I love a challenge as much as the next person. Look at the evidence:
- I taught myself to knit purely from written words and illustrations. No hands on help or internet videos for me (I didn’t know the videos existed- believe me, I would have used them).
- I taught myself to knit socks from a one page pattern from an issue of IK (retro rib socks if you’re curious). It was a textured pattern and since then, I’ve only knit one pair of plain stockinette socks- the others have been textured and/or complicated in some way or other.
- For the longest time, I had to learn something new from each new project.
- The first sweater pattern I ever bought was Rogue.
- The second sweater I ever knit was cabled with set in sleeves, designed by me and knit in 16 days for the Knitting Olympics.
- I’m knitting a log cabin blanket. Really. A blanket.
Knitting challenges me in lots of ways. From it I’ve learned the following:
- Patience: I’m knitting a blanket.
- Creativity: Who’d have thought I’d dye yarn?
- Generosity: It’s so fun to give hand-knit gifts.
- Determination: I’ve “fixed” my share of patterns.
- Friendship: At Stitch and Bitches and through the blogs.
- Love: Merino. Sock yarn. Barbara Walker.
- Forgiveness: Wool isn’t scratchy.
It’s really been quite good for me.
But, that being said, I love quick knits. I love simple patterns. The hat you see above: I knit that in 2 days and basically made up the pattern myself. It was great because I haven’t finished anything in soooo long – and it feels so great to have a finished objects. And this hat is going to look perfect with my pinkish scarf (I don’t like things too matchy-matchy).
Yarn: Malabrigo 100% Merino Wool (1 skein)
Pattern: My own, based on 96 stitches, knit top down
Needles: Clover Bamboo 8 16″ circs
The problem? I bought two skeins of this yarn – that means that someone else in my family is getting a hat. But it has to be a female (purple yarn) who is both worthy but also not someone I see much during the winter (don’t want to look like twins, lol). Oh well. With a family of 18 grandkids and 22 aunts (and that’s just one side of my family), I’m sure I’ll find someone.