Knitting Diaries

26 Jan

I had initially planned to do my blog on the Featherweight cardigan when it was all done. But I’m beginning to think that’s probably not such a good idea – you’d either read something short like I’ve thrown it in the bin and never going to knit again or you’d get something so long I could probably submit it as a doctoral thesis. Also I figure I’m going to need all the help I can get – so feel free to comment, share blogs or videos of knitting for dummies!

So here begins the Knitting Diaries.

This evening’s first 50 minutes and I all I did this was cast on (twice as I miscounted) and do the set up row. During which I had to lookup what (WS) stood for –wrong side. I then decided it was dinner time and distracted myself with an elaborate version of pasta and pesto.

Refuelled I decided to tackle Row 1. It took me 30 minutes. Pausing again to do some research – this time on how to do a M1R and M1L. I found the twist collective’s photo tutorial quite handy. Though I admit it took me quite a few back and fourths staring at the screen and my needles in various stages of vague understanding, bafflement and discombobulation before I got it (or at least I think I got it).

Then in the midst it says k to 1 st before m and I’m right back to a high school algebra test – sweaty palms, racing pulse and furrowed brows. But common sense prevailed and with the help of the Abbreviations section of the patterns I calmed down and proceeded.

Row 1 complete. Now the big test is have I have actually increased by 8sts? On my second count I get the magical 62 sts but count again to make sure. 62 the second time. I make an audible PHEW and G raises his eyebrows at me from across the room (he’s learning not to talk to me while I am knitting).

I decide to call it a night while the going’s good (and take my knitting into work for Excellent E. to check – just like with Algebra home work).

I decided I might need clear visual affirmation that I am indeed progressing. So here's the results of day one's exertions.

I decided I might need clear visual affirmation that I am indeed progressing. So here’s the results of day one’s exertions.

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