January 14, 2008

I've Been Bitten...

...by the knitting bug! A couple of weeks ago, wildtomato and the boy paid me a visit.
We had a great time catching up and I'm in LOVE with Vespa and Mingus! On New Year's Eve day, in a coffee shop, wildtomato taught myself, my mother, and my 11YO daughter how to knit. It was awesome!
We started off with dish rags, which are 100% cotton and very pretty, as well as functional. I have since knitted two scarves and 3 and a half dish rags on my own. I've actually knitted more, but I usually get in a good groove when I'm about halfway through an item. I then realize that I want to knit the whole thing looking pretty, so I pull it all out and start over. In fact, I have started most of my projects a good three or four times (at least!) before I get to the halfway point.
I just love that knitting allows for 'do-overs!'
So, here is a picture of my second completed scarf. I made the first one for 11YO and she has it at school with her this very moment. She loves it! I finished this scarf just yesterday and it is being modeled by the lovely 5YO.

Yes, she's still wearing her Christmas PJs...

I found this really bulky acrylic yarn at Wal Mart and have developed a love/hate relationship with it. I love it because it is so bulky and irregular that it hides my mistakes really well. I hate it because it is so bulky and irregular that I make a lot more mistakes with it.

I have now started on another scarf...and it's another novelty-type of yarn. Surprisingly, however, it's a bit easier to work with than the other stuff. I'm almost halfway done with it, but it's thin and doesn't take up much space. Here is the work in progress, in its little tub that I broke down and bought to keep my projects safe from the dreaded kitty kat that hides in the shadows and waits for me to look away, if even for just a second. He is a yarn thief, plain and simple.

I'm very drawn to blacks and browns right now, for some reason. I just bought some chenille yarn in those same colors. I cannot wait to make something out of it! I've been purchasing needle sizes as I need them, so as not to spend too much money up front. I'm a bit of a flake when it comes to hobbies and I tend to dive into something head-on and buy lots of things that I may or may not actually use.

So far, however, I love knitting. It's very relaxing and even seems to calm down my mind. It usually spins out of control with too much idle time, and this seems to help balance things out.

I wonder if this is how ritalin works.....

Anyhow, I'm having a lot of fun and it's really great to be able to actually finish something and have something to show for it. Since my only job is that of 'Mom' I don't feel like I actually finish a whole lot around here. The laundry might appear to be done, but the clothes we're all wearing--DIRTY! Dishes, toilets...none of that stuff ever feels 'done' to me!

So, I hope to have more knitting adventures to share with you, here and there. Since this hobby is all shiny and new to me, I've been preferring knitting to spending time on the computer.

Just as soon I figure out how to knit while typing, I'll be all set!


wildtomato said...

Ooooh, so pretty! Your newest scarf looks lovely.

Lady, have you tried purling yet? I think it's time... Your next scarf can be a ribbed one (for her pleasure, of course).

My entire life, I have had busy hands, so I understand why you have taken to knitting! If I don't give my hands something useful to do, I end up doing stupid things like picking at my fingernails.

Jessie said...

YAY! Another knitter! Listen, if you need linkage for some help, go to knittinghelp.com and watch the videos. they're life savers for knitting n00bs. Keep up the good work, maybe we can swap yarn some day.

Leann I Am said...

Wildtomato, THANKS! I know...I need to learn how to purl! I'll get there! I just keep starting projects that don't require it!

And I am a total nailbiter, so this is right up my alley!

Leann I Am said...

Jessie, I would love to swap yarn...someday! For now, I'm just working on building up my 'stash' and am trying not to buy something I don't have an immediate need for.

Wildtomato sent me to knittinghelp.com and that site ROCKS! That woman is so helpful and clear...and I'm sure she'll be teaching me to purl in the next few days!

REENblack said...

I was taught how to knit when I was in the hospital for preterm labor with my daughter. I enjoyed it, but it made my pointer finger go numb...I must have been doing something wrong!!! :-) I then taught myself how to crochet (I started making a scarf two weeks ago, but didn't have enough to finish). I think I may go to that site and possibly pick it up again! Thanks for the inspiration!

Leann I Am said...

E, I wonder what made your finger go numb....too strange! I can crochet too, but I've never been very good at it OR had the attention span it would take to improve. Knitting does seem like a really good way to pass the time if you're on bedrest!

As for the inspiration...no problem!

GO TO THAT SITE! C'MON! All the cool kids are doin' it!!!!!