Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Beginnings of a scarf

I got some cotton-candy-colored acrylic yarn today...it's supposed to be good for people with sensitivity to wool. I've learned to cast on with some proficiency (that's basically the beginning of a scarf), although knitting itself is harder. I kept dropping stitches (a phrase I never really understood before) but it becomes clear when all your yarn slides off the needle!

Also, knitting is a workout. I taught a yoga class today, but knitting is definitely harder on your shoulders. Maybe I will develop new "knitting muscles."

I'm a little irritated by the concept of holidays. I don't think you should be forced to celebrate anything. Or maybe I'm just becoming Scrooge-like in my dotage.

Anyway, here's a picture of where I'll start tomorrow:

13 comments:

Waspgoddess said...

Fantastic choice of colour. I once knitted a little yellow rabbit and I remember the satisfaction of watching it come together, it was so wonderful.

Maybe I should take it up again, with two cats in the house to chase the ball of yarn around, I'm almost all set already.

Happy Valnetine's, I hope you have a lovely dinner :)

Elsa said...

Ooooo...how exciting! I think it's always fun to learn a new hobby. I can't wait to see it!

Lisa said...

Yay! Welcome to the wonderfully addictive world of knitting. Soon your stash will overflow and you'll have more works-in-progress on your needles than you'll ever know what to do with!

One hint: You might want to try wood needles. They are a little more expensive, but the yarn doesn't slide off of them as much.

Good luck!

Amy said...

I love that color! Good luck with your project too!!

Roxanne said...

That color is yummy (and so is the name)!

Good luck on the first project. :)

Bearette24 said...

WG - thanks! that sounds really cute with the cats. happy v-day to you too.

elsa - well (gulp) it doesn't really look like a scarf yet. i'm still better at casting on than the actual knitting, so i signed up for a class. i'm looking forward to it!

lisa - thanks for the tip! in the book i'm reading, the author recommends bamboo needles...now i know why.

amy & roxanne - thanks! i like yummy-sounding colors, too.

His suzy said...

I'm not always big on pinks, but I really like that color!

Liz said...

Neat! Someone at work offered to teach me how to knit, but I keep forgetting to buy my huge beginner's needles.

blackcrag said...

A start is a good thing. I've often seen my mother undo an entire night's kknitting because she didn't notice she'd dropped a stich, or something.

Best of luck, and I hope that doesn't happen to you (often).

paula said...

You just need to relax and the shoulder thing will go away.

And maybe switch to circular needles (it looks like you have a lot of stitches smooshed on there).

I read the post up above that said you're taking a class. It will make all the difference in the world AND you'll love it. I promise.

Bearette24 said...

BC - thanks!

Paula - thanks for the advice. I hope the class will help too :) I'm holding off a bit on knitting till I take the class (a week from today.)

badgerdaddy said...

Been thinking on knitting a bit myself, but would have to do it without SLF's knowledge. Mainly because she is really excellent at clothing kinda stuff, and partly because anything I made would probably be for her anyway. But I might yet do it.

Bearette24 said...

You should! Knitting on the sly.