As I mentioned during my Learn Something New Every Day project, I recently discovered that I can knit. Having thought for many years that I wasn't able to, it dawned on me during my weekend away that, actually, I DO know how to knit, having been taught by The Nan when I was little. I'd just forgotten that I knew. What a knitwit....
But oh, how timely that discovery proved! While I've been laid up with this sprained ankle and broken foot, I've been desperate for Something To Do. I've caught up on many blogs now, and managed to post regularly to my own once again, which has been lovely :) I've also made excellent progress with my TA course assignments. I've watched my way through various dvds and recorded TV programmes, and read several books. And I've also been knitting!
I'm hoping this will become a scarf for The Tomboy, in Leeds United colours. Yep, she's a Leeds fan - sorry.... (I haven't told her yet, because if I get bored and fail to finish it, then it'll become a small blanket instead!)
Of course, being a beginner, the sensible thing would probably have been to just pick a single colour and keep knitting till it was long enough.
When did I ever do the sensible thing?! I decided to go stripy instead! It means I have to count rows carefully, and I did have to undo a few stitches when I suddenly realised I should still have been using white at that point, but fortunately I hadn't cut the white wool so I could easily rectify that.... And I do rather love the point at which you change from one colour to the next so the stitches on one needle are white and on the other they're gold! :)
It probably would have helped if I hadn't cast on about twice as many stitches as I really needed, too. I'd be nearly finished by now, instead of being nearly half way through a much fatter than necessary scarf. Oh well, that'll come with experience I guess!
And another unnecessary complication was my sudden decision to work a 'slit' into the scarf so that instead of tying it, The Tomboy can tuck one end through the slit so the ends sit nicely and keep her chest warm, which should help her asthma, too, I hope! I had to make that bit up as I went along but it seems to have worked OK, with a bit of guessing and needle juggling...
I have lots of loose ends to be worked in at the end (any tips?) and, of course, a fair few more rows to knit, but it's mostly going well. There was just one point where a few stitches slid off my needle and although I thought I'd got them all back on OK there's now a small hole. (I made it look larger than it really is for the purpose of photographing it clearly!) It doesn't seem in danger of unravelling though, so I'll see how it looks once I'm finished and maybe sew a stitch or two to secure and/or disguise it if necessary.
Overall though I'm pleased with how my first proper knitting project is going :) If it does work out, I might even make a scarf for myself.... Wonder how I could overcomplicate that?!
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