When I first fancied myself a knitter, I came across the “domiKNITrix” book in our local book store. Feeling quite inspired with myself (and with absolutely no knitted creations under my belt), I bought the book and settled down to whip up some homemade goods. It’s been at least one year since and I haven’t knitted a damn thing out of it. That isn’t to say I haven’t tried. Oh no. I felt I was way past the mint scarf and was more intrigued by the clothing side of things. I tangoed with the thought of knitting myself a halter top and maybe a sweater and all kinds of things.
Then reality crashed down on me when I realized I didn’t have any of the skills nor materials needed to make these things. Now here I am, a bit more experienced (knowledgeable enough to at least interpret the patterns) and with an abudance of enthusiasm (and a tank full of perserverance). So I’ve chosen the least painful of the sweater options. Jennifer Stafford has dubbed it the little miss red riding hood (not exact name, but you get the picture).
It requires US 10 straight needles and red yarn (if you like the color). In my bag I have size 10 1/2 needles and dark blue yarn. Yes I realize that using the size 10 needles is probably my best bet, but I refuse (and absolutely so) to buy anything else craft related from the Super Wal-Mart in town. For a few too many reasons than I care to list right now. So anyway, this afternoon I began my foray into the sweater knitting and haven’t cussed God out yet, so I believe I’m doing well.
I have successfully made it past the first part of the pattern and will start the second bit as soon as I figure out how to evenly decrease 13 stitches across 55. Tonight I was knitting at my girlfriend’s house and didn’t have any pen and paper to logically figure it out. Plus we were at the end of our movie. In all honesty, I have no idea how the sweater will turn out. I’m not sure if the yarn will make it too warm to wear in the summer or if halfway through I’ll scream in frustration and let it sit there and collect dust. But I do plan to be an optimist about it and we’ll see where this leads us.