I’m learning to knit. I broke down and ran out to not one, but three different stores today to pick up knitting supplies. The first store (Joann’s) I picked up large, chunky yarn and big’ol needles, but sadly it was too dark and chunky for me to see what I was doing.
Then I ran out to a local little shop hoping to get some different yarn and an opinion on what I was doing. I was doing it wrong, was what I was doing. So I picked up some $7 wool (nothing inexpensive in this store, boy howdy – at least it was on sale) and practice with the gal helping. Then I decided that chunky was still too difficult for me to see clearly since it’s all uneven, so I packed up and headed out again.
This time I hit up Michael’s. I decided I just wanted basic, inexpensive yarn. So I picked up a heathered oatmeal, medium worsted skein and a new set of size 8 needles (as the wrapper suggested). And now, I seem to be doing much better with my double cast-on. It moves smoother and I can definitely see my stitches more clearly.
I’ll just keep practicing with this. I have a feeling I might be pulling things too tight though, we’ll see once I learn the knit stitch. I also found someone local (gotta love MeetUp) that is up for meeting with me tomorrow to work with me a bit. I’ll use my chunky stuff for when I’m ready to finally break down and knit a scarf.
I’m quite excited. Thankfully, an online friend pointing me in the direction of KnittingHelp.com where they have how-to videos. For some reason, I find watching how to be much easier than reading how. I do have to say, a friend told me to start cheap, but um, I’m not so sure this is much of an inexpensive beginning.
Okay, off to cast-on some more and then try my hand at knitting and then maybe purling. This is just so freakin’ cool!