Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Little Purls of Wisdom

It's official ... I LOVE to knit! I'm a knitter now. I am a knitting fool! Before my sister-in-law showed me how to cast on, do a knit stitch and how to cast off, I had absolutely no idea what to do with a pair of knitting needles. At first the transition from a crochet hook to two needles was strange as I had to train my hands to perform different maneuvers. But now that I have the hang of it I think it is a lot of fun.
I like to crochet, but as I mentioned before I am not very good at it. It is supposed to be a way to relieve stress except I end up getting very frustrated, which causes more stress. For months now my husband and I have been trying to think of something I can do to bring down my anxiety level and keep me sane (if that is possible!) So far knitting is doing the trick.
I now find myself looking at my sweaters or scarves to see what kind of stitch is used. I can proudly say that I know how to knit, purl and combine the two to create the stockinette stitch.

The Stockinette stitch (or also called the Stocking stitch) is the most basic knitted fabric and is achieved by knitting and purling alternate rows.

There are so many other stitches and techniques that I have left to learn - for instance I would love to try cable knits - but I am concentrating to practicing what I already know. What I would really love to do is get skilled enough to buy cashmere yarn and create a scarf out of it. Cashmere is quite expensive and I am not confident enough yet to try my hand at it. Just give me time!

This is a scarf that I have been working on. I figured out how to change colors and it is all done in the Stockinette stitch. Please don't look too close because (and this may be hard for you to believe) I am not perfect. There are many flaws but since this is cheap yarn I am okay with that - I've only been knitting for six days now!


Zil said...

Oooh, very nice! You are a fast learner!

Next year, could you make me some of these? http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e07475

The yarn does the patterning.

heather said...

Good for you! If you ever get up this way you will have to check out the little stitching shop-it is adorable and full of all sorts of goodies. Since I, at this point, don't knit or crochet, have only bought gifts there, but it is fun.

mkdeal@q.com said...

Yeah, I am so proud of you! We should start a knitting circle, and that helps to learn new stitches! That would be so fun! I can't wait to see your scarf when you get it done!