Thursday, March 11, 2010
I Made It: Knitting Edition
I told Wes the other day that I must have Crafter's ADD. I'm interested in SO many things and want to try them all, but right now I've narrowed my crafting experiences down to quilting, cross-stitch, papercrafting, and knitting. That's not so many things, is it?
I just began knitting about 6 weeks ago, when an elderly friend was in the hospital and I was going by to visit her several days a week. I found out that she knits like nobody's business (she makes all her socks and sweaters, and used to make all her husband's and children's socks and sweaters too), so she agreed to teach me - although I think she rethought that decision a few times - and after an intense couple of weeks of practice in every spare moment, I declared myself ready to make something real. So I chose a pattern for a dishcloth from a book I got years ago for the crocheted dishcloths (yes, I crochet too, but not too much in recent years). I brought an extra set of needles and a skein of yard to the hospital, and M. and I set off making our twin dishcloths. She seemed to enjoy it, although the medications she was taking made her mind a bit cloudy, which frustrated this expert knitter to no end. I can't blame her. Knitting is second nature to her, and here she couldn't remember if she was knitting a row or binding it off.
Long story short, I finished my dishcloth in about 6 days. I love the raised pattern on the front! I only messed up in a few places, but I learned how to un-knit (tink?) and to make sure I always have the right amount of stitches after each row. This one turned out huge - which it is supposed to - but I think the next one I make, I'll try leaving off a few rows to make it a more manageable size.
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