I love yarn shops. There's something really delicious about rows and rows of gorgeous yarns in a rainbow of colours. But when it comes to turning that yarn into something recogniseable, well, I've never quite managed it. A case in point here! I like the process of knitting (like cosy meditation on a winter evening don't you think?) and have recently discovered the joys of crochet too (only one loop to unravel when I inevitably cock it up!). But up until now my yarn exploits have been limited, well meaning attempts, but littered with UFO's.
Well peops, I FINALLY finished something that is getting worn every day! I KNOW! Check out Elliott's "model" pose in the centre pic, hee hee!
The yarn is recycled from a supersoft but unwanted sweater. I didn't do any of the stuff I was supposed to do with the yarn after I harvested it. (I think you're supposed to skein it, wash it and hang it or something. Anyone know?) I literally unravelled it from the sweater, into a ball, and knit with it straight away. Neither did I do any of this "blocking" malarkey. To coin a well used phrase, quite frankly, I couldn't be arsed ;) In defence of my slapdashery, for all I knew, this was just gonna be another UFO to add to my pile. But no! It all worked out ok! I think my lack of prep shows in the finished items, but to be honest, I don't care! They're soft, warm, and cosy and they fit! This people, is progress.
I knit them both in a "triple" rib. (3 knit, 3 purl etc). The hat was done on double point needles which for some bizarre reason I find less fiddly than circular needles.
In a potentially foolhardy act, this flush of success has spurred me on to make some knit and crochet gifts for Christmas. These will probably never see the light of day after they're gifted (as Karen so aptly describes) and will probably be secretly laughed at. But hey, I'm in a handmade mood this year. In any case, knitting to a deadline and for someone else, motivates me to actually get it finished and do the best job I can. In fact, I have one finished already. Blocked (well sorta!) and everything.
How about you? Are you a knitting novice? Do you have any advice for a knitting novice?!