I did it! I finally knitted something. Not just anything either, I completed the Simple Knit Sweater designed by Sewrella and I am in love!
If you’d have told me that I’d someday learn to knit, I’d probably laugh in your face. If you told me I’d be knitting a jumper in August I would have cackled until the cows came home.
Yet here I am. Completed in Drops Eskimo (because cheap yarn is great for learning with) my jumper fits so snuggly that I can’t wait for it to be winter already!
But knitting doesn’t come without a steep learning curve. If you’ve read my previous saga posts, you’ll know that it’s been tricky to adapt to needles instead of a hook- something that’s been greatly helped by knitting continentally- which means that you hold the yarn in your left hand – just like in crochet. But also I didn’t realise that the way I was taught to purl was called Norwegian Purling.
The advantage to this style of purling is that you don’t have to bring the yarn infront of the needles- which, quite frankly, feels really weird and it was something I struggled to get used to. So while Norwegian purling is a little more time-consuming, I found it easier because I got to keep my yarn where I’m used to keeping it.
I enjoy knitting. Not as much as crochet but it’s a nice little change for when my crojo starts to suffer. The hardest thing I find is counting my stitches when it comes to rib. I have dyscalculia (number dyslexia) so I keep losing track and my rib starts coming out rather distinctly un-riblike.
I think it’s safe to say now that I’m a knitter too! Although I’m probably only 10% deep into this very versatile craft! So watch this space… there’s definitely more yarny shenanigans to come!