Get knit (or die tryin’)

As I’ve already mentioned here, I’m into knitting again at the moment and have been working away with wool and needles in pursuit of something half decent. However, at this stage, knitting is not my friend.

I can knit and purl up a mean scarf, but anything more complicated has so far been a recipe for frustration. Today I spent some time sorting out my needles (like all op-shoppers, I have a collection of various sizes, both metric and imperial, and some still in their vintage packaging.) At the oppy on Thursday I scored a nice bag of basic wool in blue red and cream, and 3 pairs of needles for $4.50…my plan being to turn the wool into some sort of softie for Mirabel. This afternoon I also deconstructed various UFOs – cardis, vests and jumpers that haven’t got past the first few rows of rib. So now the needles are tidy and the stash is replenished with re-rolled balls of wool.

The cardigan I was working on here, (and actually had about 5 inches of the back knitted up) was unceremoniously ripped off the needles, as my friend the Knitting Knazi pointed out to me that I’d twisted all my purl stitches and consequently my stocking stitch was a bit out of whack. (To add insult to injury, she was wearing a lovely green version of this skirt at the time.) Actually I jest, I wasn’t bothered, because that’s one of the good things about knitting, you just pull it out and start again. Knitting is also teaching me patience I suppose, and I am getting quicker, but my frustration level remains high. I’m not sure I’ll ever be a “knitter”.

As I’m meeting the Franky SnB gals tomorrow for some knitting bonding, I thought I better have a project to do. So now I’m off to cast on 100-odd stitches, and start yet another row of rib for a cardi that hopefully I won’t muck up. Watch this space…


[Photo from V&A Museum website]

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1 Response to “Get knit (or die tryin’)”


  1. 1 Kylie Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hey, hon – it was great to meet you and Chris the other day – hope you had fun!

    How divine is the Little Girls book of knitting & crochet – I covet, covet badly!


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