Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Knitting Lessons (and a Giveaway)

I've completed three knitting projects so far. Each one has been a knitting lesson.

I already showed you this one:

On this shawl, I learned the knit stitch in English knitting, and halfway through, my knitting instructor, Alison, convinced me to switch to continental knitting. So I also learned the knit stitch in continental knitting. I also learned a lot about yarn tension, various types of common knitting errors, and how I want to weave the working yarn through my fingers.

Next, I knitted a scarf:

Except I got really bored halfway through, so it's a short scarf.

This scarf came about because I wanted to knit a really cool leaf pattern I saw on Pinterest, but after trying to decipher the instructions, I determined it was beyond my skill level. So I made my own knit/purl leaf pattern.

I don't really like it that much. I guess it's okay. I would shape it differently next time. Also, the seed stitch to stockinette stitch combo causes the side borders of the scarf to curl completely in on themselves. But this project was valuable because it taught me continental purling.

The border looks cool. Seed stitch. And my knitting-for-beginners book says to cut the fringe ends to length, but I think they look cool at varying lengths. A little texture.

After that, I knitted a dishcloth:

I saw a dishcloth at my friend Carrie's house and remembered, after seeing hers, that I love them. At first, it actually didn't occur to me that I could knit my own. As soon as I realized it, though, I got very excited. I will definitely make more of these.

This project was useful because it gave me my first experience with increases and decreases. The increase is a yarn over, and the decrease is knit 2 together. Easy peasy.

I had been a little intimidated by the world of increases and decreases, but now I feel more confident.

Comparing the three projects, I can see that my stitches are getting more uniform. So that's happy. I've also discovered that knitting is extremely, extremely soothing for me. I found out recently that I have obsessive compulsive disorder, and I found out that obsessions are soothed by compulsions. My soothing compulsions have been a bit destructive to this point, but knitting is a very soothing, calming way to cope with the things I tend to obsess over, so I am very thankful that I am becoming a knitter.

Anybody want the short, green scarf?

(That's the giveaway. I won't be offended if no one wants it. I don't want it.)