Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What a Difference the Right Tools Makes!

I have knit.

I mean, really, made a cute little swatch of knitting with no mistakes in it! If you use your imagination, it actually looks like it could be part of a sweater or a rather pathetic little scarf instead of something barely alive that the cat dragged in.

The key was finding a book that had pictures in it that I could actually follow (and showed me a left-handed method different from what my other books showed!), buying a pair of bamboo knitting needles (much less slippery than the metal ones I had), and buying some real wool, mysteriously harvested from real sheep, rather than that nasty acrylic stuff I had in my crochet basket. I've always been appalled at what they do to those poor helpless baby acrylics when harvesting their pelts, anyway, so I'm glad I don't have to support that industry with my tacky crocheted afghans anymore.

Five minutes after looking at the pictures in the new book, I was knitting away. Slowly, to be sure, but over the past few days I've picked up speed, and have even ventured ever so timidly on to the next page where I confronted the dreaded "purl" stitch, something I never dreamed I would ever be clever enough to figure out. Ah, the mysteries of knitting, unravelling before my very eyes!

At the moment, I am trying to disentangle myself from several hundred yards of wool that attacked me when the dogs knocked over my knitting basket. It has somehow come free of its skeins and wrapped itself about me spider-web fashion. Typing is becoming quite difficult as my left hand is almost entirely immobilized. I shall blog more when I get free...

14 comments:

deepblue said...

Ha! Congratulations on your knitting success!

Aqua said...

Yay you! Congrats on your success. Maybe at some point you could share a picture of your knitting? I'd love to see your creative work. Have fun.
...aqua

Tamara said...

Jazz,

Oh my gosh! Flooded with memories. Good ones!

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was a little girl. She was left handed and I am right and so we had the opposite problem from you. Makes me teary remembering that.

I haven't knitted in years. I would have to COMPLETELY relearn and I have no idea how you can learn from pictures in a book. It was difficult enough with someone right there showing me!

I am glad that you are having so much fun with it.

susan said...

wow. i would love to learn how to knit and crochet.

i've added you to my blogroll, btw.

Wellness Writer said...

Jazz,
Here, here for left-handed knitters. Just as I finished reading your post, I looked at my mail, and low and behold, a friend sent me wooden knitting needles and a booklet on knitting with a skein of pink wool yarn so that I can knit a scarf for a cancer survivor!

I am using you as my role model, although after your description of what you've knit, I'm a bit concerned about actually seeing its image on your blog!

Susan

Jazz said...

deepblue--Thanx! Although I think congratulations are a bit premature...Although I have managed not to injure myself (yet), and am almost free of the yarn that attacked me, I have yet to knit a single garment...still, I've only been at it for a week or so, so I might be expecting a bit much of myself!

Jazz said...

Aqua--
Yay me, indeed...however, I am not certain that my fragile ego could survive me posting any sort of photo of the small, limp bit of knitting I have done...unless the photo was taken at a great distance...at very low resolution...hmm...that might work...

Jazz said...

Tamara--
The pictures were actually very helpful...the book is called "10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Knit" and is published by Leisure Arts. I picked it up at my local Michael's store...I doubt I will attempt any of the projects in it...they all look a bit drab and boring--you know, scarves, doggie jackets (I cannot see either of my dogs tolerating the indignity of a doggie jacket, even if it was lovingly hand-knitted...the thing would end up as either breakfast or a chew toy..or perhaps both!), mittens and socks...but the $10 was well spent because it has taught me how to do this thing that has eluded me for so long!

Jazz said...

Susan--
Thank you for adding me to your blogroll...I will have to add you to mine...haven't done any of that bloggity upkeep chore stuff for quite a little while...

Jazz said...

Susan (Wellness Writer)--
Oh, don't use me as a role model, I'm a dreadful role model, and when you see the limp little scrap I have created, you will turn pale with terror!

Have fun with your scarf! That sounds like a worthy project...I do not think my pathetic little attempt would actually manage to meet "scarf" status, being quite small and not at all fringed, and a bit curled in the places where it isn't supposed to be curled...and not quite curly enough in others, if you see what I mean (which you probably don't, as there are not pictures yet), but perhaps my next swatch will be a bit more daring and exciting...and better executed...we can always hope, can't we?

Wellness Writer said...

Jazz,
Yes, we can always hope. And tonight, I've tried my darnest to figure out how to cast on--and I can't. I asked my husband to help, to no avail, because he used to be a Boy Scout and could tie knots. Tomorrow, it's back to the library for a knitting DVD. Yikes, this is hard.

Susan
P.S. I really miss my mom, who could have taught me this.

Jazz said...

Well, if the DVD's don't help, email me...you could give me a call and I might be able to talk you through it. I agree--casting on was not the easiest thing to figure out. I think the knitting itself is easier.

Stephany said...

This is why I paint. LOL

Jazz said...

Stephany--
Painting could be worse...imagine the splatters I could leave all over the floor and the walls and the dogs...no, I don't dare try painting...it could be disastrous! At least getting tangled up in my yarns doesn't make a huge, multicolored mess...well, I mean it does until I sweep them away into a bag...