Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Trying my hand at something new

My broken leg is going to require surgery. It is scheduled for Monday. Until I start recovering from the surgery I am stuck either in the bed or on the couch with my leg elevated and packed in ice to keep the swelling down.

I decided to teach myself to knit. It is something that I have always wanted to try but just have never had the time to do or the willingness to stop doing something else to learn. Well, what a perfect opportunity.

My husband took me the store in the trusty wheelchair and I picked out a good book with a dvd to go with it and then some yarn and needles and away I went! 

Either it is easier than I think or pain killers give you an extra relaxed sense about things or maybe I was just happy to have something to do! But the first try was just casting on and practicing some knit and purl stitches. I was so excited after doing about 10 rows that I slid the whole thing off the needle to proudly examine my work and yup... as you can guess... I unraveled the whole thing! And cracked myself up in the process. Guess I forgot to turn the page and learn how to bind it off or cast off!  

 1st try, stitches so tight I could hardly move them!

On to a test piece for a project.

Look Ma!!! I'm knitting!

A completed 'test' patch


Now... onto a project, of course, the easiest project there is. A scarf. consisting of 20 knit stitches repeated until it is 84 inches long. Even a pain killer addled mind can hopefully handle this project!

3 comments:

  1. That first row is always the hardest. I'm always tearing it out and starting over, but once you get going, it is a relaxing and mindless task. You can watch TV and knit at the same time. I can't say that about embroidery and definitely not about counted cross stitch.

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  2. Cool! I always wanted to learn that!

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  3. I hope all goes well with your surgery. I'm a fairly new knitter...I learned because I wanted to knit socks and now I do! Your scarf is going to be fabulous.

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