Something like forever ago (over a year, maybe over two), I started to make a scarf for Eliza. It’s pretty much the easiest scarf ever: all Garter stitch (which means it’s all knit and no purl). But I lost one of the needles in typical Megan fashion, so progress on the scarf ceased. Fast forward to a few weeks ago I got the itch to knit thanks to a cool autumn day and an increased frequency in TV watching, and I gathered up all of my supplies. Turns out the needle wasn’t lost; they were both just stored in two separate places. Doh! I really need to get organized stat. I got started again and FINISHed it up.
Random tip: using a multi-colored yarn makes a beginner pattern look way more interesting.
When I ran out of the first skien way back when, I couldn’t find the same one again. So I found a yarn of the same weight and brand with slightly different colors and I think it still works. One side has pink and the other green. I think only knitters will know that wasn’t strictly on purpose.
Eliza requested fancy fringe, but I was totally out of the yarn. Rather than buy more, I just picked something from my stash that mostly worked with the colors. I love that these tassle-y things add balance and unity to the scarf, since the color scheme changes halfway through.
Eliza is super excited about it, and she loves wearing it to jazz up her school uniform (even though it’s been more summery than cool autumn-y outside lately). She has a tendency to loose things at school, though, so I really need to add a name tag to it.
It’s too long ago for me to remember what the yarn wight is, but I used US 9 needles, in case someone was wondering. I love the tight knit, even though it takes longer. When it gets cold, no wind is getting through there!
I taught myself knitting from lots of You Tube videos. It took forever. It’s much easier to have someone sit down with you if you can find a willing teacher (I had a friend’s aunt teach me to purl). My #1 recommendation for learning to knit the basics, however, is Stitch N Bitch: the Knitters Handbook. It’s not your grandma’s knitting book, and is super entertaining while giving you the basics (I find the illustrations really helpful) and some fun projects to try. I used it this week to learn how to cast on (get the first row of yarn onto a needle) properly, because it turns out I’ve been doing it wrong, and now I’m attempting to make Jonas a ribbed scarf. He’s jealous of Eliza’s and needs his own. Maybe I’ll finish this one in less than two years. Hah!
What kind of projects do you like to do in Autumn?
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