Teaching Myself & Scarf Update

Hi Friends —

Well, I finished my scarf! I’ll post pictures in the next few weeks. (I’m terrible at uploading photos from my phone, so my apologies.)

In the meantime, I started trying to knit a couple of projects.

In the past few days, I’ve taught myself how to “seed stitch” (also called “moss stitch” in UK) and while I’ve failed to execute it with this super bulky yarn I really love – Universal Yarn Big Time (in Campfire) – because of my novice skills, I have gotten it down in this cowl I’m knitting with one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Gray.

In the past 24 hours, I probably restarted the Campfire UY cowl ten times – that’s not even an exaggeration – and then realized I want to pick that yarn back up when I’ve done a few more projects and feel a bit more skilled.

I have a huge project ahead of me: a shawl (from a Revelry pattern that I’ll link to) for a present for someone I love very much.

So right now I’m working on:

Lion Brand Wool-Ease cowl with seed stitch

A knitting project for a class I’m taking (a secret)

Soon, I’ll be starting this shawl.

I’ve found that looking up “how to do X knitting” on YouTube has gotten me through most errors thus far, especially once I cross reference with Debbie Stoller’s classic, Stitch N Bitch. I might make a shout out to some of the blogs, videos and sites that have been super helpful to me when I post next month.

Fellow knitters – what projects are you working on? What were the hardest things to master when you were a beginning knitter?

What kinds of yarn are your favorites?

Happy holidays!

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It’s a Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s an Unfinished Scarf!

Hi.

I’ve created and failed at many a blog in my life. It’s true. I started a health and wellness blog, gave that up, and started a book blog, and gave that up.

I know, not a great track record.

Maybe they weren’t giving me enough joy, internally.

So why am I starting this blog?

Well,

I’m new to knitting. I’m about as green as they get. I learned about two months ago at Knit One.

I know how to do a knit stitch, but not a purl.

I just taught myself how to cast-on.

I’m trying to finish this scarf  – the finishing off part of finishing, weaving in the tails and such, which is harder than I thought. (And by harder: I mean, it was demonstrated to me, and now that I’m at home, I realize I’ve managed to confuse myself.)

I’m a graduate student in the performing arts at a prestigious university in Pittsburgh. I moved here from Brooklyn, NY. (Pittsburgh great! Go Steelers! Go Bucs!)

I don’t know if I’ll keep up this blog, but I thought it might be fun.

If you’re a PA-based knitter, let me know!

If you’re a blogger-knitter, let me know!

This blog is just to chronicle my adventures in knitting, and be a great break from graduate school.

I’ll be aiming to update it two times a month.

Talk soon,

CraftyBrooklyn