100% merino wool from upstate New York, this big loop blanket is absolutely gorgeous.
The skiens are large; you can hold them in two hands, and each one is handspun & hand dyed.
I needed this big blanket at one of the yarn stores here in Calgary, Stash Lounge. The class cost of $250 and came with the skien of yarn, which cost $245 CAN. Our instructor, Chantal, was amazing.
I chose the color heather grey. I won’t be making another for myself because I realized only after I made it I”m allergic to wool! With direct contact my skin gets really itchy!
In class we got to learn about the wool and how to take care of the blanket, and got started. It took about 5 hours to make and today I’m giving it to my mum for mother’s day!
I made a hat! I made a hat using circular needles, my first time! My first project using circular needles was easier than I thought.
To prepare I watched a bunch of YouTube videos a few times. I was excited to start and I knitted the hat in an afternoon.
Excuse the lighting, it was an extremely sunny spring day.
Despite the sun, however, it was chilly outside and my newly acquired allergies were in full bloom.
My only mistake was I meant to make it bigger for someone else’s head. But it turned out too small. So instead it was a hat for me.
I read on Reddit that a good beginner site was Row House and for me it was perfect.
I chose my first project ever, following a simple pattern. I chose to do the stockinette stitch scarf.
I chose a cheap acrylic yarn because I was still learning. As I work through this scarf, which took a couple weeks, I learned a little about wools and yarns from a friend of mine who is an experienced knitter.
Then I did my own research but this exercise for me wasn’t about the quality of the piece. It was purely a learning experience. An opportunity for growth.
I used what I learned to make this cute little scarf. It has a border.
I made a few mistakes along the way. And I learned a lot during this project. I learned how to correct my mistakes.
And the scarf kept getting longer and longer. The yard is the type that changes from color to color so it became interesting to knit. I was looking forward to seeing what the next color would be and what the finished product would look like. It kept me going.
The yarn was called Bernat pop! In color Ebony and Ivory.
And so after a couple of weeks I completed my very first project. A scarf! I think a scarf is a perfect project for a beginner. Because it helps you to learn the stitches over and over again. And it seals in that knowledge!
I have been a knitter since March 14, 2017!
I started by learning how to knit with two pens by my work neighbor and coworker and dear friend Kathie:
She taught me the knit stitch, which is the basic stitch in knitting. It was not easy for me to learn this! I did still stumble quite a bit.
But she gave me homework. So I practiced and practiced after I finally got it with just some cheap medium sized yarn and medium sized needles from Walmart:
And I taught myself how to find off, or cast off, make a slipknot, purl, and then began learning how to correct my mistakes.
And this was the beginning of my knitting adventure!
Stay tuned for more posts!