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!