When I get an idea in my head my enthusiasm wants to execute it yesterday. So once I had decided on knitting I wanted to get on with it. Not having needles, etc, etc, I opted for watching the videos (thanks guys, knittinghelp.com is very good). I figured I would at least get a feel for the techniques and learn some jargon.
Of course, that wasn't enough. So I grabbed a couple of wooden spoons and my weaving yarn (hemp), and tried the casting on technique. Can you imagine? At least I'm able to recognise the craziness of my ways. That's something, right?
That was of course all well and good until I attempted a knit stitch. Suddenly, I remembered the chopsticks! Oh the joy! I had to hunt for them in the still-packed boxes but found them.
I had some fun with those but the severe tapering wasn't helping. And then I had another brainwave, skewers!
So yes people, I took two kebab skewers, cut off their tips, and used those. I mean, they're just like needles, albeit very thin ones. It got me thinking about all those women from poor places or from long ago who made do with whatever tools they had to hand.
Of course, this was not the easiest way to begin a knitting journey was it? Tiny needles and very thin (jargon?) yarn, only 2ply. Very intricate work, but I got the idea of it. Now I've found my 4ply yarn and am trying it with that.
Look at this gorgeous piece of mess. How fab is that?! It looks even worse in real life, but I knitted!
So I know how to cast on and do a knit stitch (apparently the continental way). I'm totally confused about how to begin a subsequent row, as the loops don't look right. I've joind the forum on the above website, hopefully that'll help.
Knitty.com looks interesting for patterns and inspiration, thanks Lisa. I'm still looking into books. A child's books sounds useful, and I could leave it for the Wildflower if she's ever interested. I wish I had someone to learn from Anthromama and Maria. However, I have no idea if they do classes for such things here, and it would be in a foreign language anyway. I went for a walk and met an old lady knitting while she attended her shop. I started to watch, she smiled, but then she had to answer the phone. I wonder if she'll think it strange if I just sat there and watched her every other day? lol