Knitty-Gritty

31 Jan
Knitting up my first scarf in garter stitch!
Just this month I taught myself to knit. I learned from the Internet, and you better believe I was squinting my eyes at those instructions and racking my yarn twisted brain. I’m a show me kinda gal, and reading how to knit was quite perplexing and frustrating. I happen to have a Mother who lives just a few blocks away that could have easily shown me how to knit. But it was a bit late into the night and I was determined to learn right then (By the by, I decided to pick up knitting after seeing the great things that this gal was making on her blog. I thought, “Wow, she makes clothes that I’d totally buy in a store…maybe I can do that too!”). When I finally figured it out, I was up until three in the morning pearling and kitting a bit feverishly. I sat there with my eyes an inch from the knitting needles with my teeth clenched and my shoulders tense. I had to ask myself, “Isn’t knitting supposed to be relaxing?!” Just a few days after that episode, I purchased Stitch ‘n Bitch from Barnes and Noble. Reading that book has proved less like translating the hieroglyphs I encountered when trying to learn online. So far, I have knitted one scarf and am now doing my second. It is ribbed and I love it already. Not because it’s so great, but because I am making it – me oh my! I think I love knitting and I’m so excited to learn more. I’ve already signed up for a beginners sock class at a local yarn shop here in town. My own socks made by me! I think I’ll make all of our socks from now on. OK, maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. I guess I should just attempt making one (hopefully followed by another) first and seeing how that pans out. Anyway, I’m super elated about the whole endeavor, if you couldn’t tell. Any of you knit out there? I’d love to hear about what’s on your needles!

Here’s the start of my second scarf – ribbed with a knit 2 purl 2!

© Media Knits 2008

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5 Responses to “Knitty-Gritty”

  1. Shelly February 1, 2008 at 3:43 am #

    Hey young wanna-be farmer!
    I thought I would send you a comment to encourage you in your farm dreams. One of your comments to farmgirl fare landed in my e-mail, so I thought I would check it out. After a lot of hard work, a few tears, several years and a few lucky breaks our farm dreams came true.
    You can do it!

  2. Paige February 1, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Thank you! Much appreciated, truly! I’m thinking of trying out some of those recipies on your blog – looks delish! I’m always on the hunt for new dishes to make.

  3. Kari February 1, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    I think it’s so cool that you taught yourself to knit! Your projects look great too!

  4. Linnet February 2, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    you’re going to be one of those people who is knitting complex sweaters, etc., in no time. i’m still on scarves and have a couple i need to finish. started them about two years ago, now…yikes! xo, linnet

  5. Paige February 3, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    Kari ~ Thanks! I’m having a lot of fun with it! You should give it a try if you think you’d like it.Linnet ~ I’m still on scarves too, but I would definitely like to make some sweaters! I have the scarf you made me and it is beautiful!

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