Thursday, October 8, 2009

Knit Wit

CO 44 sts on dpn.

Knitting code.

I swear - Morse Code would be easier.

That little sentence was the last straw. Pushed me right over the edge.
Cast on 44 stitches on double-pointed needles.

Who's idea was it to knit with not two, but FOUR needles at one time?

All I want to do is knit a pair of (skill level ONE) FINGERLESS gloves.

So.. a lot of you knit out there. Believe me, I've noticed. Caps, caps with patterns, SWEATERS, wool, wool spinning... my head was spinning. Dreaming of sheep. Drooling over patterns that may as well be written in another language. I dug out my needles and well.. after sitting in the orchard CASTING-ON for an hour and a half (fingers white and numb by now), I packed it in.

So tomorrow - I am going to a knitting class. I can't wait.

Maybe now someone can explain why my right index finger points like a irish setter when I hold the yarn? I'll keep you posted. At this point I am just hoping I can make it through with out injuring myself!

k1,p1 or bust!!

(I need that on a tee-shirt)

26 comments:

dmoms said...

knit one purl two.

If it makes you feel better - I have restarted on a hat now - FOUR times!

enjoy the class.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

Leigh,
Just so you know, my first project was a scarf. I have to remind people when they call it a blanket.
Can't wait to hear about your knitting class. Stick with it, you of all people will master it.

Callista said...

lol i gave up knitting years ago.... im terrible at it. crocheting is soooo much easier. i dont do anything but blankets and scarves so crocheting works for me. i could never keep my tension right on the knitting needles.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I tried knitting last winter and it nearly drove me nuts. I'd admire people who can do it though... I don't have the patience. Good luck with your class. -Jackie

The Cottage Comtesse said...

I want to learn to knit, but I can never seem to get past the knit one purl one (or two, or whatever). I did buy the two younger girls each a knitting kit for Christmas. It is actually a bit more like weaving I think. Perhaps it will inspire me to move ahead in the art.

Sarah, my first project was a dish rag! Yes, a knitted dish rag. Not very inspiring!

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

Oh boy, have you opened a can of worms. Leigh, you're going to get this and then you're going to take off, I know it. Just be patient with yourself.

Good luck at your class. I can hardly wait to hear how it went...

Jackie said...

Best of luck with the knitting. I used to partake...but I was below skill level one ;)

Green Bean said...

Ha! I can't decipher that stuff to save my life. I recently did a couple hats based on Crazy Aunt Purl. Love it because no morse code required. Good luck at the class. I need to go to one!

P said...

two things- make sure you learn continental and not overcast- much more efficient, and write it out long hand- it'll help when you start and it'll make you learn the code.

dillpickle said...

I haven't been brave enough yet to try dpn's - I'm having enough trouble with circular needles!! Let us know if you learn any tricks in knitting class :-)

Holli said...

Great news about signing up for a class! As I was reading your post, I kept wishing you could come to my house for a private lesson with me. Was happy/relieved to read you'll be getting instruction sometime soon! Good luck and enjoy. You'll get the hang of this!

Kelly said...

Best of luck!!

Heather said...

If you want it you'll figure it out! I just have that feeling~ Classes are always helpful even if they help you decide it just isn't for you. That's what they usually do for me. lol. Can't wait to see the gloves!

gonzomama said...

i tried learning on my own (with help from a book). classes were the way to go. i went until i felt i had the hang of it. if there is a knitting group near you i suggest joining that. i go to knit night almost every tuesday and there is always someone there to help if i get stuck.

be patient. that's the best advice i can give. it will come. just take your time. and enjoy!!! can't wait to see what you make!

(and you could knit the gloves flat and then just seam them up the side to forego the double points)

Nancy said...

i don't knit. wish i did. enjoy your class. can't wait to see the fingerless gloves!

Farmama said...

Good luck at your knitting class! You will soon be saying "Oh this is so easy!" Welcome to the fun world of knitting!
Love, Sara

gardenmama said...

hehe you crack me up!
enjoy your class and start with a scarf! : )

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

If you only knew how many unfinished projects are tucked away in my closet...and each summer I swear that this fall I'm going to pick them up again...or not.
This year I think I'm going to try to get a lunchtime group going at work.
Good luck with you class!

deb said...

Would it make you feel any better if I told you that I'm still working on a wash cloth that I started last January?! Sad but true. I speak the same language as you. I want to knit. I really, really do.

Hope your knitting class was just what you needed! :)

P.S. I second your t-shirt idea!

Seeds in the City. said...

yay!! good for you! And remember, it's not a competitive sport. I've been working on the same sock for most of the year now :-P and just turned the heel.

Flo said...

Don't worry Beegirl! I remember trying to knit ages ago and then my Mum's friend taught me when I was 15, and I've been knitting ever since! Having someone to show you always makes the world of difference - books and even videos just don't quite cut it. You're so brave for trying DPNs though...I've been knitting nearly 4 years now and I have still never been brave nough to give them a try. Good luck!

Jessica said...

Knitting class will be perfect! Just having someone to sort through casting on and such is a huge help. I love the idea of k1, p1 or bust on a t-shirt...it's great!!!!
Happy knitting!

underthebigbluesky said...

keep us posted. hoping the class helps. i am a knitting failure, my fingers just don't seem to cooperate with one another! hopefully soon I'll be envious of your knitting endeavors too!

and i love the shirt idea, go over to zazzle and make it for yourself!

The Hip Homemaker said...

Oh, I have been away too long. I am so glad its not just me. My coworkers and I are knitting a blanket for a former coworker and I am s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g. Good luck, I can't wait to hear how your class went.

Lily Boot said...

Funny! :-) I had to start a "simple yet effective scarf" at least 7 times before I got the pattern right - and trust me, it was a SIMPLE pattern. I can't hold the needle in my right hand while I wrap the wool around the needle to make the stitch - it drives my mother and grandmother crazy. Good luck!

June said...

Oh, I am such a dolt about the knitting. Needles make me feel needled. Even my mother can't help me. Even my daughters are more proficient. And you're going to leave me behind, too? Leigh!