I'm still in the middle of my knitting emergency: first scarf is done & the stash I ordered hasn't arrived.
I won't be ordering from that company again!
Wednesday I practiced by making the little heart pattern for beginners in Stitch 'n Bitch.
Yesterday I decided to get brave and on my way home from the office I picked up some DPNs to fit the leftover yarn from my scarf. I sat down last night and decided to make myself a hat, figuring that it doesn't matter what it looks like, because it's just for practise. I'm not a hat person anyway.
Well, if I would have filmed myself wrestling with those needles I'm sure some of you would have gotten a big kick out of it. Whoever said that working with DPNs is like wrestling with an octopus is SO RIGHT!
Casting on and distributing the stitches: no problem. The first time I started knitting the wrong way around, so it meant I wasn't knitting in the round, just on three attached needed.
The second time around I managed to figure THAT part out. I got past the ribbing, past the increases - of which I managed to make two too few for some reason and then took a look at what I had knitted.
Obviously several stitches had fallen off the needles without me noticing, and I kept getting the needles stuck in my sleeve.
Anyway, it was a pretty hilarious evening and had me giggling. I frogged everything and will try again tonight - this time for real.
One serious question though: how do I avoid those really big stitches where I switch from one needle to the next - do I just need to try to make that stitch especially tight by tugging on it? You could see perfectly in the ribbing where the in-between needle stitches were.
As a newbie, I think it's fun to try things that are maybe a little too advanced for me. I just have to remember not to buy wonderful, expensive yarn for the "experiments" or to really expect to knit something that is wearable....