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i have learned to knit (kinda)

i have learned to knit (kinda)
Originally uploaded by djmermaid.
my first attempt at knitting. a lovely potholder!

there's lots wrong with this thing - but if you consider that a couple of days ago it was just a bunch of string...

anyway, i know it has three rounded corners and one square one. i gained some stitches (from where i do not know) which rounded the first corner, so I followed suit for the other two.

perky red blanket stitch border and heart cross stitch strategically placed to draw attention away from my inconsistent knitting. ;-)

i do like the little heart, though.

next up: a scarf!

oh, and happy thanksgiving. i have a lot to be thankfulf for in my life - first and foremost my wonderful relationship with my amazing partner. he treats me with so much love and respect, he is brilliant, funny, creative... and an awesome business partner as well. we had a great day together today and i look forward to many more to come. i am a lucky girl!

I'm feeling: pleased pleased

9 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
silverseabear From: silverseabear Date: November 24th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I figured the pointy corner was to attach a thing to hang the square from, like to hang as a decoration on xmas trees, if one has xmas trees. Which is to say, I thought you meant to do that.

Yaaay for turning yarn into real things! I'm gonna learn how someday.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 24th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really isn't all that hard, the challenge is in being consistent doing it over and over and over. I have been told that crochet is actually easier - but one thing at a time, heh... (like I ever really manage to take that approach!) What I like about it is that you can hang out and talk while you're doing something useful.

I am inordinately proud of my little potholder. Maybe I will add a loop to the pointy corner, I actually thought about that but I'd need to figure out how to make the loop first, and I was kinda done figuring things out for the day. %-)

evilmommytina From: evilmommytina Date: November 24th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

My grandma taught me to knit and crochet...

as a child. I think I remember how to crochet and in fact, I mentioned wanting to pick it up again when we were at my exes new apt. I asked if I could SNOOP (a favorite pastime of mine) through her jewelry boxes and special drawer... and when I did I came across lots of memorabilia of me and us - our time together in the way of gifts. It made me smile... huge. Then I found a simple crochet hook, tucked away inside the bottom drawer of that box.

It made me wanna...

Your potholder is lovely - may it protect your delicate and talented fingers during cooking for years to come!

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 24th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: My grandma taught me to knit and crochet...

I am learning from a book. Though I do have a bunch of friends who knit and crochet also. One of my grannies was a big knitter and I still have a few things she made. Most of them were made in acrylic yarn, so they've seen a bit of wear over the years but I treasure them nonetheless (and I wonder how in the hell anyone could manage to knit or corchet an entire AFGHAN! Sweet Jesus, that has to take FOREVER!)

Anyway, I say, go for it! The worst that could happen is that you have to unravel it... and it's a lovely cozy activity for wintertime.
dortheleus From: dortheleus Date: November 25th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
All the pot holders I've seen, most hand made, were made exactly like yours :) I think you did a wonderful job :)

Oh and Hi by the way, I'm Dortheleus a future canadian burner heh heh heh heh
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: November 26th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the kind comment. Nice to meetcha. Mind if I ask how you found your way here?
kathasaurus From: kathasaurus Date: November 29th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
its beautiful! yay for you!
sugar_in_action From: sugar_in_action Date: November 30th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would LOVE to see you at my noggy thing next Friday...send me your email addy to actiongrl @ my place of employment...yknow, burningman.com.

(fooling the spambots gets harder every day, dunnit?)
arletterocks From: arletterocks Date: December 5th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Most common reason for unexplained stitches

FYI: Accidental increasing is the number one stumbling block for new knitters. It usually happens when you have the yarn in *front* of the needles when you knit a stitch, instead of behind the needles. When that happens, the yarn makes an extra wrap around the needle that looks like a stitch. When you go back across the row, it's easy to knit that extra wrap and then presto -- new, unintentional stitches.

The way to beat it is to remember that the yarn goes BEHIND the needles before a knit stitch and IN FRONT of the needles before a purl stitch. Do that, and count the stitches on every row, and your squares will remain square-y!
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