Learning to read knitting

Photo courtesy of Quince & Co.
Photo courtesy of Quince & Co.

As you may know, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to knit a cardigan. After consulting Excellent E. I decided to start with the Featherweight cardigan, which apparently everyone is making these days. However having decided this I then have faffed around for several weeks before finally downloading the pattern yesterday.

I printed it off and with excitement opened to the first page were I was confronted with the fact that I don’t read knitting. Beyond the first two words: cast on,  I was lost. I figure it was like looking at computer programming or Latin for the first time. I had expected to struggle a bit and had already booked in a pub knitting session with Excellent E. but I hadn’t anticipated not having the foggiest idea what on earth it was saying.

Over our Friday knitting session, with the help of my fellow knitters  I began to decipher the pattern. Duh, P2 means purl two. Ok that makes sense but K1?  Everyone started at me with raised eyebrows before someone gently said nit one. Light-bulb -nit begins with a ‘k’. Being a dyslexic may pose a few issues here.

So with new excitment and a date to meet in the pub to knit. I rushed off to Loop to grab meself some yarn. With the help of the lovely ladies there I chose BC GARN semilla extra fino, a 100% organic wool (oz128).  With approx 300m per 50g skein and I’ve got four of them While it won’t be machine washable, I am quite capable of hand washing. Its a gorgeous light sage green.

With excitement I decided to quickly roll the skein into  a ball so I could do a few quick rows to check the gauge. But after 10 or so minutes i dropped the skein and hell rose up. I then spent 4 hours (I kid you not) untangling the wretched thing – breaking the yarn twice in the process. As a result I went to bed more than just a little purturbed. I’m off to the pub now (that will really aid my knitting I think) but I think it is safe to say this whole knitting a cardigan thing may take a while.


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