Tonight was my second knitting class and I feel accomplished :)
I am starting my class project which is a Roll Watch Cap out of the Yankee Knitter Designs Pamphlet written by Melinda Goodfellow. Mine will not be striped but instead is a solid aquamarine color (Reynold's Signature Brand Yarn). I am also knitting it on a pair of circular needles...which is oh so confusing.
|The birth of a hat|
I'm sure once I get the hang of it, I will love them. I'm already in love with the nickel plated tips. However, at the moment I'm getting tangled up in the cord. I'm also having issues with the magic loop. Or mainly, threading the stitches back onto the needle after I finish half of the hat. It's going to be a case of practice, practice, practice. And more than likely me haunting The Knitting Corner and Beadery begging for help. And I haven't even gotten to the decreasing yet.
Based on my small head, I casted on 98 stitches which is what the pattern calls for a child's medium. I didn't go with an adult small, because Stephanie said that it's been pretty large for most of the ladies. For the magic loop, after the 98 stitches are on the needles (which I had to re-count many, many times...) half of the stitches then gets moved to the other needle....and pulled off, so I can be connected in the round. Look mom, no seams! I then knit trying to pretend that my needles aren't joined by a thin plastic cord that likes to tangle up my hands and once I finish putting all the stitches on the other needle....I put the loose stitches back onto the other needle and remove them from the old needle. Rinse and repeat. Sound confusing? Oh, it is.
|Close up of the torture devices.|
Plus, I have to remember not to twist it all up once I put them back on the other needle. I'm told that once I have a couple of inches of fabric this won't be a problem, but for now it's a windy, twisty road.
I am also going to be starting a ribbed scarf for Momsy. With the yarn she bought for me. With the intent that it get knitted into a scarf. She's subtle like that.