Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mission Accomplished!

I interrupt this bloggy break because I'm excited to share something with you (also, I miss blogging... it's only been 4 days, but sheesh, seems like forever)...

It's finished! The Craft Hope scarf (and my very first knitting project) turned out to be a success!

I learned a lot while making this scarf - about knitting and patience. :) I made several mistakes and I had to start over a few times, but in the end it came together nicely.

I laugh when I look at the beginning of the scarf {note: I still have to weave the ends in}...This is when I was still concentrating on every.single.stitch and when my tension was all over the place.

Compared to the end of the scarf...
This is when my knitting needles were cruising with confidence and my tension was (mostly) consistent.

To be honest, I'm almost embarrassed to send this to the charity center. Hopefully the person who receives it will take one look at my rookie work, nod and smile fondly, and think of how sweet it was for a child to knit such a scarf for charity.

My knitting teacher, while a lovely woman, is not-so-great a teacher. That said, I have to admit I learned how to knit this scarf almost completely by way of studying a knitting book and watching several knitting videos on YouTube (Love YT). I figured out how to cast on, add a new ball of yarn and bind off all on my ownsome. :) Yay me!

I should be done with James' hat soon. Hopefully it'll still be cool enough that he can wear it once it's finished!


Jo Shabo said...

Yay, Mari-Ann! Congrats- it looks beautiful!

Our Little Family said...

Well done girl! And, I totally laughed out loud about the recipient thinking a CHILD knitted it. You are hilarious and totally not giving yourself enough credit! I've tried knitting three times and I've quit knitting three times also. Ha!

Looks great!!

Montessori Moments said...

So glad to have a mini update...we've missed ya!
AMAZING scarf btw!

Elise said...

Way to go Mari-Ann, this is awesome!

I laughed when you said that you hope the person who receives this thinks how kind it was of a CHILD to knit this for them. You crack me up.

I think it is selfless of you to teach yourself to knit and then donate your very first piece to someone who is in greater need than you. What a "beauty full" gift you are giving.

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Its beautiful Mari-Ann! I love it and I know that the recipient will love it as well. Just give your self time with your will get the hang of it. I think you can always tell the beginging of all of my projects because it takes me a few rows to get my tension set.
My second pair of socks is coming along ok, but I think it is going to be too big...oops!

Anonymous said...

woohhoo wtg! Looks great!

Jen said...

Oh how I miss your sense of humor, you used to have me laughing with tears in my eyes! People don't know how funny you are all the time, you should let it show more often in your posts!
Way to go on the scarf... it looks perfect, Mari-Ann, really.

Karen said...

So beautiful my friend!!! you're a Star!!! Miss your posts!!!! Thanks God you finished!!!

I let you an award on my blog, I know you received this one before, but YOUr Blog It's OVER THE TOP!!!

Anonymous said...

it turned out great! I wish i could knit!

halfstitched said...

I think the scarf looks great. I taught myself to knit from a book too. I had a tough time at first but love it.


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