Lyda here. I have been assimilated! I finished knitting up the first yarn I’ve ever bought for knitting – the band says it’s Cedifra scarlet (see Anna-Liza’s post here for where and when). I got two skeins on sale, and the needles were on sale too – I only spent $5.15, which I thought was appropriate for this whole knitting experiment thing. If only I had believed the warnings about yarn being like crack… I thought I could just give it a try, you know, just dabble. A social knitter, ya know. I can give it up any time I want.
This is a bulky yarn with lots of variation, so it knitted up kind of stripey which I like. Since I only knew how to knit (not purl), I just did that until I ran out of yarn, which means it’s cable stitch (look, I’m learning the terms, but I’m just blending in, I’m not obsessed or anything.) [Okay, correction: it’s not cable stitch, it’s garter stitch.] This project didn’t come out big enough to be anything – not long enough for a scarf or even a table runner. Still trying to decide if I save it as my first project or tink it and do a hat or a skinny scarf or something.
Despite my pain and doctor’s orders to take it easy, I went to Michael’s and bought more yarn and needles to keep me on the couch and occupied during my illness. (Let’s just not talk about the illness and work; it’s just too depressing.)
Since I am a beginning knitter (and
cheap thrifty), I bought 4 skeins of fairly inexpensive yarn, Caron Black Magic in the Violet Sky colorway. This is a 50/50 blend of wool and acrylic, soft enough for my hands to deal with. And another set of 10″ circular needles. And a book “Learn to Knit in Just One Day” by Jean Leinhauser. Which I picked because it was right there and on discount and the store was about to close. What? I needed to know how to cast on and how to bind off, and I like having a book in front of me instead of trying to follow it on the Internet. But it’s not like I’m hooked or anything. I could give it up any time I want.
So, from the book I learned to purl, and I am knitting and purling my way through the yarn in what I now know is the stockinette stitch.
I’m already halfway through my second skein.
My name is Lyda, and I’m a knitting junkie.