You’ll never forget your first.
I started knitting ten years ago. I jumped right in making things for my friends. I like to think that I was a quick study. Probably because, before that, I learned the very basics when I was eight years old. My mom taught me garter stitch when I was in fourth grade. She did all of the casting on and binding off but she taught me the knit stitch and I made this.
It’s not very impressive. I believe it ended up being a blanket for my favorite stuffed animal. It certainly grew in places, probably due to the yarn overs placed arbitrarily throughout. It’s made from some leftover Red Heart Super Saver so it doesn’t feel particularly nice. It was something to keep me occupied when I could draw, another way to make things. It is what it is.
I’ve taught countless people to knit since this unfortunate blob happened. “You should see the first thing I ever made,” I’ve told each and every one of them with the memory of this piece still fresh in my mind. When I was cleaning out my childhood bedroom over the weekend, I found it. I knew it was still in my parents’ house somewhere. (We have a hard time parting with things.) And I’m so glad it still exists.
If I had a studio, I’d hang it on the wall. Look at how far I’ve come! Look at how much there is to learn! Look at how satisfying it is to make things with your hands!
What’s the first thing you ever knit? How did it turn out?
Last week I was talking a lot about those ends. Each square on the afghan has anywhere from two to ten ends. And they all need to be woven in. It’s driving me a little nutty. Weaving in ends is the WORST part of knitting. I’m pretty sure that statistics show that every knitter dreads this process (leave me a comment if you disagree! I’d love to meet you).
This week, I just wanted to show you how the wrong side of the afghan looks. It’s the part of the knitting people rarely display on the internet. I’m always curious to see what the wrong side looks like. I want to know how neat other knitters keep theirs. Sometimes I look at my wrong sides and think, “The right side is nice but this back side is a disaster!” I imagine that knitters with more skill, patience, and experience than myself have fantastic wrong sides with clean seams and perfectly reversed faire isle.
Anyway, my wrong side is not so awful here. I’m not trying to scare you. But I’m definitely pleased with the intarsia between the colors. I was confused when I started because, honestly, I can’t remember the last time I knit anything in garter stitch let alone with multiple colors. I looked for some examples of garter stitch intarsia and I found one but I’ll share my own wrong side in case you’re curious too.
I haven’t been able to knit that much this week with my new job. It’s been so busy and exhausting getting into the new routine but I’m very happy there and it’s a lot of fun. That being said, I’m going to go drink coffee and knit!
Check out my other posts about the afghan, in case you missed it here!
Wow! So it’s really all happening. I thought this process would be a lot more frustrating and arduous but it has been really pleasant and beautiful. It’s coming together so quickly, I can’t believe it!
Last week I knit the bigger squares that you saw in my last post. Once I had a good stack of them, I decided to start putting the pieces together. I was reading about this pattern on Ravelry and after hearing how other knitters were spending an eternity weaving ends in, I thought that I should get started.
Putting the pattern together has been pretty simple. It’s required a lot of seaming research on my part. It’s not just about sewing garter stitched pieces together but most of the time rows face different directions and I have to put them together differently than just doing an invisible seam. (I’m definitely going to have to post about that because I felt like I was a little in the dark about it all.)
I’m really glad I started putting this together early on. It’s really exciting to watch the whole thing grow and doing it a little at a time is so much easier to swallow.
This is where I was last week.
Doesn’t look like much.
This is after another week of non-stop stitching.
But, oh my goodness, so many ends! Each color has two ends that I’m weaving in, not to mention when I’ve changed to a new skein of yarn! I’m a weaving-in machine! I’ll have to show you a picture of the wrong side so you can see how crazy everything looks. It’s a bit of organized chaos.
Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with these colors in Berroco Vintage?!
I’m also having a blast keeping track of this as a WIP. I’m usually really bad at taking the photos and making notes but it is great to have a place to update. Here we are at the halfway mark! It’s really come together well. I’m so excited by the progress! I’ve probably spent about 3 hours seaming but look at how lovely it is!
Alright, darlings. I start my new job next week and I am very excited! In the mean time, I’m going to get things all set up here to stay ahead of the curve and keep blogging! Wish me luck! And have a happy weekend!
In case you were unaware after my last post about this project, I am head over heels for this afghan pattern. And I’m a little addicted to it. I have been churning out squares for it day and night and I can’t seem to put it down. I don’t want to do anything but knit…but what else is new? The cold weather outside is really keeping me in bed, in front of some Law and Order on Netflix instant watch (proof that there is a higher power, I think) and giving me plenty of time to stitch.
But I’m quite content. I’m not intimidated by the scale of this project. I’m loving every second of it.
These big squares are pretty simple and formulaic. I did have to rip the last one I made out but I cannot be shaken.
I love the colors. Seeing it laid out together makes me think of a cold summer evening on the beach in New England. Sitting on the porch to a big white house in a rocking chair wrapped in this drinking a glass of wine or eating some clam chowder. I’m totally imagining all of this but the colors are class Americana to me.
Big thanks to Jonathan for taking these beautiful pictures. He’s a great photographer!
More updates on this WIP to come! Now I need to get back to knitting…