Monday, January 12, 2009

Knit 5, Purl 5, Repeat Forever

You may have been wondering how my attempt to learn knitting has progressed. Or you may not, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

After a dozen false starts, all of which I abandoned because of dropped stitches, mysteriously added stitches, or forgetting to switch to purling or knitting at the appropriate time, I finally have the hang of it. Sort of.

I decided to make a little toddler-sized scarf for Daniel, because that's a nice, small, do-able first project. And I decided to both knit and purl so I could practice them both. So I began to knit 5, purl five, on and on, twenty-five stitches to a row. That was two weeks ago. I do at least one row a day, and usually more, but it's hard to work on it when Daniel's awake and I have to keep saving him from jumping off the couch or coloring on the TV or dragging clean laundry all over the apartment. So I mostly work on it while we're video-chatting with my parents, because he loves doing that and remains relatively danger-free while we talk to them. So it's only about a foot long so far, but here's what it looks like:

As you can see, I'm learning something from this project. If you do sections of knitting and purling like this, then switch on the next row and do the opposite stitches, your end product will curl up into little tubes. Which actually makes this scarf really warm because of all the layers it creates, but looks dumb.

I figure at this rate, I'll be done by March. And then he won't need it anymore.


  1. At this point practice is the important thing, not the finished project. You should see Haley's first attempt. We call it her hobo scarf.

  2. practice, practice makes perfect! You'll have it done before March. Nice Etsy Shop.

  3. Yup, this is definitely my practice piece! I remember what my first crocheted project looked like: a yellow scarf of single-crochet worked so tightly it was stiff. And it got fatter and skinnier intermittently because I didn't have the hang of turning yet.

    Of course, I was eight....


    Greetingfriends, your blogs are cool! I checked them out earlier today, and your shop is great too. Daniel pointed to it and squealed "Bear!" when I had it up. You have a tiny fan!

  4. Sounds like my "upcycling efforts." Audrey isn't quite crawling yet, but she's doing the low-crawl/scooting thing. Man, that girl keeps me on my toes!


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