Now that I am the new Canning Guru of the West Coast (see previous post), I can check that skill off my "to-learn" list. And so it is that now you'll find me trying to maneuver two unwieldy and very unbending sticks through the air with the greatest of ease. Har, har. Does anyone have a couple of hands I can borrow because this knitting thing is truly made for folks with more than two? This is my fourth or fifth day of really trying to learn to knit. The second day I really got the whole stockinette stitch going like a house afire. I was making plans for knitting the Empire State Building when...I dropped a stitch. There were those plans in the toilet.
It usually isn't that hard for me to learn something like this, but knitting is a bitch, a hard taskmistress, I am telling you that right now. I am feeling fairly witless in this process. The other thing that is out-of-the-odinary- I'm not giving up. No, siree. While I don't envision Miss Marple moves any time soon, you know knitting while you're not looking so's you can solve mysteries and stuff, I am going to finish a project.
This little sample is, mmmmm, maybe the 30th or 40th attempt. No lie. Tension is truly the key. Unfortunately I haven't quite mastered that but I am sure it'll come to me eventually. It's got to, right?
This is what I'm aiming for. I think it's totally doable unless I poke out an eye or something first. See it starts small, at the point, so I figure by the time the piece is of any consequential width I will be really good - okay, better than I was at the beginning AND there is a very sneaky little ruffle action all around that should hide a bazillion mistakes.
So anyhoo, if anyone o' you are considering writing a beginners knitting book here's a tip: it's a good idea to teach people how to fix their mistakes - pick up a dropped stitch, undo a lousy row, take out an unwanted extra loop - 'cause hey, we're beginners. We're going to need to know that stuff.
I'll keep you posted on the "cool, easy (my behind)" knitting as it progresses. Truth be told, I am feeling very determined. Needles crossed.