Dewey’s Knit-a-Long update #1 (or, “you knit a ferret!”)




I joined Dewey’s Knit-a-Long mini-challenge a few weeks ago, and have a status report for you.  Keep in mind that it’s been a long while since I’ve knit, and that I haven’t progressed much past the rectangle (i.e., scarf) stage!

I’ve seen many scarves that incorporate several textured fibers, and decided that was the look I was going for.  I bought three types of yarn, a variegated nubby yarn (mostly ivory with some blue and eggplant), a solid worsted-weight eggplant, and an ivory “fun fur.”

I didn’t remember how to cast on stitches, so my nephew’s wife (my niece?  my niece-in-law?) did it for me.  I soon realized that I had SO MUCH YARN that I had to switch to a larger size needle.  I’m working with size-10 13″ needles now.

Knitting with this bulk of yarn goes fast (especially since I’m using just the knit stitch).  We drove to Ikea last weekend, about 40 minutes each way.  J drove and I knit … and knit.  When we got home I showed off “look how far I’ve gone!”  Looking at my rather thick scarf, totally overwhelmed with the fun fur (it turns out I should have bought “eyelash yarn”), he replied, “You knit a ferret!”


No, it’s just a thick scarf!  I did discover, however, that once I get the hang of this knitting I can knit sweaters for ferrets … if a ferret wore the scarf I’m knitting, would it act like camouflage for him?

I have re-discovered some knitting books on my bookshelves, and will review one or more of these in the next few weeks, they are:

  • Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
  • The Knitter’s Bible by Claire Crompton
  • The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman
  • Scarf Style by Pam Allen

I’m having fun with this, and I will try another scarf, maybe I’ll thrown in the purl stitch, too, for a pattern or ribbed effect.  Thanks for hosting the challenge, Robin!

7 comments to Dewey’s Knit-a-Long update #1 (or, “you knit a ferret!”)

  • Hee. “You knit a ferret.” :-) I like thick scarves!

    I need to post an update on my knitting project for this mini-challenge, thanks for the reminder.

  • You knit a ferret – that’s hilarious!
    I keep thinking that I would love to learn how to knit but whenever I mention that to my husband I think he freaks out as I’ve already got too many other crafty things going on :)

  • Nicole

    Knitting is great for your hands! Casting off is challenging too. . .

  • Phyllis Lucas[luka]

    I just loved this. I need to knit a hedgehog for my grand-daughters birthday, got any ideas? I don’t think they wear sweaters or scarves, tho.
    Hedgehogs are pretty darn hard to find. I love to knit, now, if I could just figure out how to knit and read a book at the same time.

    Thanks for the little laugh, I really needed one.

    One little notie about the knitting books. I found a Reader’s Digest Encyclopedia of Needlework at a thrift shop, and it is one of the best ‘how to’ books I have ever seen. Used book stores and thrift shops are good places to find these books. The older ones have instructions in them that are not in the newer books.

    best to you, stay warm
    phyllis lucas
    upper michigan

  • Cool scarf, Dawn. Love that yarn.

    Whaddya get at Ikea? I love that store!

  • Ali – it is VERY thick!

    iliana – I discovered a nice way to fit knitting in, since J drove on our longish shopping trip … you can’t bind books in the car!

    Nicole – I’ll definitely be pulling out one of the books to refresh my memory on casting off.

    Phyllis – I agree about used books … and older books are fine for knitting instructions, the craft hasn’t changed!

    Shana – I like the variegated and the eggplant, but the fun fur is too much for me (I’m thinking J’s mother would like this :) ) What *didn’t* we get at Ikea – dishes, a nightstand and lamp for LW6, odds and ends for the kitchen, frames …. oh yeah, cinnamon buns and swedish meatballs!

  • Eva

    I think it’s a cute scarf! And I like the eggplant/cream combo. I’m not much for ‘fun fur’ myself, but I’d have smacked J with the needles! lol

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