Sunday, September 09, 2007

Knitting Report

Windy City Scarf

Who woulda thunk it? After ten years and multiple tries I am finally, at last and actually in a manner that looks almost right, KNITTING. Yep, with two pointy long sticks even. If I spent the time I should thanking everyone who has contributed to this long effort we'd run out of Internet space. Lots of patient teachers have tried, and tried, and tried.......

I'd have to credit the final breakthrough to a couple of knitters that work Continental, because the way you hold your yarn while knitting with this method is the same way you do when you crochet. I watched Merike knitting at group the other night, and made up my mind on Friday that I was jolly well going to figure this thing out. Fortunately Jane from Fiber on the Mountain was here, and guided me through starting the scarf above. It's made with a k1, p1 rib, and at long last I can actually see what a purl stitch looks like and what a knit stitch is supposed to be. Hurray!

Naturally it wasn't that easy. On Friday night after knitting a couple of inches I discovered I was one stitch shy in my row. I couldn't find where I went wrong, so I started over. I've been knitting happily away, finally figuring out the movements needed to get the yarn where it should be for the next stitch. I can see a glaring mistake in about row 5, where I purled when I should have knitted, but otherwise it has been smooth sailing! So far. So thanks Chris, Jane, Susan, Merike, Anna, Debbie...and everyone else for getting me started! I have a feeling I may be bugging all of you again when I get past this simple project!

The scarf, by the way, is going to be the Windy City Scarf by Jennifer Mindel, from Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller. It's made from a wonderful yarn I received in one of last winter's yarn swaps: Fearless Fibers 50% Alpaca and 50% wool in the colorway Saltwater Taffy.

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