I've been an on-and-off knitter of bad scarves and the occasional bad hat. But, having been in search of a hobby for years and years, I think I might have settled on knitting. I'm still keeping up with history and languages... but, this time, knitting seems to be "sticking" with me. Or, I'm sticking with it. Not sure why, but this time it seems to be working!
I just finished a scarf for my partner. Turned out not to be too bad! (Will pop a pic up as soon as I finish the one I'm working on for me!)
So, I tried my hand at the "half dome" from knitty.com, and knitted it as directed -- flat. Fine. Worked great.
But my eyes just aren't good enough, at close range, to pick up all those tiny stitches and mattress stitch the thing shut. -- so I took the "I'm frustrated, so I'm gonna just sew the f***er up approach (random-mad-loopy-sewing to close up the thing and see if the size would work anyway. Which, it did!)
Then, I attempted the same pattern again on circular needles without really understanding the magic-loop method. (God Bless YouTube btw -- I've gotten some really clear help from some of the postings on technique there! Too late for my magic-loop needs, but nonetheless.) Having little success with my non-existent magic-loop, I switched double-pointed half way through (I think I prefer them, anyway) and promptly lost count...
But -- you know what?
In the past, I would have been frustrated to the point of no return. I would have cast the whole, expensive pile of mess into the trash... but, not this time!
This time, I am gonna finish my scarf.
Then, I'm headed back to the beautiful yarn store in the next town over to us, and I'll get the same yarn again and try the half-dome on double-pointed from the beginning! (Unless anyone knows of a better skull-cap-sort-of-hat-thing pattern?)
Don't tell anyone... but I think I'm really enjoying it.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to find a nice shawl pattern (not to granny-ish) for my totally hot sister-in-law!
As for menwhoknit.com. Am not too sure, yet, how to use this site. It seems to be mostly "support" -- nothing wrong with that! But, I am enjoying checking in to see what everyone is up to.
All the best to all in this New Year. And -- I have a hobby!!!