Friday, September 29, 2006

A Few of My Knitterly Things

Bouguereau, Adolphe-William - 1869Grumperina started it. It just took me a few days to think of 10 knitterly things you may not know about me. Any surprises?

1. I first picked up the needles in second grade when our teacher showed us - boys and girls alike - how to cast on.

2. I taught myself (mostly by trial and error) how to do anything else beyond the knit stitch and I'm happy to say that, through the fine example set by many of you, I'm still learning.

3. I keep a sketch book handy to record my knit design ideas.

4. I'm terrible at following patterns to the letter. I tinker with them constantly.

5. I conceptualize and visualize MUCH faster than I am able to knit. This frustrates me to no end.

6. I made (and was paid for) my first custom clothing at the age of 13. It was a dress and matching full-length cape for a rather statuesque friend of the family. She loved it so much that it was still among her things when she died in September, 2001.

7. I cannot do a figure-8 cast on nor short-row heel to save my life! I'm stuck in the top-down, heel flap lane of sock making.

8. While most of my knitting is for others (and gladly so), I'd really like to spend more of my knitting time on myself.

9. I am unable to keep my mind fixed on one project straight through to completion. Can't do it.

10. I am an annoying detail-oriented perfectionist in most all the other parts of my life. Oddly enough, this does not extend to knitting.


Anonymous grumperina said...

Forget about the figure 8 cast-on... but I must say the short-row method is worth learning - it fits some feet better, and uses a whole lot less yarn than heel flaps. Plus there are two alternatives - wrap and YO - maybe one is easier than the other for some people. Thanks for answering the meme!

9/29/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I agree with Kathy- forget the figure 8 cast on and try the TURKISH CAST ON (on ny side bar of course)

I promise Karen, if this horrible cold every goes away so I don't sound like a cross between Harvey Fierstein and Carol Channing I will call I'm having broadband issues as well as ANOTHER dead hard drive (on my older laptop!)
I'm glad you sound well tho!

9/29/2006 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous KnitMongrel said...

Can't do the figure-8 either... is there a 12-step for people like us? Missed you Tuesday...

9/30/2006 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous knitdds said...

Hi K. . .loved the ascot. . loved the video, and hope all is better with you!! I'm personally impressed with your 2nd grade teacher, wish mine was as cool then I'd be a smarter knitter.

10/01/2006 09:06:00 AM  

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