Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category
Yes, that’s right you heard it – I have started knitting! It was easier to learn than I had thought (as with everything) – the much talked about scary long-tail cast on was probably the most surprisingly easy part which makes me nuts since everything I read or hear about casting on is about how hard it is to do and maybe you want someone else to do it for you…etc etc. It was freaking simple!
Soooo, from now on, I will not pay any attention to the voices in my head or elsewhere that say things are hard to learn, ooooh I could never learn that, maybe you should not try that, that looks hard, scary, fear fear fear. The key is just sitting down and trying it, only then can I really see if it is hard or impossible or impossibly easy or not. The website Knittinghelp.com has excellent teaching videos that has helped me greatly so far in my learning.
Now having said all of this, my knitting form is atrocious, I am fighting the yarn and needles with my too tight stitches, my hands ache due to the struggle. But form comes with lots and lots of practice which I am more than willing to do. The even more exciting part about learning to knit is that I can start translating my needlepoint patterns into knit patterns, which is awesome. Which of course means that I need to conquer multi-color knitting. I was successful in my first attempts at adding colors in rows but also knitting with 2 colors as shown in the little green and cream example. I am all about little pixels of color creating an overall pattern and in this way knitting is no different than needlepoint but with the potential limitation on the # of colors used in a single piece. I have read that you can only knit with up to 5 colors at once (why? not sure yet – probably because we humans have only 2 hands) but will love taking that challenge on once I can knit without fighting the needles and yarn.
My my, now I can indulge my yarn fantasies and work in 3 mediums, needlepoint, crochet and knitting. I am waiting on a shipment of mercerized cotton in some fantastic colors (maybe it will come today UPS man?) that I ordered from Tahki Stacy Charles. Look at all those colors!