Hi, all, new knitter here. Friday a week ago I decided to take up knitting, so I went to the BIG Joann (we have some good LYS in my area, but I figured best to start small and inexpensive) and picked up some yellow Lily Sugar & Cream and a size 7 circular needle, reported to the sofa, cranked up Amy's videos on the laptop, and taught myself to knit. I've got almost two skeins of yarn into my basketweave baby afghan, which I calculate is about 1/2 way done (seeing as I bought 4 skeins...).
Of course, k4 p4 got a little bland after a bit, so I ordered the Fiber Trends clog pattern and knit up a pair for myself and some my husband. I picked up the Boye Needlemasters because I couldn't find the right size needles for the clogs, only to come back to the forum and see that the Options are better. Must order Options, then, and return Needlemaster. Except Options doesn't have the right size for the clogs, so really I should just keep both sets. I also have this compulsion where I can't just buy one thing, so I got yarn and a pattern for a sweater with the Options order. And that's just the beginning. I think I'm addicted. I stay up late knitting, skipping meals if my husband doesn't whine enough for food, and get up early to knit before work. At work, I read this forum and look at patterns and yarn.
However, as my husband so cleverly put it, my hobby is hobbies, so who knows how long this will last before I move on to something else. I think with all the different techniques to learn and yarns to try, however, (at some point I get to graduate to the good stuff) this will keep me busy for quite a while. It's just so darn satisfying to see the yarn turn into something real. Plus, I can do it while watching TV if it's easy, or it keeps me busy while he's studying if I need to count stitches and pay attention. And if I stick with it for at least a month, I'll allow myself a nice knitting bag. If not, I'm going to have a lot of yarn hanging around...
Fiber Trends felted clogs x2 (still drying)
Knitty Center Square Hat from clog leftovers
On the Needles:
Basketweave Baby Afghan
Fiber Trends felted bunny (for a baby gift, b/c who knows when I'll finish the afghan)
Knit Picks Phoebe Pullover in Andean Silk (Leaf)
Wicked sweater in KP Swish Superwash (Dark Navy) (because I'm obviously ready for sweaters with cables
Girl from Auntie Celtic Cap
scarves (with cables!) and more caps from leftovers
In other words, be forewarned: I will have many questions!
PS, I tend to get a little wordy (and use a lot of parentheticals). Sorry about that.