Clockwise: yellow is the rib stitch that will become a little case for some knitting supplies, blue is the washcloth, pink/green is the scarf.
The Good: I still like it! I'm slowly but surely understanding how to knit, purl and make a rib stitch (like the cuff of a sweater - which is simply "knit/purl/repeat" - how fun to see THAT turn into ribbing!). And because I want to spend so much time knitting, I've made a deal with myself that I can't knit unless I've exercised for the day. My Sit and Knit diet is not only working with the eating (can't snack if your hands are busy) but is also making me workout so I can knit, guilt-free! Everyone (and by everyone, I mean my multiple personalities) wins with this!
The Bad: I'll be trucking along and discover that I've made a mistake somewhere...and it seems pretty hard to fix. So I unravel my piece down to the mistake. And then? I can't get the loops all back on the needle in the right direction, which causes MORE mistakes. End result is NO end result...meaning I have to completely unravel the piece and start all over. My sailboat washcloth? I'm on the third try.
See the tally marks on the bottom of the page? You have to knit the first seven rows before you start doing the pattern, and that's how I keep track of what row I'm knitting (maybe there's a way to look at the piece and tell how many rows you've knitted, but I can't do that yet). Three sets of tally marks. The furthest I've gotten is to row 16.
The Ugly: You know, I'm generally a pretty positive, easy-going person. Which is really good when it comes to knitting, because it can be frustrating. I learned how to knit left-handed, and had success. Then I went to a knitting store, where the (left-handed, herself) woman working there convinced me that it would be easier if I retrained myself to knit right-handed, which would enable me to read patterns without having to reverse everything. That made sense, so I did it - wasn't easy, and I think that's where my mistakes happened, as I'd go on autopilot and whoops - reversed the direction of my yarn. Overall, not a big deal, as I'm sure I'll get more used to knitting right-handed...it's barely been a week, after all.
But I was well into my newest scarf, and found a mistake, and after unraveling about an inch, I was pretty sure I hadn't gotten the loops back on the needle correctly. I went BACK to the knitting store (third trip in a week, if you're counting) to ask the oh-so-helpful woman if there was a trick to fixing a mistake. Only she wasn't there, the store owner was. Who was nice and helped me, but in a bulldozer-type of way. Wrap your yarn around this hand. You were not knitting left-handed, you were knitting backwards (I don't know if it's just me, or every lefty, but it really rankles me to be told I'm doing something "backwards"). I'll fix it (only she didn't). Stop purling and join my beginner's class - I'll teach you the right way to do everything. Well CRAP. Not only did she not help on the scarf (there ended up being purled stitches, which I think happened because the loops were twisted...?), but she threw me into my "acquiesce by intimidation" mode, which I tend to do when I feel overwhelmed and just want to get out of there. Quite the different experience from my prior visits to the store.
Sooooooooo. I went home and unraveled the scarf completely and started over. MY way. Still right-handed, but holding the yarn the way that worked for me. And if you're keeping track, I have a washcloth that has been unraveled three times and a scarf that has been unraveled twice. But as Bob is my witness (Rugrats), I WILL finish these projects, I WILL be successful, and I WILL understand the mysterious world of knitting!
Last week I challenged myself to wearing a different outfit for each of the 10 Saturdays of Running Club (sure, some people do easy challenges like 100 sit ups, but me? I'm hardcore, baby!). Here's outfit #1:
I went with a favorite color - pink! Eagle eyes will notice that I even matched my ponytail holder and Road ID band - yes, I'm that crazy.
Saturday outfit #1 - it's still a little chilly for me, so I layered my old Nike capris under my old workout shorts. Had I gone running in the morning, I would have worn a jacket as well.
Now, you all know that I'm a little bit nutty about color and having things match (or go, as Stacy and Clinton say). It's the little things in life that make me happy. With that in mind, I've been wanting to order more colors of the Road ID wristbands, and decided to treat myself to all of them, as a "return to running" reward. I can't tell you how fun it was to open the package and see all the colorful bands pop out - and at a buck each, this was well worth it.
So pretty! Everything except for the yellow band is from Road ID - Janell sent me that one a couple of years ago - and the nice thing about this system is that you can wear the metal info tag on any standard silicone band.
I had to show you what was happening while I was taking the picture of the bands...as soon as he hears the beep of the camera being turned on, Paco's ears perk up and he poses:
Speaking of that dog, I mentioned that he doesn't like thunder. Jeff took this picture last Friday night, during that bad storm - he's not normally a lap dog, but quickly becomes one at the first BOOM!
Multi-tasking - comforting dog while reading blogs on my netbook, with knitting projects nearby, and also watching the weatherman freak out on TV. And? Please note my two containers of water...it's all about the hydration!
OK. Tomorrow, it's take two for Running Club. The excitement builds!!! Have a great weekend!