in 2 years. I’ve been knitting about that long and I haven’t even knit a real life sweater yet. Guess that stuff about developing at your own pace is right πŸ™‚

  9. Jocelyn

    Congrats, Kathy. I cannot believe you have only been knitting for 2 years. Obviously a latent gene has come out. Incredible.

  10. Angie

    WOW! You’ve been knitting only 2 years. Bravo, excellent, you are so very talented and accomplished. Thanks for sharing your progress and your blog with us.

  11. Toby

    Wow! It is truly amazing what you’ve accomplished in 2 years. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. Could you ever have imagined the wild success of the Jaywalker? It is an unstoppable force and in honor of it I have finished my 2nd pair.

    You have my permission to use one of my photos in the gallery. http://www.rlshome.com/toby/knit29.htm

  12. Christina

    Your swatches look like mine- I twisted my purl stitches also in the beginning. I also didn’t know you had to turn your work, so I knit with the RS always facing me. Needless to say, my adventures with ribbing and moss stitch was really confusing then. My first project was some Fun Fur scarf which I “bound off” about 4 am on Christmas morning by running some of the yarn through all the stitches. My mom still wears it, painfully enough.

  13. Wendy

    Excellence is achieved only through hard work, more hard work and then some. You (and a few others) are inspirational and also good for a laugh. I always enjoy reading through your trials, tribulations and success stories.

  14. Joanna

    Hee, I wish I had saved all my old swatches like that… but alas, they are all in a dumpster somewhere (where no one can prove I had anything to do with them). And I hear you on the negative ease – that was like a lightbulb moment for me – negative does not mean bad! Anyway, happy knitaversary!!

  15. Jan

    You’ve only been knitting for 2 years & you’ve come THIS far!! I need to go have a lie down or maybe read a knitting book. (sigh)

    Happy Knitaversary!

  16. soy un perdedor

    So it’s my second knitaversary next month, and I’m feeling just a tiny bit outdone. Good thing you are so darn likeable…cheers to your ridiculously massive success.

  17. Captain

    (to “Happy Birthday”)

    Happy knitaversary to you

    You’ve learned much, it’s true

    You’re a real inspiration

    Grateful knitters thank you!

  18. Martha (another one)

    I think that there needs to be a new measure for knit-years, like there are pack-years for smokers. If you smoked a pack a day for 10 years, that’s 10 pack-years. If you smoked 3 packs a day for 5 years, that’s 15 pack-years.

    Happy Knitaversary! (NOT to be confused with Knit-averse!)

  19. Bryn

    Congrats!! You’re being awfully hard on yourself. You started out making all the mistakes everyone dones and have gone on to do all kinds of cool stuff! And the very best thing about knitting is that you’ll never know it all–there’s always something new to learn or a new way to do what you already know. So, hold those two (or more) pointy sticks high and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!! (Well, maybe put the sticks down firs!)

  20. April

    Congrats on your 2 year Knitaversarry! I can’t beLIEVE I’ve been knitting longer than you! (even if it is only a few months) You really ARE a genius! =)

  21. Bryn

    This is your (well, my) brain on not enough caffeine–“dones” should be “does” and “firs!” should be “first!”

    Must go drink much Coke now….

  22. Floor

    Happy knitaverary. I knit for 22 years now and I really can’t do what you are doing. You are a wonderchild!

  23. Bettina

    What you have done in two years is so much more than what I have done in the X years I have known how to knit (I have not knit actively during all years)! I make my own modifications and things but I most certainly have not ventured into the land of self-designs. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a mother of a 2YO DS and a 4YO DD, who take most of my time, but nonetheless…

  24. Sue F.

    You’ve come a long way in a very short time! I think your science background is showing in the way you analyze a pattern and redo it to suit yourself. Keep knitting!

  25. Camilla

    Happy Knitaversary! Wow, I can’t believe you’ve only knit for two years! I have too and I’m not nearly as good as you are…

  26. Denice

    Happy Knitaversary! I love reading your blog, and it’s good to see how far you’ve come in 2 years. Makes me feel like I’ll be doing something exciting by that time (let’s hope).

  27. Mari

    you’ve been knitting 2 years – yeah, right – as if someone believes that!


    Happy Knitaversary!

  28. Beth

    Oh good grief, you’ve managed all of this in 2 years?! Crap, I’ve been knitting for 5 and have only just completed my first pair of socks (although I’ve nearly done a second-Jaywalkers of course). Mind you, I did go adolesence in those 5 years which was something of a distraction..anyway you are an inspiration although I feel rather inferior!

  29. Annie

    Congratulations, Kathy. What can I say that hasn’t been said already?! Every one of the comments is true, yours is an amazing and inspiring knitting story. Thanks for sharing it with us, and I hope you keep doing the blog and inspiring us.

  30. Iris

    Good heavens! TWO years? What cosmic question can we assign to you, to be solved in – oh, we’ll give you three years for that one….


  31. Stephanie

    Happy Knittaversary!

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and I am in awe of your skills. I’ve been knitting for 25+ years and am just starting to learn some of the things you do regularly. Keep up the good work – you’re an inspiration to the rest of us!

  32. Sarah

    Happy Knittiversary to you! I can’t believe you’ve only been knitting for two years. I’m amazed by your skill, as always. I’m almost ashamed to admit how long I’ve been knitting (16 or 17 years, I think?) and I’m still quite a ways away from your abilities. I least I’ll always know where to find my inspiration!

  33. Mary K. in Rockport

    Happy Knitaversary! Two years only? They must be “dog” years! You’re way ahead of me and I’ve been at it a lot longer but that, of course, makes your blog more interesting to read – also your constancy, writing skill (no spelling or grammar mistakes for you!) humor, and little windows into grad student life in Cambridge. Now I’m skittering off to read your comment at Nona’s.

  34. Liz K.

    Cheers on your milestone. You have much to be proud of, and we in the knitting community have much to thank you for. I, on the other hand, have some dangling prepositions to apologize for.

  35. Judy

    Happy Knitaversary! I remember when you started posting on About.com way back then.

    Thanks for 2 years of the scientific approach to knitting, and best wishes for many more!

    (You know what, I just figured it out…you’re the Alton Brown of knitting!)

  36. mollysusie

    OMG…I can’t believe you’ve only been knitting two years! You’re a prodigy. And I am in awe.

    Happy Knitiversary!

  37. LaurieM

    You could make yourself a nice little layer cake of all the swatches for your knitaversery. With little crochet decorations dangling from it.

    Or maybe you need to have a party. Where we all get together to gift you with hard-to-find and feindishly difficult patterns. And you hand out loot bags filled with stitch markers and yarn bon-bons.

    My son just had a birthday party on Saturday…

  38. mari

    Congratulations! You truly are an inspiration to all of us knitters who have trouble modifying and calculating our work – I always love to see your process and it reminds me that being a bit more methodical and thinking about the pattern will result in a better end product. Happy Knittiversary!

  39. gleek

    happy knitiversary grumperina!! you’ve come a long way and there’s still more down the road.. for all of us πŸ™‚

  40. Laura

    Happy knitaversary! The last paragraph of your post in particular was very inspiring … and reminded me of many of the blessings that have come my way through knitblogging. What a lovely gift for you to give to us! πŸ™‚

  41. claudia

    The thing that I like best about your knitting is your willingness to go balls-to-the-wall, no-limits. What a great quality!

  42. Carole

    You’re an inspiration – two years and you have surpassed knitters who have been knitting much, much longer. You push yourself and challenge yourself and it really shows in the skills you’ve developed. Congratulations!

  43. Mandy

    Congrats! Your knitting and blogging is truly inspiring. I can’t wait to see what surprises your third year will bring!

  44. Nancy

    Fabulous! And congratulations on all of your progress. I just celebrated my one year aniversary and you are a great inspiration.

  45. Sarah

    Oh my gosh! I can’t belive that you have only been knitting for two years! You are a knitting prodigy. and I don’t think I know how to spell. Happy knittingversary!

  46. Liz

    You could have pushed me over with a feather… two years? That’s it? You rock. If you could tell me – how did you get SO good? Did you take lessons or was it all books and trial and error? I’m really inspired by how far you’ve come in two years… I think I just might be a Grumperina-wannabe. πŸ™‚

  47. Ashley

    Happy Anniversary! I am blown away that you have been only knitting for two years. You are mondo talented, and are an inpiration to all (especially me!). As a newish knitter myself, the fact that you have done so much in so little time keeps me knitting when I have to frog the same projct 7 times!

    Keep up the amazing work!!!


  48. maryse

    2 years huh. show off.

    seriously though. congratulations.

    your crochet on the other hand, could use a little work πŸ˜‰

  49. Jen the Knittingspaz

    congratulations on your knitaversary! and may you have many more years of knitting ahead of you.

    Were you a backwards purler too? It took me a while to figure out that I threw in the opposite directions when changing from knits to purls. And I wondered why stockinette never looked right!

  50. Bear Knits

    Happy Anniversary!!! I can’t believe you’ve only been knitting for 2 years. Thank you for all the patterns you’ve shared with us. Knit on!

  51. Nicole

    I second what everyone else says – best of luck to you in your knitting days ahead. You are truly talented and you should be proud.

  52. TracyKM

    I’m so proud to be able to say “I knew you when…”

    You’ve done more in the past 2 months than I’ve done in the past two years. But I have had a few babies, LOL.

    I really wish I hadn’t wasted the first 5 years or so of my ‘serious’ knitting life. But then the internet came along and we get to meet great minds like you, and see that there is more/better yarn than what’s at Wal-Mart. You’re making knitting cool for younger people…and darn it, I’m no longer one of you, LOL!

  53. beth

    Holy crap! I didn’t know you have been only knitting for 2 years! Jeez… You are a wonderful knitter. Keep em comin.

  54. Beth S.

    You’re kidding, right? You’ve only been doing this for two years, and you can rewrite Japanese patterns in your head? Lord. I am not worthy to read this blog.

  55. Pam

    I’m with the Beth’s. On behalf of all your readers, especially those who will NEVER be able to re-write japanese patterns in their heads. Congratulations…and we all resent you…just a little bit. πŸ˜‰

  56. linda peck

    Oh, Yes, Kathy! Congratulations! I hope you go on knitting into the future forever. I hope to do it, too. Thanks, too, for the great cast-off for socks, it worked great for me.

  57. Laura Neal

    You actually kept your old stuff, huh? I threw away my practice pieces right away, I remember how hideous they really were. I also have proof of my skill as a beginner knitter when I look at all of my family members who have my hats and scarves! hee hee. They were all rib 2 x 2. So, if you see some people wearing acrylic, ya know, the really “good” stuff…then it is probably mine! Happy anniversary to you.


  58. Nessa

    Happy Knitaversary, indeed, and well done! Amazing progress for only two years. I learned as a child, and started seriously 23 years ago. And now YOU are the one with the wonderfully entertaining blog and great patterns, and I am the one enjoying the Jaywalkers on the needles… It was obviously “meant to be”. I’ll send you photos when they’re done.

  59. Michelle

    I think it is fantastic to see how much you have learned in just two years. Very inspiring to me as I too try to learn something new.

  60. Manise

    Holy crap! Knitting for just 2 years? I am in absolute and total awe. Congratulations on your Knitversary, to everything you’ve accomplished to date and I am really looking forward to what’s next on your needles!

  61. Suzanne

    Happy knitiversary!

    Wow, you swatched as a beginner…I remember thinking “I don’t need to do that, I know how to crochet, therefore my tension will be perfect.” Needless to say, I pretty much always swatch now.

  62. Crystal

    Happy Knitiversary! I hope two years from now I can knit somewhat as well as you do now! πŸ™‚

  63. Mary

    Awww, Grumpy, you give a novice knitter hope! You’ve been knitting for a year and a month longer than I have, and yet you’ve accomplished so much! Published patterns! Your name is a household word in the knit-bloggin’ world. You’ve knit fantastic lace and socks and hats and have glorious galleries of pictures of hundreds of other people knitting YOUR patterns! Do you know how amazing that is? Phenomenal, really. Congratulations, Kudos, and Happy Knittiversary! πŸ™‚

  64. Wannietta

    2 years – that’s all?!? You have taken up knitting with gusto and enthusiasm and it’s certainly paid off in spades. Wow. (Just don’t burn out on us)

  65. Kat

    Happy Knitaversary to you, Grumperina! I also have just passed my two year Knitting Knervana point. I am teaching classes to inspire others to strive for Knitting Knervana for themselves – my stash keeps growing – I am working on things I could have never imagined myself doing when I began this journey two short years ago. I shall lift my glass to toast you this weekend – hope you had a great day!

  66. Kristi

    It’s my one year knitaversary in July and for some reason it seems like it should be longer. But that is what is so great about knitting–you can really accomplish a lot in not so long a time and make a lot of things. I hope that you will be knitting–and blogging about it–for a long time to come.

  67. elisabeth

    Ms G, my Cambridge knitting pal, I am late to the party…late to discovering you and late to wish you a happy knitterversary.

    Here’s to many more years of happy knitting to come and visit Burdick’s for me will, ya. Hot chocolate, to go!!

  68. Beatriz

    Happy Knitaversary, Kathy! I’m so happy for everything you’ve accomplished and share in your blog. You are a knitter and a scholar…it must be the math wiz in your genes that makes your knitting knowledge seem light years ahead of many others. I appreciate your insight on Combination knitting (the way I was taught), and reading your post today gives me comfort in knowing I wasn’t the only knitter who twisted her purls!

  69. Marianne

    One of the things I really love about fiberwork (whether it be knitting or crocheting or spinning) is that the basic techniques are pretty easy to master. It is the application of those techniques that can be challenging enough for a lifetime of growth (and sometimes frustration).

  70. Marianne

    One of the things I really love about fiberwork (whether it be knitting or crocheting or spinning) is that the basic techniques are pretty easy to master. It is the application of those techniques that can be challenging enough for a lifetime of growth (and sometimes frustration).

  71. Robin

    Happy blog/knitiversary Grumperina! June is also the month of my knitiversary (2 years as well). As I said last year on your blog, which is one of the first I started to read, you are inspiring to read and encourage me to challenge myself in my knitting.

  72. Martha

    Two years! You’re a marvel! You’re an inspiration! What will the next two bring? Hopefully, more inspiration from you for the rest of us. I look forward to that!

  73. kathy

    Wow, two whole years Kathy, that is amazing, this Kathy is somewhere around here 26th knitaversary (that word just looks wrong for some reason) I only just made my first item without a pattern last week, a basic raglan top down tee for my little daughter, wow, and was that ever a struggle.

    COngrats and well done in all your achievements.

  74. Kim

    Wow.. this means I’ve been reading you longer than a year! I love your swatches.. and I remember them from last year too.. hehee.. Atleast you were already experimenting with things back then.. Happy knitaversary : )

  75. Elizabeth

    Happy Knitaversary! Like others who have commented, I can’t quite believe you’ve only been knitting for 2 years. Your skills are so impressive, and you take so many risks. Here’s to another great year!

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