Monthly Archives: January 2007

Green Snarf

My very first attempt at knitting – a green scarf. I used Lions Brand Homespun, which I don’t recommend for newbie yarners, as the bumpy look does not lend itself to figuring out which is a knit and which is a purl, and other newbie things one needs to pay attention to. Here it is, all rolled up.

Doesn’t look that bad, does it? Almost like a candy sweet.Here it is rolled out.

You will notice it is not long enough to be a scarf. Thats because towards the end there I was getting sick of the yarn, sick of the green, sick of the holes and the unraveling, and I decided I would resurrect an old crocheting project of mine (same story as knitting, tho hark back a few years and place me in a snowstorm, a michaels, and voila!), that didn’t work out. I was getting sick of the green so I decided to try a stripe with the charcoal ex-crochet yarn. The scarf is a hodgepodge of garter, stockinette, purl-garter (why do i find purling much easier than knitting?), unraveling yarn, and then stripeage.

 

Note the yellow blob in the center. Stupid marginally-multi-color yarn.

See my holes. See the unraveling yarn. Really what happened is that the yarn raveled too much, and then much down the line it unraveled.

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Why this blog?

I like crafts. I fold paper into pretty sculptures, I glue pictures to magnets, I turn clay into eating vessels. Yet somehow I have escaped turning yarn into clothing. That’s right, while a lot of my friends, we of the ballyhooed (and hooey-booed) Generation Y (yarn?) were getting their sticks on, I ignored the trend and puttered happily at the potters wheel. But witness my friend Diva, not too long after she joined a knitting circle, waltzing around in a coulda-sworn-it-came-from-gap-but-what?-she-made-that?! hoodie, and other friends were casually displaying their garment making genius with apparently little effort, then I too yearned to put sheeps fur to better use (that and I really wanted to knit the Hallowig from Knitty.) But now I live across the country, and I’m intimidated by the advanced clacking of my friends’ group, so when I was at a friend’s house, I asked her to show me how to knit. We walked into a jo-ann fabrics (no dissing the jo-ann’s! they have some great, cheap, cotton yarn. even tho what I bought at first wasn’t that) and picked up a skein and some 10.5s. After struggling for a while, I took a book out of the library. Well, it didn’t look like the pictures. I soon got better, tho. And unlike ceramics, the learning curve isn’t steep and I don’t forget how to do it if I put it down for a while.

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