Nanowrimo ate my life in November, along with less pleasant events. Still, December has come and I’ve decided to do a meme I’ve seen floating around. Happily I shall be in Canada very soon (at last!) so I’m not doing it daily; I’ll do five a day.
1: What was your first finished project?
The first thing I knitted was a blue scarf intended to be for my girlfriend but instead ended up being part of mine and Sophie’s yarnbombing escapades over a year later.
It didn’t stay up on that lamppost for long, alas, but I think me and Sophie were pretty proud of it anyway. Straight after knitting that I turned my attention to crochet and ignored knitting for months and months until relatively recently.
2: What is currently on your needles?
Ha! What isn’t?
I’m the kind of knitter, I have discovered, who casts on everything that looks fun at once. However with Christmas coming up soon I’ve had to curtail that instinct and am banning myself from knitting anything that is not intended as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately I didn’t add the clause in that a gift to myself didn’t count which ended in some rather lovely alpaca/silk-blend fingerless gloves in a beautiful jade colour.
They’re no longer on the needles though. What I am knitting now is a Sockhead Hat for my mum in some purple variegated sock yarn; Long Night’s Journey Into Day, a lovely pair of warm cushy bedsocks in hot pink malabrigo for my little sister; some Sox in King Cole yarn (purple) for my girlfriend – almost finished except for the toe of one; and another pair of socks for the girlfriend from this gorgeous yarn from Tosh Yarns in the colourway Fjord. I’d link a pattern but though I’m currently a few inches into Hedgerow Socks I’m thinking of switching since it’s wrong for the yarn. (All links to Ravelry.)
3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?
Yes, lots. I cast on all the time. I don’t keep track of them very well, though; I tend to stumble across things I’m knitting when I’ve forgotten I even had the yarn. I am close to finishing a beautiful shrug made from some Mithril Yarn by Sanguine Gryphon though. Just some seaming left to do.
4: How did you learn how to knit?
Weymouth Stitch ‘n’ Bitch! When Sophie – see above – decided to start it up, I went along despite having no experience and no urge to get involved in knitting or suchlike because Sophie is awesome and it sounded interesting enough. I picked up the needles there and could not get the hang of the knitting malarky, though I had a very distracted teacher! In the end I learnt primarily googling “how to knit” and magically ending up on youtube, although then I moved straight on to crochet which seemed much more intuitive and calming to me.
5: How long did it take from the time you learned how to knit, to finish your first project?
The scarf above took about three weeks from first casting on.
I’ll be continuing this meme tomorrow, though it’s passed midnight while I’ve been writing this so technically I’ll continue today! I shall not neglect you again, blog-readers. I shall make plans next November so it’s not abandoned.