After a (lazy) 10 hours of work, I’ve done 256 rows (that’s 3,328 stitches). In total I’ve done 22 repeats (5,632 stitches), and the scarf measures about 26.5”. I’m officially over 1/3 of the way done! I have 9,998 stitches (38 repeats) left to do.
I’d like to be done with the scarf by this upcoming Tuesday, at the latest Thursday. I’m probably going to spend the two hours before my interview on Friday knitting, and that will be rather beneficial to me reaching my goal!
What it says on the tin, READY? GO.
1) Yarn. Yes, I know your knitterly friend/loved one has a lot of yarn. This is because they like it. More is good. If you’re not sure about getting the “right” yarn, yarn stores both in meatspace and online offer gift certificates. Start here. The little skeins by the counter? The tiny, expensive ones that you can’t imagine anyone needing? Your knitter needs those. If anybody gave me qiviut for Christmas, I would MARRY THEM. These skeins are the diamonds of the yarn store, except without the weird societal implications and possible war-mongering. Silk, too.
2. The little things: Darning needles, stitch markers and tape measures all disappear at an astonishing rate. I think the vacuum cleaner eats them. If you end up in a yarn store, originally with the intent to buy your knitter yarn, but you end up discombobulated and confused by the sights and smells (this happens to me), just turn to someone who works there and say “darning needle?” in a confused, tearful way. These people are nice and they will help you.
3. Audiobooks, movies, tv on dvd, basically anything that your knitter can have on while churning out miles of garter stitch.
4. Time to knit. Seriously. If you have NO MONEY, and your knitter is your parent? A coupon that says something like “Cash this in for one hour’s completely uninterrupted knitting time! I will hold all outfit emergencies, keep the cat from vomiting upon the floor, and make my own dinner. You knit, Mom or Dad. It’s cool.” will make you the FAVORITE CHILD. Especially more than one.
5. Most importantly, appreciation. You will probably be receiving something knitted for Christmas, am I right? You might be thinking “I don’t need another sweater, Mom, we don’t live in the Arctic!” Unless you live in the Arctic, in which case, be grateful. But your knitter has poured hours of time, love, and sometimes frustration, into making you socks to keep your feet warm or a beautiful scarf to stop up the gap between your collar and your hat (which they also made). There are twenty THOUSAND stitches in one sock, and your knitter probably has to make two of them. Take your gift out of the wrapping carefully. Gasp. Hold it to your neck or face and smile (even if you have to fake it). Say “thank you so much, it’s beautiful! You must have worked so hard!” Even if you never plan to wear it, please just do that much.
That last one isn’t optional.
I am not a very voracious knitter. I can knit and purl and occasionally even cast on and off and beyond that, no. BUT I am a decent organizer, so here are some tips for keeping your yarn tangle free while you knit:
When you buy yarn it comes in one or two forms. If it’s from a fancy yarn shop it’ll most likely be a hank:
or if you buy it from joann’s or michael’s or walmart it’ll most likely be in a skein:
It is a Bad Idea to start knitting right away with these because you will end up with:
And then you will cry (not that I know from experience or something)
So what to do?
If you want to knit a really easy and super cute sweater, check out the Owl Sweater by Kate Davies. First sweater I ever knit, in chunky Vanna White yarn. Has shaping in the back and it’s really flattering! Plus owl cables at the top!
I love that sweater so much!! I’ve done owl cables before and they were super-fun (though unfortunately that project was among those that were left behind when I got evicted).
And I’d definitely need a sweater with shaping- I used to try to just belt my sweaters at the waist but that really just emphasizes the, um, sizable difference in proportions between my bust and the rest of my body.
One day I’d also love to knit her Tortoise and the Hare sweater. I probably wouldn’t even be able to wear it it’s so pretty! I’d just frame it and put it on my wall. xD