A Scarf for Ryan – #8

Although the temp might be in the 90s this weekend, right now you definitely need a jacket when you go outside.  Since this might be the last time in quite awhile when a jacket is required if you are going outside, I made the decision to finish this scarf tonight!


Finally! Finally I am finished with this scarf! It’s actually kind of a good thing that spring has decided to take a vacation away from Chicago because Ryan might actually be able to use this scarf without having to wait until November.

One of my fave parts about knitting

No, this is not to update the fact that I’ve finally finished Ryan’s scarf.  *sigh*  I swear I’ll finish it.  I swear I will.  But one of my favorite parts of knitting is planning my next project.  Should I finish the one that I’m working on before starting another project?  Of course I should.  Is that what’s going to happen?  Not necessarily.

Last summer, I bought some books with baby knit patterns with the idea that I would start doing some knitting for my nephew.  That didn’t happen.  And that still hasn’t happened.  Now, there is a new little niece on the way and Ryan and I are expecting our own baby.  So, it’s official.  It’s time to dig out the baby knitting books and start planning.

Planning the next project really is one of my favorite parts of knitting.  I love looking at patterns.  I love going to the yarn department at Jo-Ann.  I love all of that.

So now comes the hard part.  I will (I will, I will, I will, I will) finish Ryan’s scarf.  I only need to add a couple more inches to it and it will finally be complete.  And then I will (I will, I will, I will, I will) pick out and start some baby (and toddler) projects.

Which do you recommend?  Blankets or baby hats? Or both?

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #7

Almost finished! It’s almost finished! I’m thinking that I only  need to add a couple more inches to the scarf and it’ll finally (finally!!!!) be done.  And since this is Illinois, the weather might actually still get cold enough for Ryan to use it this winter.

Almost done....

This pattern is easy and fun.

Buddy is excited, too!

But, she's not as helpful as she thinks she is.

My First Lesson in Crocheting

I have found many fun patterns and knitting pattern books that also require you to have a background in crocheting. I decided that it was time for me to give it a try. After Christmas, armed with my gift card from Mom and Dad, I went to Jo-Ann to sign up for two classes. I signed up for Crochet 101 and Cake Decorating Basics. (I’ll let you know how the cake decorating class goes in a couple weeks.)

I was a bit unsure how the lesson was going to go as I’ve never taken a class at Jo-Ann before. When I was taught how to knit, it was by someone that I already knew and someone that I knew would be incredibly patient with me when I got confused and frustrated.  (Erin is awesome!!!!)

All in all, it was not too bad.  It was a nice basic intro to crochet.  However, I still need a lot of practice and tutoring.  I’m kind of stuck because I am definitely not ready for the next step up at Jo-Ann.  However, I won’t be able to self-teach myself or self-correct myself.  Perhaps, one of the lovely ladies in my family who all seem to know how to crochet will take pity on me and give me free lessons……..

In the meantime, crocheting is kind of weird.  And it definitely feels weird now that I’ve been knitting as long as I have.  The motions feel odd.  But, I do think that with a great tutor and a lot of practice, this could be something that I could get in to.

What I accomplished tonight:

My blob of crochet

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #6

Oh, will I ever finish this scarf? It seems a bit doubtful but I am determined.  I am also determined to finish this asap because I know of two babies who will be born this year and I need to start figuring out how to make piles of baby stuff.

I had a lot to get done this weekend but somehow finished it all Sunday afternoon!  I’m pretty impressed with myself.  The good thing is, everything was done.  The even better thing is, now I was able to get some knitting done!

After a Sunday evening and a Monday afternoon of knitting, I actually am beginning to think that I might finish this scarf!  And I might finish it on time for Ryan to actually use it during the winter!

The scarf so far:

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #5

So, I now have more inspiration to finish this scarf. First, it’s cold out and Ryan needs to have a warm neck. Second, Erin is coming over in a couple days to teach me how to knit in the round. I really want to get this scarf mostly finished before I start a new project.

So, while watching a marathon of Harry Potter movies, I sat down to get some work done on this scarf.

I’m actually kind of impressed with what I was able to accomplish tonight.

The scarf at this point:

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #4

Neverending pile of books

OK, this is getting ridiculous.  I’ve been working on this scarf for a long (!!!!!) time now and it still isn’t close to being long enough to function as a scarf.  So, I’ve fallen behind on my knitting.  My pile of books that I still need to read has grown instead of shrunk.  I’ve only baked one recipe from my self-assigned task of baking my way through Baked.

A while ago, when I was commenting on my lack of getting things done, Ryan said, “Yea.  It’s kind of like you have a full-time job again.”  Yea.

Oh well.

My goal was to get this scarf done by the time that it started to get cold.  It’s now November.  It has definitely begun to get cold out.  I have gone past my goal.

Will the scarf be finished?  Yes.

Will the scarf be finished soon? Ummmmmmmmmm……………..

I had the day off today and there was a ton of housework that I could’ve started.  However, I’ve been waging war against a cold for the past several weeks and didn’t really want to leave the couch today.  So, that meant catching up on some naps, some reading, and some knitting.

I actually made some progress on the scarf today.  After this morning, it looks like:

It's almost a scarf!

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #3

Oh, man.  I have got to finish this scarf!  I spent most of my downtime this summer reading my way through piles and piles of books.  Now, I’m not apologizing for getting so much reading accomplished in just a few months.  I love reading and always try to have at least one book ready to go.  The down side is that I didn’t get any knitting done this summer!  Despite the temperature highs this past weekend, fall is on it’s way and I need to finish this scarf.

So, I gave myself a job on Columbus Day.  My task was to knit for at least an hour on Columbus Day.  I knew that I would also do laundry, wash the dishes, and start reading a new book but I knew that I needed to start making my knitting a priority once again or Ryan would never be able to use this scarf.

After an hour of knitting, I think that I’ve made some solid progress.  I may actually have this done by the time that winter decides to show up.


Ryan's Scarf


Some Helpful Knitting Sites

As I’ve been working on my knitting, I have stumbled upon more and more links that might be helpful.  I thought that I would share those.

How to Knit the Knit Stitch –  The close up pictures are actually pretty helpful and they use a large knitting needle so you can see more of the detail in depth for the stitch

How to Knit the Purl Stitch – As with the one listed above, the pictures are helpful and the video is pretty good too.  They use a large knitting needle in this one as well so that you can really see the stitch and the details.

KnittingHelp.com – This site is very useful.  There is a lot of information covered on this site that ranges from different stitches to how to wind your yarn.

I hope that these are helpful to you too!

A Scarf for Ryan – Update #1

I am actually pretty surprised with just how quickly this scarf is coming together.  Now that the muscle memory is really kicking in, row after row is coming together quite quickly.

The scarf so far:

And since the pattern isn’t too complicated it really is a great pattern to begin with.  This is the first item that I’ve knit that hasn’t just been a series of garter stitches!