Friday, June 11, 2010

Knit two

I taught someone to knit!

I am a mostly self-taught knitter – I had a go at it when I was little, but it was all a bit too hard and I didn’t get very far.  I have vague memories of neon tangerine Disco wool and sitting in a car trying to get the hang of it.  I came back to it as a teenager, and managed to teach myself from books.  As a result of this self-teaching, apparently I knit “stupid” (according to proper knitters).  I’ve refined a few things I was doing wrong different – like finding out that where the front and back of a stitch really was (not where I thought)  and now my stitches aren’t twisted. 

So when Shanon suggested that we go to K-Mart at lunch time to buy some “knitting sticks” and wool so she could make a scarf, I was a little concerned. 

Knit One:  I cast on 30 stitches and showed her how to knit garter stitch.  We did a couple of rows together, she assured me she had the hang of it and would go home and practice.  Later that night I received a text informing me she now had 34 stitches and a buttonhole.  Not so good……

She was keen to have another go, so the knitting came back to work and I cast on 30 stitches:

and did a couple of rows to get her started.


I handed it over and she added a couple more rows:

Apparently, this is the perfect length for a moustache scarf.