Well I’ve been practicing quite a bit over the past couple days. I managed to finish off a little piece fairly successfully and look what a lovely shrug it makes for Jill.
It seems that your stages of learning to knit (or crochet) can be measured in dolls scarves: Polly Pocket scarf, Barbie Scarf, American Girl doll scarf. Then eventually human child, human adult. I decided to go ahead and use the beautiful soft green yarn Megan gave me, even though it seems better for someone advanced as it is a bit fluffy. I cast on a lot of stitches so it’s pretty wide. It’s just practice so I hesitate to say it will be anything, but maybe it could be a scarf? Tiny neck wrap? There’s always Barbie blanket.
I still have questions, such as what’s that hole doing in the middle? And how come it’s not a perfect rectangle, but angles down on the side? But overall I think it’s going well. I’ve got about a 2″ x 9″ rectangle so far. Here are some things I’ve observed:
- I had no idea knitting primarily took place all at the tip of the needles. (unless I’m doing it wrong. and bear in mind I’m only doing one stitch.)
- It’s interesting to me how much you can manipulate it-I can bunch up the piece and it looks like a pretty ruffle, or I can stretch it out.
- I’m fascinated that you can start without even a pair of scissors-it’s all one uninterrupted piece of yarn!
- Again, I’m fascinated that you can just pick up the needles and yarn and that’s it-you’re good to go. When I’m settling in to do some cross stitch or embroidery I’ve always got my little scissors, a pincushion or needlebook, my threads, and the piece. This seems so free of supplies!
- Also fascinated to realize you could do this lying down.
Now, the bad news. The muscles in the thumb pad part of my hands are killing me. Like, serious pain and it hurts to pick up anything requiring a grasp. I have to assume it is from trying out this new activity (which did not hurt while I was doing it at all) with lots of intense concentration while learning. No matter, I’m very pleased! And my hands will have a break tomorrow because…my new sewing machine arrives tomorrow!