Friday, August 22, 2008

Knitty Gritty

This is a little show-and-tell. I started knitting last month. It's something I've wanted to do for a while. One of the things I like about knitting it that it's portable, and I really wanted to be able to do something crafty while on vacation. I checked out a few books from the library (children's how-to books, because I wanted clear, illustrated explanations) and I've watched some videos online. So here are some of my finished projects. (All of these are Christmas gifts, btw.)

This is my very first--a scarf.
The scarf could stand to be a little longer, but I'd had enough already! This is why I should always keep at least two projects going, so if I'm bored with one, I can go work on the other for a while.

This hat is SouleMama's favorite hat. It was done on a circular needle and finished on double-pointed needles, and I had a lot of fun with it. I wished I looked good in this kind of hat, cause this yarn is really soft! Alas, I have the kind of face/head that requires a big brim!
Another hat--just the kind of fun kid hat that I love! Caroline has a similarly-styled hat (down to the pompoms) from the Gap that she's worn for the last few years.
And here are some works in progress. One thing I've been frustrated about is how every project I want to do seems to require different size needles. That gets expensive! Maybe I should have just bought a complete set of needles up front...but I didn't. This is a skull cap to coordinate with the scarf. This pattern called for a size 5 circular needle, but I don't have that, so I'm doing it on the size 5 dpns that I do have. Getting it started the first couple of times around was tricky, but I am loving working on this. (Ignore the clutter-covered dining room table. I think my poor husband wonders if we'll ever be able to dine in there again--it's become Crafty Wonderland!)
And this is going to be a poncho. This yarn is so soft!
So that's what I've got on the needles for now. I do have some other projects to complete before Christmas, and I do tend to throw in additional ones just for fun, so I'll be very busy for the next few months! I am really enjoying this new hobby.


Meredith said...

You've only been knitting since LAST MONTH????? I must be the most remedial knitter on the earth. You are fantastic!!!

Still garter stitching my life away,

Knitting Loser

katrina said...

I was thinking the exact same thing. Having just started, you are already changing this to work with your needles, etc. wow! and you are fast! :) I am incredibly impressed.