Wednesday, 4 November 2015

First ever...

Yarn along!  Ginny at Small Things has had a weekly yarn along for years now. I've  always wanted to join but it wasn't until about two weeks ago that I finally learned to knit.  It may be the last craft/art that I have left to learn.  I love ALL crafts, art, sewing, handwork...you name it and it seems as though I've tried every medium.

So here's a picture of what's going to be a cowl for Hazel.  I was making it for me but she insisted it be hers.  Ok then!


I'm so new at this I have no idea if I'm doing it right.  I'm not using a pattern (obviously) but just working on stitches.  A question for you, how do I not knit so tightly?


My first button hole!  Does it look right?  Either way it's been fun!  See you next week knitters!






















12 comments:

  1. Hello new knitter! looks like your doing it right to me! enjoy making your cowl.
    Looking forward to seeing your progress next week.

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    1. Thanks! I hope to finish it by next week, I'm sooo slow!

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  2. Looking great! Just try to keep your tension consistent throughout--hold your yarn tight but not taught. Does that make sense? Good luck! :)

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  3. Welcome!!! And congratulations on learning to knit! Your buttonhole is beautiful. :) My best suggestion for not knitting so tightly is to just keep practicing. Your hands and arms and muscles will relax the more you do. My gauge is looser now than it was 4 years ago when I started. My knitting teacher told me that it is not uncommon for new knitters to be tensed up when they first start knitting. It will come with time! You are doing a wonderful job! :)

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    1. I think I am tense, and unconsciously yanking on the yarn so the stitches don't fall off! Haha!

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  4. I agree with Lisa! I don't know whether I knit a whole lot looser than I did when I started but I do hold my yarn looser and my stitches are really even now, so I think it just comes with lots of practice and time for your muscles to develop the kind of automaticity that will help you knit without having to think about managing the yarn. Kind of like riding a bike - at first you are wobbly, and my daughter is stunned when she sees people be able to balance while riding really slowly because the only way she feels she can maintain a few seconds of balance is if the bike is moving really quickly. You know? So keep going and welcome to the madness! ;) Knitters are a fun bunch!

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    1. Thanks! I get the biking thing, makes total sense!

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  5. My first knitting did NOT look like this! Yours looks awesome! :)

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  6. Nice work. Welcome to the wonderful world of knitting :-) Looks like you are a natural. I would suggest if you are finding your tension too tight to try going up a needle size or two. This will loosen it just a little bit for you. Your yarn looks quite thick which could be why you are getting a tighter tension. Pictures can be deceiving though so I may be wrong but worth a try.

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    1. You are absolutely right! I already started on a new project with larger needles and it really helps with tension! Thanks for visiting.

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