I have a lot of knitting projects to share with you. Too many in fact. I've had a lot of wins and quite a few fails. So far, I have decided that I hate double pointed needles, and I'm not a fan of circulars either. I'll get there someday, though perhaps not anytime soon. Here's the thing about knitting anything more complicated that a straight piece, when I struggle or make a mistake, I break out in a sweat and tell everyone to stop talking to me. It's not attractive. "Knitting B.O.", "Yarn Rage", call it what you will, but I've decided to try to avoid it. I really enjoyed this post about the trials of a sewist turned knitter, and I plan to just let myself be a beginner and not force more difficult projects. With that in mind, I present you with my very favorite beginner project.
This little head wrap is super cute, really easy, and so quick it's practically instant gratification. I made no less than five of these as holiday gifts for the many gals in my life. If you are brand new to knitting, do yourself a favor, wait on that scarf, and make a few of these first. And what became of that first scarf, you might ask? It curled a lot even after blocking, so I sewed that bad boy together and made myself a cowl.
Not a total fail, but not my favorite either. I have quite a few other projects to share, but I think we've all seen enough beginner knitting for one day. So I'll leave you with my current project.
A chevron afghan. And yes, I realize that by the time I'm finished, chevrons will be out of style, but I don't care because I really like it, and it is the perfect watching tv kind of project. Plus, it gives me a great excuse to avoid those double points a little (or a lot) longer.
In the spirit of Ginny's yarn along, I've included my current reads. I am reading Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, with the hopes that we will welcome a few ducklings to our yard this spring. And Oceano Mare, which is my favorite book (Ocean Sea) in the original Italian. I am not fluent in Italian, though I did study it and can read it fairly well. It's been challenging, but fun. I just realized that without my 30 Before Thirty I may have never learned to knit or attempted to read Oceano Mare.
Here's to the power of articulating your dreams.