I'm On My Way…

To becoming the world’s best knitter.  I went to knitting class last night.  I stopped by JoAnn’s Fabrics on the way home (you have NO idea how frickin happy I am we FINALLY got a JoAnn’s!  Love that place!) and picked out some yarn.  I wanted something soft and bright… and chunky.  Mom helped me pick out a pattern – we decided that a scarf would be a good first project because it would move pretty fast.  And then she started casting me on.  I have no idea how to do this because the lady moves so fast with needles.  She never moves this fast with other things.

And after 3 hours and 3 televisions shows, I know how to do it.  Don’t get me wrong, I screwed up a lot.  Mom helped me a lot.  But like Bev says, “it’s an heirloom, who cares if you miss a stitch here or there.”  And since my scarf has ribbing, not only do I know how to knit but I know how to purl.  How ’bout them apples. 

This is what I’ve done so far.  I’m very pleased with it. 

My first knitting project

My first knitting project

If you got something negative to say about my first stab, take your remarks somewhere else.  I took the day off work to be happy – if I wanted somebody to tell me what I could have done better, I’d had gone to work.

I do really like it so far.  It’s so soft and cushy.  I really like Mom’s needles.  They are multi-colored bamboo sticks and are slick and pretty and fit in my hands so nicely after I knew what I was doing.  I did have a big hiccup at the beginning – I should have purled when I knitted and should have knitted when I purled.  But Bev said she’d help me make the same mistake on the other end so that it looks like it was on purpose.  Now that you know that it might be a waste of time.  I just don’t know when to shut up.

Since I went to JoAnn’s, I stopped next door to the “paint your own pottery” pottery place to pick up my plate I painted.  I like it too.  Firing it made all the difference.  The pencil lines are gone.  It’s all shiny and smooth.  I’ll probably use it tomorrow for the hubs’s party.

The finished product

And that’s all she wrote.  I need to get my rear in gear because I took today off work to do work around the house.  And get my hair cut because I haven’t done it in like four months and I’m starting to look like a shaggy dog.  More tomorrow since I’m trying NaBloPoMo on for size.  Enjoy the sunshine [if ya got it].

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November 6, 2009 - 10:59 am

MileMarkerZero - I’m very impressed with your scarf thus far! I think next time I’m in Louisville you need to show me how to put two rows together because I could never figure that out. HAHA P.S. Tell your mom hi for me and those are some kick ass needles! :)

November 6, 2009 - 11:02 am

Victoria - Welcome to the knitting world!!! Your project looks wonderful. Great job for a beginner. I teach beginning knitting and you are definitely on your way to awesome things!
Found your blog recently, looking forward to checking in.

November 6, 2009 - 11:41 am

Susan the Pod-Mate - Yay! It looks fantastic! And now that you know how to knit and purl, that’s EVERYTHING you need to know to knit. Everything else is just a variation of those two stitches. The yarn is gorgeous and I’m super jealous of those beautiful needles! OK, I could go on and on in this comment, but I’ll just wait til your back in your Pod to do the rest of my gushing. :)

November 6, 2009 - 12:32 pm

binkybinky - I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit. I need to keep my hands busy all the time, and knitting sounds like a great activity for my sensory craving! And what you created so far is already fabulous, I can’t wait to see the finished product. BTW, thanks for suggesting me to give photography a try… your photos are amazing here, and I think I’m going to give it a go. Might never be as good as you, but hey, it’s a good way to explore something new! ;p

November 6, 2009 - 12:42 pm

shutterboo - Pick up a camera now! I’m a hobbyist, only take pictures for fun, but the more you do it the better you get. Only in the last 6 months have things clicked.

We need things to keep us happy because we can’t always control the things that bring us down.

November 6, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Abby J - does this mean we are all getting scarves for christmas?!?!?! That would totally rock. you my marco are truly one of the most talented people i know, is there no limit to your awesomeness?

November 6, 2009 - 5:35 pm

shutterboo - Well, depending on how fast I go, maybe. I’m thinking more like your birthdays… but I wouldn’t make you wait a whole year. Promise. :)

November 6, 2009 - 6:28 pm

Dawn - So pretty (on both counts)! And aren’t the bamboo needles the best? I love ’em.

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