I'm thrilled that I decided to take the monetary plunge and sign up for the knitting class. I had my first one tonight and it was great! The instructor, Stephanie, is great and she taught me how to purl tonight. There were only two other women there, who already know the ins and outs of knitting. Listening to them talk made me feel like I was in Japan again overhearing a foreign language.
Purling is...awkward. More so than learning the knit stitch. I'm definitely not a fan of it, but know that it's a necessary evil.
Stephanie had me do the stockinette stitch for a little while. That means one row is knitted, and one row is purled. The result is very pretty! I then started with some ribbing. So knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches and repeat til the end of the line. And on the next row, knit the knits and purls the purls and you get some pretty ribbing.
|Difference in stitching. The bottom rows are the garter stitch (all knit)|
the middle rows is stockinette stitch (with the knit vs in the front)
and the top rows are me practicing with ribbing
I'm to practice with purling this week and next week will be my first class project....a hat! Which means I get to learn how to knit in the round on circular needles! So super excited. No more belly bruises LOL. I'm also going to try to figure out the swiffer cover...which according to the two women in my class I shouldn't bother doing because I won't want to dirty it...but I think it's very cute, green and fun. Plus, I have to make one or two for Kim :)
The needles I'm using in the above picture are a size 6 bamboo needle and they are very very skinny and flimsy. Being a tight knitter, which I worked on loosening up tonight, I feel like every stitch is going to snap my little knitting needle like a twig.