Oh my stars, knitting is hard! Just look at this mess!
This started in October when I wanted to knit a headband/ear warmer thing. I can half crochet, but all the ear warmers I liked were knitted. I have been shown how to knit once or twice. How hard could it be?
I know -- stupid question.
I bought a magazine that had good pictures showing how to cast on and knit and purl. I purchased a pattern. It started off with ribbing -- alternating the knit and purl stitches. Tried that a dozen times before putting it all away.
Picked it up again last Sunday. This time I decided to first learn to knit, then learn to purl before putting them both together. I carefully went through the pictures. It took me another dozen tries to realize I was casting on incorrectly. Once I was casting on right, it only took several more tries to figure out how to knit. Then I tried to purl. Again, it wasn't too bad. Took a several tries, but before long I had a stocking stitch -- that isn't the right term. I was very proud of the small swatch above before I attempted the ribbing again.
I have no idea what I am doing -- obviously. For some reason I have twice as many stitches as I did before. There are two or three rows there of alternating between knit and purl. Because my stitches kept multiplying, the needles are not long enough to hold it all so I dropped one of the stitches. Oops.
And thus we see the benefit of a teacher. That swatch has been ripped out for the 32nd -- ish time, and I will find a teacher before attempting the ribbing stitch again.
If you know how to knit, or even if you don't, please feel free to laugh at my mess. I certainly am.