Friday, October 30, 2009

A Yarn Good Time

I've been getting my knit on lately (a highly technical term). I still love crochet, but I decided to whip out the needles and re-learn to use them properly. This is the first project I created, destined to become a Christmas or Hanukkah gift:

It's just a basic knit stitch throughout. I then added a fun, sorta ruffly crocheted edge. The yarn is Sensations Angel Hair, which is ridiculously soft, especially for something you can find at any basic craft store. Here I am modeling it, just because, with my newly rebrowned hair:

I should admit that the true inspiration for this scarf was the prospect of learning to knit a hat -- yep, in the round! Though I learned to knit and purl seven years ago, I've never been able to do more than just a basic scarf. Andrea, our talented STICKS leader, told us what to buy (which I screwed up, of course) and then patiently showed us the steps. It's actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Here's what I've finished so far:

Do you see those three, double-pointed needles? The process actually involves FOUR! See here:

What have I gotten myself into? But seriously, I'm having a good time rediscovering and expanding my knowledge of knitting. Since I'm doing 90% handmade this holiday season, look for more soon.

6 comments:

Vegan Epicurean said...

You are very talented. I look forward to seeing what else you make for Christmas.

Alicia

JemJam said...

Love the scarf, love your hair!

A Nest With A View said...

I consider myself a knitter so how come you have blown right past me after just blowing the dust off your needles.

Hmmmph!

Brigid said...

Vegan Epicurean and Jemellia -- Thank you both!

Robin -- If you mean the hat, you could totally do it. The pattern is super basic. It's just a few rounds of increasing and then plain ol' knit the rest of the way. Your stuff is leaps and bounds better than mine!

Holly said...

Brigid, why do you always have to be so freaking CUTE?? It's just not right. Great job on the knitting projects!

Heather said...

yay for knitting! I havent yet taken on the double pointed needles....it looks very cool though!

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