Ah, knitting. I never learned during my geeky adolescence (surprising, I know), but in recent years have been faced on a daily basis with incontrovertible proof that all the cool girls are doing it. First off, I just want to be in the cool girl gang. Second, I do see the appeal – having something you can do without an heavy machine in front of you, being able to craft and watch TV, lots more lovely things to buy and pet and stash.
And thus it was that for Christmas, I asked for a Wool and The Gang kit… and as chance would have it, I ended up with a Rushmore scarf kit (I KNOW!).
TA DA! A monster purple scarf, just like I like them.
I eagerly started on Boxing Day, on absolutely mahoosive wooden knitting needles that I’ve never even seen before. Plus side: I love chunky knits. Down side: they’re a little unwieldy, and I ended up contorting myself to stop them flying off in all directions.
Pretty soon, though, I, errrrr… realised something was up. Yeah. This was meant to be seed stitch, but turned into something else every foot or so.
Luckily I am surrounded by ladies who knit, so I popped over to my friend’s house, she frogged the whole thing, and I started again. I was pretty confused because I thought I’d followed the instructions, and surprisingly it turned out that several steps of the instructions were actually wrong and that was messing me up (not that it should have looked like the above photo, regardless). Has anyone else found this with Wool and the Gang? They have such a cool brand and beginner-friendly image that I was surprised (and even now I wonder if it was me, but several knitting friends have confirmed not)… but something to bear in mind if you’re starting with this one!
Anyhow, once I started… I didn’t stop! Yep, I sat in front of the TV and knitted this in probably about 5 hours, which was pretty satisfying for someone used to sewing timelines.
The verdict? I’m not sure. I don’t think I’m bitten by the knitting bug yet, but I also feel I’m very close… But over to you, dear knitting readers. What would be a good second project? I like the idea of trying something harder than a scarf, but knitting jargon also freaks me out!