learning to knit

when i came back home from abroad i was hoping to get right to work learning to sew. i checked craig’s list for a cheap sewing machine, no luck. freecycle: nadda. i was really itching to learn something. one of my fellow tweeps suggested i learn to knit. ok, that’s pretty inexpensive: just need to buy yarn and needles and check a few books out from the library.

a couple of weeks and at least 10 books later, here i am.  it’s not easy learning to knit, especially for a klutz like me. i’ve tried both the continental and english methods (right now i’m leaning towards the english, though i think the continental is faster, it may be too fast for me).

so the next few photos were from a few days ago. you can tell I was struggling. i originally casted on 10, but ended up knitting with 11.

by this next photo, i’ve increased it to 14 stitches miraculously. i don’t even know how i did it. looks pretty ugly, doesn’t it?

this is what i did this evening. i managed to keep it to 10 stitches. also, i think i realize i needed a higher tension on the yard to make it look more uniform. my goal is now to finish this to 20 rows, learn to bind off, and hopefully not to screw up. also, i need to find a good way to hold the yarn so i have an even tension. i think it’s hard because i have short, stubby fingers.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fpfj
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 01:09:24

    You’re doing way better than I am. Tension is a hassle to figure out! My friend told me to look at knittinghelp.com My internet is too slow to see the videos but maybe it’ll help you?


    • pam
      Nov 25, 2010 @ 06:53:34

      Yes, that is one of the few knitting video websites that was an ah-hah! experience. Whoever did it did a great job on it.


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