Saturday, May 03, 2008

I'm doomed

I went and did it. I bought a pair of knitting needles and some yarn, and last night I got together with some co-workers and learned to knit. Okay, "learn" is a strong word. "Tried" is better. This morning I tried to do some more and failed to even get started. I tossed the needles aside and said, "bah! I have too much other stuff to do anyway."

And then I went online, found a cool beginner's website, learned a new way to "cast on", and went to town. I knitted two rows, purled two rows, and cast off. I wouldn't say it was easy--I dropped a few stitches and my finished product is pretty loose--but I think I'm actually getting the hang of it. I'll never knit my own sweaters, but if I can get good enough to work my way up to scarves, I wouldn't complain.

Like I needed another way to fill my days, right?

ETA the pictures.


Jodi Meadows said...

Oooh, it looks great! You'll be knitting sweaters in no time, for real! You've totally got the hang of your knits and purls. That's more than a lot of people get their first times! :)

Kelly Swails said...

Thanks, dude! Something just clicked today: "oh, this is just weaving a bunch of fancy almost-knots". After I knitted for about an hour my hands were all sore and crinkled up. I felt like an old woman. :)

Bridget (& Jimmy) said...

You're knitting? That sounds like something Julie would do.
I think you're just trying not to study. So, get studying.
Good luck!

Sean M. Murphy said...

I'd like to put in my order for a nice Irish fisherman's sweater made with Aran wool... you know, for that inevitable day when you can't stand to sit down and write and need a massive project to distract you...

Kelly Swails said...

Bridget: I know, doesn't it? It's oddly addicting, though.

Sean: You bet. As soon and I master the purl stitch and make myself a griffyndor scarf ... and write a few more books ... oh, and play guitar hero ... ;)