Two Are Better Than One


When I began learning how to knit last fall, a few people told me that “it’s better to have a two projects going at the same time.”  At the time, it made absolutely no sense to me because when I start something I usually want to finish it before taking on something new.  Every other time I didn’t finish something, it remained unfinished.  Best to just mark it off the list before my house filled with partially knitted things.

The problem with this line of thought is I had never knitted before.  What did I know?

(Apparently, everything.)

I didn’t own my own supplies (my Mom let me borrow her needles) and I didn’t really own any pattern books (my PodMate hooked a sistah up) so I wanted to finish something to return the borrowed goods.  I made a scarf.  Then I made a matching hat.  And then I started on my third project: a shoulder wrap.  I’d like to say that I took a break from knitting because it was summer [which I suppose is somewhat true] but the fact is that third project pissed me off.

The yarn splits uber-easy.  The metal needles are way too slick for yours truly.  I can count four places I’ve already messed up and that’s annoying.  And I’ve only got 6 inches of knits and I’m already bored.  Yah.  What was that they said about more than one project?

Enter stage left: my current knitting project.

A project that I decided to do all my own with the use of my only knitting book (again, thank you PodMate).  I bought my own needles, stitch holders and darning needles.  I may have called PodMate a few times whilst shopping but that’s a minor detail.  (Lies.  I would have had a meltdown in the aisle without her assistance.)  This was Big Girl Knitting at it’s finest.

And I have to say it’s going pretty well.  I casted on (by myself), I used a stitch holder (by myself), I added a new skein (by myself and the correct way this time) – by myself is the theme of this project.  I encountered a HUGE snag a couple weeks back and I had to enlist the help of Beverly, the knitting guru, because I could not figure it out for the life of me.  (I discovered that using the row counter Mom got me does me no good if you don’t turn the dial after you finish a row.  Who knew.)  But after that hiccup, all is well in the land of knitting.  And it actually looks really nice.

Which is a good thing because this one is a gift.  I haven’t had the pleasure of giving away an original Brooke piece yet but I’m kind of excited about it.  That’s the best thing about making stuff with your hands – sharing it with people you know will love it as much as you do.  Now I just have to finish it.

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September 10, 2010 - 11:35 am

Becki D - Man. You almost make me want to take up knitting. *almost* Then I remember I do not have the patience for needle and thread projects. I want to like them, but they end up making me want to stab myself with whatever needle is at hand.

Which is to say, more power to ya!

September 10, 2010 - 11:44 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Love, love, love the picture. And yes, I agree that in general two projects are better than one.

September 15, 2010 - 5:52 pm

denise:) - ooh- sounds very exciting! can’t wait to see the finished project!

October 13, 2010 - 8:56 am

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