Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Knit 1, Pearl 2 Rip it out!!!

shwwwww!!! What a weekend!!!! I cropped on Friday night all night till 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Came home and went to bed and then went back on Saturday night and cropped till midnight. Sad thing is I got very little done either night and I lost my voice on Friday night and still am only at a whisper as I type right now. My no voice has turned into a full blown allergy attack with coughing and chest congestion. Oh how I love the springtime. All the cotton trees are releasing their snow like cotton. Although its a beautiful sight to see, its very messy and causes much allergy problems for me and my family.

Good news in our household, Kody passed all of his test. He took a drug test and a physical this week and passed both of them. He is now officially a City street employee. He starts on Monday morning. He is very excited, but not sure he realizes the hard work that is ahead of him. I am sure though whatever is given to him, he will be able to handle it. After all, he is his fathers son.

Ok, lets talk about knitting a bit. I decided this weekend I must learn how to knit. I recently taught myself the basics to crochet and although I still have tons to learn about it, I needed to see the difference in knitting and crochet. Everyone was telling me not to crochet, cause knitting was so much easier and more fun. So naturally, I needed to find out for myself if this was true. So I went to the library and checked out some books and a DVD. I then went to JoAnn's and with my coupon I bought the Knitting CD that they have. I absolutely loved the Crochet one that I bought, so I figured I would like the knitting one too.

I loved both of these CD/DVD. The Knitting made easy gives you step by step instructions on how to get started and some very easy patterns to do and the Knit Stitches in Motion teaches you all the different Knitting stitches you can do. I was amazed at all the different stitches there were. I just thought it was knit 1, pearl 2. I was totally amazed. It was almost overwhelming. Anyway, both are very good to have if you want to learn to knit. Anyway, so after watching them both, I set down to actually do the knitting. I was just struggling with the first knit stitch. I could not get the concept down no matter how many times I rewind and start the CD again. So my DH says "let me have it" I will figure this out. It was hilarious to see him holding knitting needles. He suddenly became all fingers. LOL!!!! Although he was never able to actually do a stitch, he was able to watch the video and get the general idea of how it works. So after somewhat showing me what he had figured out, I gave it a try. I tried and tried and tried. It was not happening. I guess between really not feeling all that great and Aunt Flo, I was just not in the mood. I was about ready to jab those needles into the sofa. I figured with that kind of frustration, I better stop. So I put it aside and went to bed. Yesterday, I got up and decided I could not be defeated by these little needles and yarn. I consider myself a craft gooroo and have the attitude there is nothing I cannot do, so I picked up the needles, the yarn and turned on the DVD. This time the light came on. I actually figured it out. So I begin to knit. It was nothing compared to the night before. Amazing what a little sleep can do for the brain. I did a few lines and realized I missed a stitch. Rip it out!!! I did a few lines and realized I added a stitch. Rip it out!!! I did a few lines and lost my place. Rip it out!!!! After many times of ripping it out and starting again, which was about 4 hours total, I created this master piece. Boy did the day fly by.

I know you are thinking Woopee!!! but hey, it was not Knitting Made Easy like the CD said. The title was very deceiving. This was all I could get out of a full afternoon of knitting. My hands were completely exhausted. I could barely move them. My patience was worn very thin with all the ripping and starting again. So before I hated the craft entirely, I stopped here.
Now here is my own personal opinion about knitting verses crochet at this point in the game. I definitely liked my experience with Crochet better. I am just better able to handle one needle, verses 2 needles. Knitting seemed a lot faster once I got the hang of it, but Crochet just seemed less stressful. Will I do any more knitting after my long day yesterday? Well I don't know the answer to that question at this time but I do know for sure that I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet. I definitely do not see myself knitting me a sweater any time soon and I definitely think I will pick it up and continue to play with it some more after my hands have time to rest. I think I do like Crochet better though at this point. Of course I may change my mind later. They both seem to be very neat crafts and I can definitely see why people love doing them. I am just not sure either one is for me at this time in my life. Perhaps stamping and scrapbooking are my thing. I am glad though I have at least learned the basics to both. I think trying new things is very important. You never know where your true love lies unless you try new things. I will keep you posted throughout my blog as I continue to practice both crafts. Who knows what I might be doing next. So stay tuned to more Knit 1, Pearl 2 Rip it out!!!


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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