In my infinite desire for a challenge, I took on Denise and Joceline’s beloved Yarn Lady label for this month (and who knows – maybe for a long time to come, as well!). Although I love getting crafty and trying out new DIY projects, the seemingly tedious nature of knitting usually makes me feel impatient by thought alone; combined with a slightly-OCD streak, I feared I might be a knotter, not a knitter. Eager not to waste a moment, though, I began The Yarn Hajj to enlightenment on Monday. First, I found some yarn and played with my nephew-cat:
On Youtube, Judy taught me to cast on:
Then the knit stitch came.
In a fit of fury, I almost stabbed myself in the eyes with those damn needles. Maybe I should have tried the “Patience” label on for size this month instead.
29 tries later, I
dumped Judy for resorted to a knitting book, and studied the method and deep intellectual theory of knitting.
Clearly I am a visual learner. Purling followed soon thereafter.
On Tuesday morning, I knit a square large enough to be a Beanie Baby cape (dear lord, I miss the 90s).
On Tuesday night, I finished my first coozie. On Wednesday, I used my newly-knit coozie at work!
On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, I knit approximately 15 rows on my original tie project before realizing it was also too wide and destined for cooziedom. Currently I am contemplating all the
wonderful gifts coozies I can knit my coworkers as belated Christmas gifts, but the effort involved seems overpowering and tedious (see: reasons why I knew this would be a challenge).
In other news, coozies can be lengthened to become cuffs (who doesn’t want warm wrists in DC in January?) or, in a fit of glory and unbridled knitting prowess, the astounding 80s throwback of LEGWARMERS.
This still seems like a lot of knotting and purling though.
So the new resolution for next week is to stop imagining yarn-related projects and to actually keep MAKING them. Also, in no particular order, I will learn: how to cast off, how to connect two ends of a project, and how to do a new stitch.
For inspiration, I have been wearing the lovely hat Denise knit me for Christmas!