Hi there - I'm new to the forum and new to knitting. Please skip to the 3rd paragraph to see where I get to my question!!
I took up knitting cause even though I've never considered myself very crafty, I remember as a kid I loved latch hooking. I was too young to realize it at the time but I liked that there was something so meditative about it and I loved the feeling of finishing a project. But now that's only embarrassing and the only thing embarrassing about this latest adult hobby is that it's become so commonplace (oh no - not another
knitter!). I might feel better about it if I were one of the first in this latest wave - haha. I also like having something to do with my hands while waiting and there seems to be a lot of waiting around these days, having 3 boys with their extracurricular activities!
I must be very masochistic cause I keep refusing to give up even though things look baaaaad.
I think it's cause I feel like the knitting's trying to get the best of me and I'm determined to beat it - lol. I so far know how to double cast on, knit (continental - I'm left-handed) and pearl. Don't yet know how to cast off, and obviously I've yet to learn this slipping-off thing although I can see it's easy. Lord knows I'm good at doing that by accident.
I've made about 6 swatches which all look awful although they may be improving slightly (only slightly). I keep telling myself I'm not going to start on that first scarf yet until I learn how to fix mistakes which I'm hoping to learn by watching videos online or by attending a local "fixing" class, if I can find one.
So my main question is: if I'm about to knit a row, is that first slipped stitch (if stitch is the correct term) started as a knit as opposed to a pearl, and likewise if the row is going to be pearled, is the first slipped stitch a pearl slip?
Oh one other question: if I do attempt a scarf soon, should I be doing it stockinette or...? Is it okay that it curls up like that? What should I do - if there's a simple solution anyway - to avoid that, or should I not worry about it?
Thanks very much!
p.s. what I've bought so far: circular needles #8 with fitting yarn; longer chopstick size typical #8 straight ones; circular #10.5 or so (let me know if I should return that as it hasn't been taken out of the package yet); fitting yarn for that (chunky?); and for something fun and cause I thought maybe it would make things easier, a huge long pair of bamboo #13 with some super chunky (?) yarn to go with it! I also bought the book Stitch 'N Bitch and she goes on and on about liking to use needles long enough to hold under the arm pit so for kicks I thought these big bamboo ones might be similar to what she meant (not that I know how one even does that). I got a generous knitting store gift card otherwise I might not have spent so much, being a beginner!
p.p.s. if anyone knows of any really good videos online that show common mistakes as well as fixes, please point me in that directions. Otherwise I'll just do youtube searches which I'm sure will turn up something. Thanks!