Ok, silly title.
Thanks to the help I received here and elsewhere I have come to accept the fact that I am learning a new skill and craft in knitting and as such my work is not going to be perfect. And that's ok.
I've learned how to spot most of the mistakes I am making before I make them and thus prevent them. I've learned how to calmly fix the mistakes that I do make and just consider it a part of the knitting process itself.
Suddenly knitting has become very calming. It's a great way to relax and drain away the stresses of the day.
It's like a totally different experience all of a sudden. Very enjoyable instead of very frustrating. I know my skills will improve with practice over time and until then if my knitting isn't perfect, so what? It's still enjoyable.
This is my first blog entry of what, I hope, will be a long list of entries detailing my experiences of learning to knit. I just bought my first set of needles (#9s) and first skein of yarn (gauge of 4.5, charcoal grey) last week and have well over 10 inches of scarf done in just over 2 days of work. :) I figure I will be done with my first skien in another day or so. I am really enjoying it and can't wait to go shopping for more yarn. I am heading out to try and find a local yarn shop tonight and maybe sign up for some classes. Right now I am reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting."
I will post a picture of my my scarf when I get back hom. It has ranged from an initial cast on of 24 stitches to a high of about 32 and back down again. I now know what to look for so the last few inches has been pretty consistent. Now, I just need to learn to keep better tension in it.
Anyway, great to be here.
Happy New Year everyone.
The holiday season is a lovely time of year, but I'm still waiting for some winter here in NC. I want some snow, just enough to slow things down so that we can remember the fact that winter is a quiet time of year.
I counted up the projects and I realized I gave away five pairs of socks and three scarves over the holiday season. My stash of gifts is depleted and now I'm ready to start anew for the next year.
Here's one of the pair of socks I gave away. These were hand-dyed with natural dyes. I'm not sure what material created this beautiful green color, but it is a lovely green.
I thought I posted this the other day but don't know where I sent this in cyber space! These were fun and were Christmas gifts to my better half a few days AFTER the big day. Doubled up Manos using Fiber Trends pattern. My first real "heel" experience (did a pair of spiral socks for a Christmas gift). So, I had so much fun I began my first sock day after Christmas. I am enjoying using #2 dp needles but my hands are kinda big. (Know what they say about BIG hands--big gloves!)It takes practice I guess. So thanks to all you sock lovers for your inspiration.
Happy New Year,
Here, is a scarf I knitted on 12mm neddles 1 row Colinette.5 and 3 rows Rowan kid silk haze mohair. I threaded 400+ beads, but the red ones don't really read!
Wishes for you all to have a safe and very Happy New Year.
It'll be a quiet and early evening here spent working on another pair of slouch socks. After all the activity of the past week, it'll be a very pleasent time to just relax.
Knitting is so frustrating! I'll never finish this stupid simple scarf! I worked on the thing for hours, trying to be careful and get everything right. It's just a simple friggin 2x2 ribbing pattern. Nothing complicated.
After hours of working on it and having it start to actually take some shape and have a bit of length (well, ok, only about 8 inches or so), I totally screwed up a row. I tried to fix it and messed that up. I tried to unravel a couple of rows but couldn't figure out how to thread the needle back in. I finally just frogged the whole thing. Arrrrgh!
I just don't see how you people can make all of the very nice stuff I see pictured when I can't even do a stupid scarf. I'm hopeless.
Just wanted to get a head start on wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and to thank everyone who's made me feel so welcome here.
I'll be spending a quiet night here in NYC working on another sweater (top down, in the round), I cast on yesterday and have about 10 more rows until I finish up the raglan and get to the body...go me! It's plain ole black..do you believe it...here I am a gay man in NYC and have never owned a plain black sweater? It's a nice soft merino so it's a comforting knit. If I get bored I'll switch to my camouflage socks...
Hope your New Year is filled with all things good...and that your stash is always full.
Happy New Year boys (a few hours early) - the festivities are at my house tonight so have to get ready - but wanted to make sure I give each of you a new years hug and wish you the BEST 2007!
I also decided yesterday (long day) - to make the "lizard ridge" blanket out of Noro that is on the knitty.com website - me and one girl from the LYS are going to do it side by side... I'm still working out the wrap and turn deal - hiding that damn loop is becoming a bear - I have yet to grasp that bit... but the rest of it seems to look good... I think I'll felt my practice square just to see what it looks like :)
Yesterday we had to take Florence (the 88yo owner of the LYS) to the hosipital - she has some sort of bad kidney infection I guess.... she didn't want to stay there, but she had to (and finally agreed to be admitted about 6pm; after being in the emergency room since 11am) - her son (in his 60's) drove out from AZ to be with her for a few days - I think she'll be OK - we took her car to her house (she lives alone) and fed her 2 kitties-- I'm sure it will all work out, I can't imagine how upset she was yesterday - stuck at the hospital...but it's scary to be sick and old. Hospitals are icky. send good thoughts her way please.
Someone on this site works for a mill that spins some gorgeous and reasonably priced yarns, but I can't remember who it is or find the link... Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'm thinking it is in NC or some other southern state...