Tuesday, February 27, 2007

First Knit Along!

I've never done a knit along before. I've decided to join Stitch for Chicks. I'm not sure what I plan on making. I'm already making a baby hat for Kiara's kid. Hmm... The girl I tutor always gets me things for holidays and all. I think I'll make her something... Now what to make...

Monday, February 26, 2007

Annoying habits

I hope this is common. I have the annoying habit of frogging my project about 5 times before I get it really started, but once it's started in about 7 rows, I'll leave it alone. When the pattern came in for Flore Friday, I was knitting and frogging all night. It's now good, and I'll leave it alone, but it was FRUSTRATING. Maybe I'm a perfectionist, maybe I'm picky about my tension and adjusting to the pattern. I don't know. I'd be more comfortable with it if I knew the habits of other knitters, but I'm a fairly solitary knitter (I taught myself and I'd be awful embarrassed to reveal my bad habits to others, especially if I didn't even know it was a bad habit.)
The worst thing about Friday night was that our neighbors were over and Scott is knowledgeable in the knitting art. He doesn't knit much himself, but his mother and sisters are dyed in the wool (literally). I remember his first question about my knitting, "Continental or English?" And when I showed him my continental knitting style Friday he questioned how I was throwing the yarn over my fingers. I felt like a loon starting the project over 3 times in front of him. I apologized, but he claims he's seen it many times (frogging and "de-frogging?"). I'll take his word on it that I'm not alone.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pictures of Happy

Here's a picture of the progress on my brother's scarf. It's my first attempt at intarsia and it's knit rather loose because of the size of my needles (note they are plastic for air travel). It will say "GREEN" when it's done.
And here's a washcloth! I know. Very boring, BUT, this was my learn-continental-knitting piece. I'm still much faster with the knit stitch than the purl. It gets frustrating because I'm still faster the English way and I want to just give up and go back to English. However, I know that eventually this will be much faster. It's like learning to knit all over again.

And here are my hands working on a new project. It'll be this hat and it'll be for my sister-in-law who's due mid-late March. We just got the pattern in the mail yesterday. And you'll note I'm attempting to do it continental-wise.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Trying, barely succeeding

In an attempt to teach myself to continental knit, I'm doing a quick dish cloth. However, this is harder than it looks. I just want to go back to English where I know I can do it faster. I'm trying to stick with the continental, though, because I know I'll get faster. It's like relearning everything! Ugh!