Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Now I've done it...

I guess I can consider myself a crocheter AND a knitter now.

Since I hurt my eye in late august (right after I learned to knit) I hadnt really wanted to pick up any crochet hooks or knitting needles. About a week or two ago, my eye had finally improved (or I got used to it) to the point where I could crochet comfortably. I bought some red yarn to make a new afghan, and then couldnt decide what to crochet. I guess even after having a near two month vacation from crocheting, I was still in a crochet slump. So over the weekend, bored as heck, I picked up the knitting needles and one of my larger skeins of scrap yarn. I dont like doing a regular cast on, so I chained 40 stitches on my afghan hook, did the Tunisian crochet cast-on, and then transferred that to my knitting needles and started to knit from there.

So far I've been knitting for 5 days straight. I even knitted in public yesterday when I took my dad to the eye doctor! (first time I've ever knitted in public)

It's kind of weird. I've been carrying around my first real knitting project everywhere I go. It's a scarf, being done in a green yarn (Red Heart, Medium Thyme...I think). I'm a little less then half finished with it. (started saturday evening)

I apparently knit just a teeny bit slower than I crochet (which is fairly quickly!)

So far I really am only doing one stitch (as far as I know) and I'm not doing anything terribly exciting. It is kind of neat to be able to do another yarn craft.

I have been crocheting some too. I started a rectangle granny afghan...with the red yarn I bought last week. It's probably going to end up being a xmas afghan. I have some nice green yarn that looks good with it.

Some moron with a can of spray paint has tagged a trailer that is in the field behind my house. The field is owned by the construction company that built our house. They're not planning on builing on it anytime soon, but they've been keeping that trailer back there. I cant see the trailer from my house, but when you leave our neighborhood, it's very obvious. This is the second time time the trailer has been tagged. It's ugly, and I cant quite tell what it says. Hopefully it wont sit there for 5 months before they paint over it like the last time.


snarflemarfle said...

I want to learn how to knit, too! I even bought some "magic striping" yarn just for knitting.

I just have to figure out how to keep it from getting so tight on the needles!

ErinLindsey said...

Go up a size on the knitting needles (that's what I did...well, two sizes) and when you knit, pull a little extra slack thru as your pull the yarn over the needle.

My big green scarf is going to be frogged. I ran out of yarn in that color. Cant find anything that would look good with it either in the massive stash of scrap I have, so I'm going to frog it later today. I started a new scarf (made sure I had at least 3 skeins of the yarn before I started) and hopefully nothing bad will happen that will cause me to frog this one.

You know..I might not have to frog the green scarf. Maybe I'll cast off and sew (or crochet) the edges together and make a purse out of it. I could use some of my darker green yarn to crochet a strap or tie for it.

snarflemarfle said...

Good idea...on both going up a size in the needles and on making your mistake into a purse!

sid63usm said...

are you familiar with Sarah Beth Wilkinson. She has a knitting website.

ErinLindsey said...

Thanks Sid... I've been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to figure out why I cant do the purl stitch right. I'll have to see if she has a good tutorial on how to purl.

either that, or go to the local yarn store and give them $30 to teach me for an hour.