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:

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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!

Purling is weird

I recently had my second knitting lesson with Erin, who is a fantastic teacher. This lesson was about purling. To prep myself for this lesson, I borrowed a book from the library that had a fun looking pattern for a scarf and I picked up some yarn to complete this scarf. (I planned ahead this time and purchased two skeins at the same time so that I would be less likely to run out at an inconvenient time). This book has a really great introduction section. There are a ton of fantastic pictures and definitions to detail all of those knitting terms. I’m not sure how many of the patterns I will use, but the “boyfriend basket weave” scarf is definitely on the list.

There is really only one way to sum up purling. It’s weird. It feels weird. It kind of looks weird. Knitting was a lot easier to learn because I still have some muscle memory from making friendship bracelets when I was little and from french braiding hair at slumber parties. I have absolutely no muscle memory for the movements required for purling. I have found that I can start knitting and keep going without paying much attention to what I am doing. However, with purling I have to pay close attention to what I am doing the entire time.

In addition, the pattern that I am going to try goes back and forth from knitting to purling and back again. My brain was a bit in overload mode. There is a lot of thinking involved when purling is thrown in. Switching back and forth from purling to knitting takes a lot of concentration. And following an actual pattern takes even more concentration. Although, it is nice to know that now that I know purling I can pretty much try any knitting pattern out there. Blankets, hats, socks, sweaters……

Or, I might just stick with simple scarves for awhile……