New project and new skill learning in progress: I am knitting a scarf!!
Earlier this fall, a friend of my parents gave me a sewing machine and a bunch of accessories. In this box, there were a series of knitting needles. As the cold season settles in, I have more and more the incline to cocoon at home. These needles kept lurking at me from the corner of the room, so I bolted to the store and got myself some yarn.
I will often start a new project with something too complicated. This time, I decided to control myself and do something simple. A scarf it is!
You got to love YouTube to get started with any project. You have all the how-to videos you can wish for. After learning about a few techniques, I practiced a few rows and ran into some issues. I dropped some stitches, knit larger and larger, created some new stitches and holes and ended up with too wide of a scarf for my needles.
Here are some of the really basic tricks I figured out either by watching more videos or by trial and errors:
- Count your stitches!! It will help you stitch straighter.
- When you start your first row, the width of the project looks too narrow and you feel like you don't have enough stitches... Well, as you add rows, they spread apart. I would say that it becomes about 75% wider. I don't know if it is because I am a beginner, but every single time I start something, that's what happens.
- With big yarn, I found that 20 stitches was a perfect width. I am also knitting a little iPod bag for my sister with thinner yarn and again, 20 stitches was the perfect width.
- I have been clearly told by work colleagues to never use cotton yarn and to stick with stretchy material to avoid tension in the fingers and shoulders. I second that! Although, I will say that as a beginner and knot quite knowing how to hold your needles, you will experience some tension. That will fade away as you become better at knitting.
I am now half way through my scarf! I kept it simple with an easy cast over pattern. I tried at first to do some ridges or pearling, but changed my mind. I want to complete a project well before upping the complexity level.
Once the scarf is completed, I'll show you the final result!
Until then, have a very happy fall or spring, wherever you are!
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!