So, apparently knitting is a kind of expensive and addictive hobby. I spent a good portion of my day looking at interchangeable knitting needle kits online. It seems to me that these would be more economical than buying new circular needles anytime I needed another size. I’m kind of in love with the Knit Picks harmony needles. They are GORGEOUS, and I also like knitting on wood. I have a couple metal needles, which I like when I’m making cotton dishclothes, and a bunch of plastic, which are fine. My one pair of circular needles (that I got to make Sophie’s hat) are bamboo though, and I LOVED them. They were very light, and my yarn stayed put. So, I think I may get the Knit Picks set, but it will have to wait for pay day. I am very open to any suggestions on this part, however. Does anyone have a favorite kind of these needles? I’ve read good things about the Denise’s, and not very good things about the Needlemasters (?).
In light of this decision to make a major knitting-related purchase, you may think that I, as a poor student, would stay at home and save her money. You would be wrong. I went to Barnes and Nobles tonight and bought the SNB: SNB Nation and SNB: The Happy Hooker books tonight. The first one has been so amazing at teaching me how to knit and read patterns, and as a reference guide, that I figured these books will also be great. I’m very excited to start some of these projects!
I also got some yarn to go with the patterns I have been collecting online this week. The below picture is the first 22 rows of “Simple Cable Scarf” from www.lionbrand.com. I am using Lion Brand Jiffy Bulky yarn in Grape. This seemed like a good project to learn how to cable with! I’m very excited!
Tonight I also started the “Heart” scarf by Stephanie Roy from the Knitty.com special print issue (Fall 2004, I think). I am using Lion Brand Jiffy Bulky in Dusty Pink for this. (You may be seeing a pattern. This yarn was on sale when I was at Hobby Lobby recently). Its not quite the perfect yarn for this pattern, but I think it is going to turn out okay. It is very exciting because it is lace work! After the 2nd repeat of the pattern, I realized that this scarf is PERFECT for my friend Laura. So....Happy Valentines Day, Laura! I hope to have it done by then. Sadly, the picture isn't uploading right, so maybe tomorrow you can see an updated version.