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Help! I'm knitting and I can't get up!! [Jul. 3rd, 2007|12:28 am]
spinthemoon
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I don't knit. I want to make that perfectly clear up front. I have knitted exactly three things in my life, roughly 25 years ago - a baby blanket for my niece, a trial scarf to teach myself how to make one, and the "real" scarf. The real scarf was a Dr. Who scarf I made for my First Eric for Halloween one year. I used the official pattern and everything, although he did make some minor adjustments to the colors.

In case you aren't familiar with the Dr. Who scarf, it looks like this. It's a very long scarf. Here's what the one I made looked like, although you can't see the part draped down in back:

Yes, that's me with the skinny legs

Did I mention that I knitted it in three days? Gave myself tendonitis, and haven't picked up the needles since.  

Until this weekend, when I was suddenly taken with the idea. I blame all of you - you know who you are - you with your posts about Peace Fleese and kitchenering and colorways and...and...well, it's all your fault.

Because face it, knitting is a pretty silly hobby when you live someplace where the temperature only drops below 50 degrees two days out of the year. But, there I was in Hobby Lobby with Middle Daughter, and she found a yarn she really liked, and I thought, What the heck.

So, I bought some yarn, and bought some needles, because who knows where mine are after 25 years of NotKnitting, and jumped on the internet to learn how to cast on, because did I mention that I got my mom to cast on the blanket and the test scarf and the real scarf for me? And then I knit about four rows and jumped on the internet to remind myself how to cast off, because in my frenzy of concentration at trying to cast on I forgot to count my stiches and cast on about sixty bazillion of them and had to start over with something of a reasonable scarf width.

Then the fun part came. Because Middle Daughter didn't pick regular yarn, she picked some fringy slubby bocule-y type yarn that was nearly impossible to work with, for someone who hadn't picked up needles in a quarter of a century and whose eyes have aged to the point that anything less than arms reach away is blurrier than Liz Taylor in those White Diamonds commercials. Which, I should point out, makes it really, really hard to shave my underarms.

OK, so maybe I shouldn't point that out.

Anyway, the yarn was a pain to work with but remarkably forgiving. Then I realized that it was taking me forever to get through a row, and I counted my stiches, and I had accidentally increased a few. Like 15. Now, I can understand accidentally adding a stitch here and there, but 15? I decreased it back down and told Middle Daughter that it was just a knitted lump of  Motherly Love. I tried to make it less accidental by increasing my stitches when I got to the other end. Ironically, I had to get on the net again to figure out how to increase on purpose, even though I apparently excel at doing it on accident.

Middle Daughter was pleased with the end result, which looks like this:



And now The Boy has decided he wants one, too. And Middle Daughter wants a Harry Potter scarf.

Guess I should get on the net and figure out how to purl.

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[User Picture]From: jespere
2007-07-03 06:27 am (UTC)
You might want to consider knitting the HP scarf as a tube, if you want to prevent it from cuuuuuuuurling.

Now you have to look up knitting in the round ;)

I also won't point you to this.

Welcome to the twelve step program. I hope you never finish ;)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-06 05:40 pm (UTC)
Begone!!! You with your confounded knittyness!!!

I finished The Boy's scarf last night and started on Oldest Daughter's. I need to learn how to knit something else!! Are socks hard for beginners?
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[User Picture]From: jespere
2007-07-06 06:08 pm (UTC)
Nope, not hard, it just looks like they are. For a "beginner" they're a lot of work though, you might want to start with mini-socks or a baby-beginner sock to get the hang of it. But don't letthem intimidate you, just follow directions!

Helpful:

http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/FEATsocks101.html

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm

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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2007-07-03 06:35 am (UTC)
That Dr. Who scarf is a heck of a project! Wow.

Middle Daughter's scarf looks great! I see no flaws.

They make me want to knit, too, but I've never knitted and I'm too lazy to try to figure it out without a teacher. :D
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[User Picture]From: jespere
2007-07-03 08:15 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
Knitting is actually very easy, if you stick to making easy stuff. The link Moosiemoose posted is really excellent.

Knitting appeals to my slackerness and short attention span. It's always instant gratification because even if you only do a row or two at a time, you can see you've made progress.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2007-07-03 12:08 pm (UTC)
Good for you!!

Basic knitting isn't as hard as it might seem and I enjoyed it, those 2 days that I did it. I wanted to get hooked on it but I haven't picked up the needles in 2 years. Didn't get Hannah hooked either. Bummer. I should try again sometime.

And yeah, I blame all those others too - all that knittery talk...
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From: spritzcourt
2007-07-03 12:45 pm (UTC)
I have never attempted knitting, but I did attempt cross stitch after my first was born. I got as far as separating the yarn.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-06 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's farther than I ever got!!
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From: misty_bay
2007-07-04 12:05 pm (UTC)

My mom tried to show me how to knit.

If I remember correctly, it ended in a screaming match.

My grandmother taught me how to crochet, and I still do, to this day. I crochet like a mofo.

Very relaxing.

Loved both scarves, and you were a total hottie!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-06 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: My mom tried to show me how to knit.

I knew how to crochet many many moons ago (even further back than my knitting days). Oldest Daughter is crocheting a scarf right now. The problem with crochet is you have to count, and I'm bad at math.

My grandmother used to crochet these amazing baby booties out of nylon silk thread. I saved back a few pair for my own kids (she died long before I ever married) but sasquatches that they were, their feet were too big for them.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-06 07:21 am (UTC)
Please. Stop. Right. Now. You were the last hope of a claim to legitimate womanhood for me. A smartass, disorganized, non-super-crafty woman such as myself. You start knitting as a hobby and *I* will be forced to take up some useful, gal-type, caretaking hobby as well. Something depressing like scrapbooking or candlemaking. Next thing you know, we'll be turning in our computers for ginormous pots to boil up some homemade soap. Like Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies but without a ce-ment pond. Good lord. Get ahold of yourself!

It is a lovely scarf, though. And I hate to say it, but you did a wonderful job.

Darn. :)

Milli
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-06 05:49 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, it's just a phase. And I really suck at it. And I promise never, ever, ever to scrapbook. If God had wanted us to scrapbook, he wouldn't have invented shoeboxes.
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