Chiknittery

My knitting blog.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

#002


So I've got two pupils [funny dont you think? since I barely know what I'm doing myself]. Fun stuff. Spent most of band practice knitting.

So, I've spent the last couple of days perfecting my purl stitch [I'm also working on knitting a little looser so that my yarn doesn't curl when I'm finished]. I also learned how to bind off in a knit.

The book tried to teach me how to bind off part of a row, but it confused the hell out of me so I had to quiz all my LJ communities and MySpace groups. I finally got like 2 good explanations, so it's all good now.

Over the next few days I intend to learn how to bind off in a purl stitch, learn the slip stitch, as well as start my learning in the art of decreasing my stitches.

I found an old binder from last year, I started printing out patterns for use later when I get a lot better. I understand its a bit early, however, I'm just overly excited to start knitting actual projects. Once I get my practice projects [listed on the side] over with I can get to the stuff I really want to do. I'm doing the crappy practice projects simply because I'm hoping during the course of these I'll not only read to learn patterns accurately, but my knitting will become extremely better looking as well, so that when I do get to the projects I want to do they will turn out nicer than if I had skipped the practice projects.

Fun =) I'm way addicted to knitting.

OH, and a note on the Knitting Olympics. I really wish I had started knitting earlier so I could have participated it sounds like so much fun! I understand they finished today? Good luck to everyone who entered =) And those who forgot to enter but are doing it anyway. Hopefully the next Knitting Olympics around I'll be able to participate!

The above picture if my patch I'm purling for when I learn how to bind off in purl. I havent bound off yet simply because I wanted to practice the purl stitch before moving on.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

#001

So basically 4 days ago I started teaching myself to knit. I bought one of those stupid "I Taught Myself to Knit Books" and it made no sense, so knittinghelp.com is basically my book now.

In these 4 days I've learned: the double cast on method, cable cast on method (which is the one I prefer), the knit stitch, and the purl stitch.

I took some pictures the first night of my casting on experience, simply because I was super excited.

I tried to take some pictures of my first knitting patches [even though they look terrible], but my webcam is pooping out on me. So maybe later.

I kept accidently increasing though (I don't even know how to do that), and I was knitting too tightley so it curled, but I've been focusing on getting the right tension and what not so it's a lot better looking now, but I don't have any samples to take pictures of.

In the next few days I inted to learn about binding off, slipping a stitch, and decreasing. It's incredible hard to find time to learn how, but I'm very much in love so far. Honestly, all I think about is knitting anymore =P How pathetic is that?

I'm also teaching my friends as I go along [they gave me money for needles and yarn, so I bought that tonight]. Last year at school there was a knitting club, but they discontinued it this year because there wasn't anybody showing up. Now that I know the joys of knitting and my "posse" is interested I'm going to go talk to the superviser about starting it up again. Apparently, last year they even supplied needles and thread for you, all they'd do is learn the next step and knit all lunch period and socialize. Sounds fun to me =)