Thursday, September 25, 2008

Looky What I Made!

I've been dabbling in knitting for a couple of years now. I had a friend who knitted in high school, and she taught me a little - I made a washcloth or two. And I'd made a few small projects, with more and less success, including a scarf that took FOREVER, even with a bulky yarn and fat needles.

But I'd never done anything beyond garter stitch or stockinette stitch (the most basic of basics, for non-knitters out there). So I found this pattern in a beginning knitting book that included twisted ribbing, but it was just a hat, so well, that's manageable, right?

This completely would not have happened without the kind guidance of Barb at She blogs about kids and knitting, and is really funny. And she's practically a neighbor, living in Long Island. She pointed me a couple of knitting links with videos (yay videos!).

So I started this at soccer practice Monday night. Knitted for an hour and finished the ribbing - but it didn't look right. Tuesday I ripped it out and started over, after watching the videos again - like three times each - and realizing I was purling backwards (don't ask). I finished this THE SAME DAY. It got addictive as I realized how close to done I was. I think it was about 3 hours start to finish. AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE PICTURE IN THE BOOK!!!!!!

I am SO liking this yarn. Of course, now I have to make at least one more for William (in dark grey), and I'm still debating the pom pom on top. Yes? No? What do you think?


Amanda said...

Cool hat!

Barb's blog link is

Susan Z said...

I think pompom for Rachel but not William.

Jill in MA said...

I love the pompoms, but I think you need to leave it to the wearer.

Marie said...

It looks great!!! Well done!! I just started knitting again after breaking my shoulder six months ago. I am so happy yo be back at it!!!

Lisa C said...

I think it's up to the wearer some people look cute with the pompoms, I'm not one of them. grin I'd love to find out the name of the book you are working from. I like to knit off and on, but need smaller projects so I get them done, and that's a cute one!