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October 1, 2008

10/2 Update: I am at the point of joining the final yarn to my scarf, and IT IS ALL KNOTTED AND TANGLED.  I am ready to kill someone.  I have to put it away and go to bed.  Grr.

I am having such a good time! As Sarah mentioned, she spent a few hours last weekend teaching me how to knit. I am now obsessed, and more than half finished with my first project – a scarf!

Here’s a look at my work in progress:

I’m getting much better at making even stitches – either the yarn I started with is just a pain in the neck (which Sarah thought might be the case), or I am improving my technique.  Maybe both.

Here’s what the first block looked like:

Kinda uneven, wobbly, and probably what one would expect from a knitting novice.  But I have to admit, the Martha Stewart that lurks inside me was a tad disappointed that I wasn’t able to master it from the very first stitch.  Oh, well.  I’m over it now, and having a lot of fun.

Perhaps the most fun so far has been performing a Felted Join, where I used some science (moisture, friction, and heat) to felt two strands of yarn together when I changed colors.  Here’s where I learned the technique (you’ll have to scroll down to the Felted Join video).

Sarah – please remain on standby for when I finish the scarf – I have no idea what to do with it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2008 11:53 am

    Yeah! I am so glad you’ve been having fun, even though I have not been very good on my follow-through. (Or blog-post commenting.)

    I think, though, that you don’t really need me anymore. That whole felted-join thing kinda blew my mind a little. I never would have thought to try that.

    Do you have a new project going?

  2. wendalicious permalink
    October 15, 2008 10:25 pm

    Sarah, not to worry: even though 1-800-KNIT-HELP did not reply to my call 😉 , I managed to finish my first scarf (it’s lovely), whip through ANOTHER scarf (wide – 25 stitches – black & white and nubbly all over), and use the leftover black & white nubbly yarn to make a longer, thinner scarf for my sister (just about finished).

    My next 2 goals for knitting: learn how to purl, and make my neighbor Mary an emerald green scarf, using some purling (does that make sense?).

    I’m not really sure how I want to proceed after scarves…I don’t really like socks, so I don’t think I’m going to go that route. Maybe dog sweaters?

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