New Year New Knit Update #1

As I had previously stated, I took my own advice and started knitting a scarf last month. I picked a yarn that I knew I had a lot of and decided on a simple knit 3, purl 2 pattern for a ribbed look.

I actually stuck with it! I made it a point to do a little each day, and I have knit and purl stitches down pat. The tension issues I’ve had in the past wasn’t something I had to consider after a while, especially with tips from a knitter at my workplace’s yarn club (I highly suggest finding other yarncrafters at work…it’s awesome).

However, after knitting about a foot of this scarf, I have becoming disenchanted with it. It’s boring, and I’ll never wear a pink and purple scarf, and I have much grander plans for this yarn. The point of this project was to understand the basic stitches (knit and purl), and I absolutely do, so I’m going to think of this project more as a giant swatch of learning than a frogged scarf. I have much bigger, and far too ambitious plans for knitting that will be (hopefully) coming soon!

RIP Ribbed Scarf, 2012-2012

New Year, New Knit

For someone who doesn’t knit, I sure do have a lot of knitting needles (at least seven pairs). Problem is, I’m an awful knitter and have grown to resent it, as I may have mentioned before. But I see so many neat knitting patterns, I’ve decided to push myself and give it another try. It’s a new year, and I’ll be a new knitter.

My biggest problem in the past with knitting has been tension. I make stitches so tight that I can’t get the needle through to pick up the next stitch…I broke an acrylic needle from all the pressure I was putting on it. This is something I’m going to have to consciously think about for my first few projects (I’m going to hope it won’t have to be a conscious thought forever). I’m also hoping this will improve my patience level, because my other big problem with knitting is that I can’t knit as fast as I can crochet. Which, you know, makes sense, since I learned to crochet when I was about 12 from my grandmother, and tried to teach myself knitting three years ago using a book and YouTube (and have only attempted 2 projects total…if you needed insight as to how low my patience level really is).

I took my own advice for beginning crocheters and settled on knitting a scarf as my first project. I’ll post an update when I’ve completed it (or if I run into a massive problem). Here’s to hoping that’s not the case!

New Use For My US6 Needles – Boring Out My Eyes

As mentioned previously, my forays into knitting have been futile at best. (That statement can also be seen as one way of saying “why the hell would I use two needles when I can use just one?”.) But since I like to change things up from time to time, and also because I am a masochist, I set out to knit a dishcloth.

I was using knit/purl to make a martini glass design. Mine looks something like this.

On the day I started this, at one point in the stem I looked back a few stitches and realized I had already managed to drop a stitch. It wasn’t too far back, and I was feeling ambitious, so I decided to try to rectify it. This was the result:

Because, as it turns out, I never dropped a stitch, but I did manage to add one where it never existed.

I almost gave up after this setback, but I reassured myself that, as the gift was for my mother, I could probably tie a ball of yarn up and present it and she’d still use it as a dishcloth. So, I kept on going. I finally made it through the stem of the glass and to the actually drinky part of the glass. (Official term is official!) I was excited that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, vowing I would never pick up knitting needles again after completing this project (just like I did three years ago, but whatever). Then, more tragedy strikes:

(It’s supposed to look like this:)

I missed two stitches and didn’t realize until I was doing the following purl row. So, there was no hope in saving that one. So now, it looks like this:

Knitting, My Bain

I am primarily a crocheter. I always assumed this was because I learned to crochet first, so it’s just what I always did. Then, in 2008, I decided to try my hand at knitting. My first mistake was not doing something like a scarf, and doing a custom made Transformer’s themed pillow for my boyfriend. (I used knitPro to create the chart.) This was when I learned I CLEARLY lack whatever skill and/or patience is necessary to be a talented knitter. After about two months, I finally presented him with the pillow and swore I’d never do it again.

But apparently, I am a masochist.

A few weeks ago, my mother left for a two week shore trip with a friend of hers. I decided this would be a good time to make her a cotton dishcloth for the stove in the kitchen – it has a black top and everything shows up on it, including paper towel lint. She is nearly obsessed with the stupid stove. So, a dishcloth is square, and knitting and purling is a great way to form a design. Hoorah! I’ll make this neat martini glass dishcloth from Bavgirl, because it’s a square and there’s no color changes!

The first thing to go was the border. For some reason, once I begin the alternating knit-purl it just looked like a hot mess on my needles. No matter, it’s for my mother, who will probably think it’s amazing even if I drop stitches. Which brings us to the next issue. When I looked back and realized I dropped a stitch, it became a entire puzzle going back to pick it up. So, after I’ve figured it out and picked up said dropped stitch…I come to realize I apparently have some sort of ocular issue, because there was never a dropped stitch, and I have now added one unnecessarily.

Why I Like Crocheting Better:

  1. One hook. Less to keep track of.
  2. When I notice and error, I can just pull out stitches, without making it a full mind-and-body exercise.
  3. Even when I’m not pulling out stitches, I manage to make knitting a full body workout. At least, I’m willing to bet it’s not an activity that involves hip and shoulder thrusts.

Crocheters, what do you think of knitting?