11 September 2013

Crochet White Wrap Progress & That "Eureka" Moment

The White Wrap/Shawl is progressing along nicely now.
I have a lot of scrumbles joined together and it is really starting to take shape.

Lots of lovely texture...... I love texture.
Some lacy delicate dainty parts.
Waves ruffles bobbles and fluffles.

Loose threads still to weave in, and more scrumbles to join up.
It's fun.

And now.................on to the other title of this blog.............


Yes, I have had a 'moment' of that description this week.
I have learnt to knit.
I am able to knit.

All my life I have admired knitters but never been able to master it myself. My mother tried teaching me, my school teacher tried teaching me, various friends over the years have tried teaching me. I even had a 98 years young lady try to teach me.
I couldn't understand how to cast on, and even when someone else did the casting on for me, I still couldn't get the knitting bit right.
I could never get the hang of it and gave up trying in the end. 
I was Doomed to call myself a NON-KNITTER for ever.
Until last week that is.

I have been so inspired by the creative knitters on Tuesday Stitchers:
I spent two whole days watching youtube video's on how to knit.
I've lost count of how many video's I watched, but it was definitely A LOT.
And NOW, just look what I can do...... I CAN KNIT......

A tentative start after the cast-on.

Still a bit unsure at this early stage.

 The ribbing starts to appear.

I lost half a row of stitches about half way through this ribbing, and although I managed to recover the loops without dropping a stitch, I think I put the loops back onto the needle the wrong way around, hence the midway 'bumps' along that row.

Oh yes, I think I've got the hang of the ribbing now, so I tried a different stitch.
Hah! So that is how stocking stitch is made, lol. It's all becoming clear now.

More rows dropped, damn it's annoying when I do that.
More care needed, but at least I managed to pick up the loops the right way around this time.

WooHooo look at me go.

excuse me while I shout louder

That was my eureka moment.
Can you tell I'm excited about being able to knit. 
I'm sure my mother is looking down on me at this moment with a big smile on her face.
Perseverance, see, that's all it needed.

Lessons learnt this week

  • You can teach an old dog new tricks
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again
  • It doesn't matter if I knit slow and clumsy, as Iong as I DO it somehow
  • Slippery needles are, well....... slippery (duh!)
  • If it doesn't work one way, try it another
  • Check each row for mistakes before moving on
  • Big Boobs and a deep cleavage make a great needle grabber in emergencies
  • Knitting takes about 30% LESS wool than crochet does
  • Relax and enjoy the ride

1 comment:

  1. Hearty congratulations and the knitters of this world are delighted to be able to announce that you`ve been assimilated!! As for me, I`m in total drooling astounded awe of your scrumble piece....utterly amazing.....