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.