If you’ve been reading my blog for over a month, you no doubt have heard me discuss my knitting skills, or lack thereof, and the fact that I have been teaching myself to knit.
I haven’t updated y’all on what I’ve learned. And figured it was time as I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath.
For the past month I have come to really enjoy knitting. Once I finally got the stitches down, I found it is such a nice way to relax with my husband while he watches his favorite shows.
While I’ve been learning, I have knitted and purled stitch after stitch, row after row, over and over again. Then I’d undo it all and start all over. As crazy at it sounds, I love doing that. It’s been more about the process than the finished product. Before I started a project, I wanted to make sure that I had the skill down (I’m a bit OCD when it comes to that. When I started quilting, I learned hand quilting first. I finished quilting my first small wall hanging quilt and then ripped out all of the quilt stitches from the entire quilt because by the time I finished there was such a difference between the skill and look of my first stitches and final stitches… Yeah, I’m crazy like that… It’s a wonder I ever finish anything.)
After practicing and finally being convinced that I knew what I was doing, enough to make something, I decided on a blanket. The gist of the blanket is to make many knitted squares (any size) and then stitch them all together to make the blanket. As I finally neared the end of my first square, I could feel the excitement building. I was finally getting somewhere!! I had images in my head of my sweet little babe curled up on that soft handmade blanket. Then I even began to allow myself to consider knitting one for each of my children. I began dreaming big.
Last night, I came to the end of that first square. And I knew it was the perfect time to share with you, Internets, the progress that I’ve made since I first mentioned knitting here.
So do you want to see it?
Are you ready?
Can you feel the excitement building?
I can feel it palpitating through the internet connection.
Here it goes:
Hmmm, what’s that?
Not quite what you were expecting?
Neither was I…
In all of my practicing, I completely forgot to practice binding off (the process of getting your finished knitting off of the needle so that it doesn’t unravel).
I tried to make sense of the directions. But that is not a good idea when you are wanting to save what you have already done.
Not a good idea at all.
I am now teaching myself how to bind off and then, and only then, will I restart my project. The funny (HA HA HA) thing about it is that all of my books toss around the word ‘easy’ when describing binding off.
Apparently, I am in a knitting world of my own…
*Be sure to see this weeks What The? photo in the post below and take your guess.