Friday, 19 October 2012

Knitwit

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?!

16 comments:

Sian said...

I think using two colours is a smart move - one colour with garter stitch can get a bit repetitive to do and we want you to keep going becasue it's going to be a football scarf classic!

You could buy a row counter to slip onto the end of your needle

Cheri said...

Look at all the wonderful things you are getting done being stuck on the couch! Go you!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I always sew my loose ends in, following the stitches along a row or up down a column...if you stitch well in it doesn't show & keep it a decent length & it won't pull out! Hubby is a Leeds united fan, but I'm not knitting him on of these!! Love the slit idea too!...oooh! also, cast off in rib & it'll stop the edge from 'rolling' the scarf into a tube & you could also add a tassle at regular intervals too!!! :D

Angela said...

I weave my ends in on the back as I go along, in Kaffe Fassett style - but this only works when the back isn't going to show. Otherwise its a big darning needle and sew them in neatly afterwards.

sandi's right about a bit of ribbing at the end!

blessings x

debs14 said...

When I was about 20 I worked with a knitaholic lady called Doris and she took it upon herself to get us all knitting in our lunchhours. She came to regret this though when the queue of people needing help got too long! But she taught me so much and I went on to learn cable, fair isle and all manner of fancy stuff. So stick with it! Loose ends are best dealt with as you go along, get a large needle and weave them into the back of the appropriate coloured row. And listen to Sandi - casting off in rib will give a much better finish!

scrappyjacky said...

Definately better to do the loose ends every now and again as you go along....it's just so boring to do them altogether at the end!!
Depending where that tiny hole is....you could stitch a little Leeds Utd motif on it.

Louise said...

....it's looking good. im not a fan of knitting at all, much prefer a crochet hook!

alexa said...

You are making such good use of your enforced lying-around-getting-better-time! Can't comment on techniques, but I love the finish so far :).

Denise said...

Looking good- I'm like Louise-I much prefer crochet.I'm sure you could just nip that tiny hole together and no one would notice x

Karen said...

Love your title. You and I are comparable knitters. A scarf is about my limit. I have one nearly done, however, that I started at least two years ago. It wouldn't take long to finish, I just never think about it. Yours is coming along nicely, and I love the stripes.

Alison said...

Glad you've found something else to keep you busy Mel ...it looks good to me!
Alison xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I agree with Sian, two colors was a good choice. Using one color & only one stitch type gets boring quickly.

You aren't over complicating the project, you are making it interesting to work

Melissa said...

What a great project while you are staying off that foot! It looks great.

Gail said...

It's looking good Mel. Wow - 2 colours on your first try - that is good!

Jessica Griffin said...

Wow Mel, who knew you could do so much! Hope you're doing okay, and resting that foot of yours. :(

Missus Wookie said...

Can't give advice but it looks lovely and bright. Glad you are still going strong, could be a Dr length scarf after all :)

Did you know you can knit a dalek or a clanger?