So far...? Am having fun!

brucedow's picture

I've been an on-and-off knitter of bad scarves and the occasional bad hat. But, having been in search of a hobby for years and years, I think I might have settled on knitting. I'm still keeping up with history and languages... but, this time, knitting seems to be "sticking" with me. Or, I'm sticking with it. Not sure why, but this time it seems to be working!

I just finished a scarf for my partner. Turned out not to be too bad! (Will pop a pic up as soon as I finish the one I'm working on for me!)

So, I tried my hand at the "half dome" from knitty.com, and knitted it as directed -- flat. Fine. Worked great.

But my eyes just aren't good enough, at close range, to pick up all those tiny stitches and mattress stitch the thing shut. -- so I took the "I'm frustrated, so I'm gonna just sew the f***er up approach (random-mad-loopy-sewing to close up the thing and see if the size would work anyway. Which, it did!)

Then, I attempted the same pattern again on circular needles without really understanding the magic-loop method. (God Bless YouTube btw -- I've gotten some really clear help from some of the postings on technique there! Too late for my magic-loop needs, but nonetheless.) Having little success with my non-existent magic-loop, I switched double-pointed half way through (I think I prefer them, anyway) and promptly lost count...

But -- you know what?

In the past, I would have been frustrated to the point of no return. I would have cast the whole, expensive pile of mess into the trash... but, not this time!

This time, I am gonna finish my scarf.

Then, I'm headed back to the beautiful yarn store in the next town over to us, and I'll get the same yarn again and try the half-dome on double-pointed from the beginning! (Unless anyone knows of a better skull-cap-sort-of-hat-thing pattern?)

Don't tell anyone... but I think I'm really enjoying it.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to find a nice shawl pattern (not to granny-ish) for my totally hot sister-in-law!

As for menwhoknit.com. Am not too sure, yet, how to use this site. It seems to be mostly "support" -- nothing wrong with that! But, I am enjoying checking in to see what everyone is up to.

All the best to all in this New Year. And -- I have a hobby!!!

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Raymiew's picture

Welcome to the group. There

Welcome to the group. There are lots of really nice shawl patterns out there and I'm sure you'll find something great.

Welcome, from a not so

Welcome, from a not so newbie knitter (two years); but fairly new to the group (less than 6 months). You can find this to be a warm and supportive group, full of advice and ideas, willing to help anyone who asks.

I think I'm remembering being at the same level of knitting you're at right now. One time, when I had lost count, gotten lost on the pattern, or whatever it was but the end result was a need to pull out rows the fast way (remove the needle and rip), my wife said to me, over my grumblings, "I thought you said you liked to knit. If it's going to make you that upset perhaps you should quit." I paused and gave it some good long thinking. Did I like knitting, or not?

The first thing I had noticed was that my blood pressure dropped when I picked up the needles, especially when everything was going right, which was most of the time and certainly on the easy stuff. The frustrating times were few, only occasionally large enough to pull out the entire thing, usually only pulling out several rows, and usually only when I was learning something new. So, finally, I decided I liked knitting, the good outweighing the bad.

Then I thought, if I really liked knitting, then what was the difference if I had to pull out a few rows, or ribbit, or frog the whole thing? And, the answer was... well nothing really, if I liked to knit. It just gave me more knitting. I was keeping it simple....

Once I had made that decision, I no longer totally hated pulling out stitches, or starting over, and since then, I seldom give it a second thought. And, I also noticed that I learned a lot from starting over; and, the second time almost always came out better than the first, and the third always better then the second. Wonderful! Two years later, and counting, I've also added crocheting to my repertoire, and continue to expand my knowledge of knitting. Hang in there! It *is* worth it!

PS Invest in an extra strong pair of reading glasses. I've even been known to wear two pair at one time. But, then I reach a point where nothing works, and I have to give it a break.
BOCTAOE!

MMario's picture

Welcome to MWK. the point

Welcome to MWK. the point is to have fun, so glad you are enjoying the knitting this time around.
MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMarioKKnits/

crmartin's picture

Welcome to MWK, this is a

Welcome to MWK, this is a great site for support and also the occasional banter, stick around, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. You might want to try the Faux Spanish Lace shawl, a great first shawl, by our own Mmario. He also has patterns for more intricate shawls on his Yahoo group .

Randy

albert's picture

Welcome and enjoy!

Welcome and enjoy!