Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yeay!!! I can knit/purl now!

Ok, so I finally figured it out. I now can do things other than just the knit stitch!!!! YEAY!!! I realized that you actually have to move the supply of yarn to the front of the needles when purling and behind the needles when knitting. That is why I ended up with all those extra bizarre stitches in all my soon to be demolished work.

So, I tried a few different things out last night: all purl (garter stitch), alternating rows of knit and purl (stockinette stitch), all knit (more garter stitch) and then I alternated knit, purl repeating on one row and purl, knit on the next to make the seed stitch (mom, I believe this is your dreaded popcorn stitch). So, I had fun and finally felt a little less like a knitting noob.

As frustrating as it can be to learn things by yourself, there is that sick sense of satisfaction when you finally figure something out that you have been struggling with for awhile. Now that I can do more conplex stuff, I think I'm going to practice and make a scarf/hat for myself in this neat purple yarn my mom got me when she was up in Maine last week. Here goes nothing.... This is a cool site I found that tells you how to make a bunch of different knitting patterns: KnittingontheNet.com

Oh, and by the sheer fact that I have posted, you have proff the cat didn't kill me in my sleep.

4 comments:

Chris said...

You are so talented!! Sorry I haven't added to my blog much lately, but there a few photos you might appreciate.

jjFTW said...

Aww, thanks Chris! Actually I'm not so much talented as relentlessly curious about things which I know little about. I tend to try out alot of different things just because they look neat. So I end up having a little bit of experience in a bunch of different things but no actual mastery of any of them! :-P I must admit, it is very fun to try new things out though, especially when it is something crafty.

erinlesko said...

LOL...progress towards Jo becoming a crazy cat lady! I guess I should have nothing to say as I have forgone knitting in favor of a WoW addiction. But I'm still a noob: my pally is just a gateway drug...

jjFTW said...

I am not a crazy cat lady, I only have 1. I belive the pre-requisite for being a crazy cat lady is to have more cats than you have rooms in your home. There is a 1 cat:4 room ratio here so I am safe, lol.