Stacy Knits

Ramblings about knitting and whatever else crosses my mind

Monday, February 21, 2005

My Very First Blog Entry!

I've officially entered the world of knitting geekdom. I have a blog.

I started knitting in late 2003, after getting the book Stitch N Bitch by Debbie Stoller. That wasn't my first try! I'd fallen in love with a ribbed hat pattern in Real Simple magazine a year earlier and bought a bunch of yarn and books to teach me. The attempts lasted about 30 minutes until I threw in the towel. I can't stand to not do things well, and if I can't, I tend to give up quickly! A year later, I decided to try again. That same hat ended up being my first project. I didn't quite realize that your first project should be a garter stitch scarf and again tried the ribbed hat. I didn't understand yarn substitutions so I found a LYS and bought 2 skeins of Tahki Baby yarn at $15 a pop! That was pretty far from the Red Heart Super Saver I'd bought the year before. Maybe it was this amazingly soft, bulky yarn that kept me motivated to knit.

I finished the hat, and I thought it looked great, even though I'd messed up the top pretty badly. It looks more like seed stitch than a ribbing. If you aren't a knitter, you'd probably never notice. I got tons of compliments on my hat and still love it over a year later.

I didn't knit much through the winter and summer and didn't finish anything else. I picked it back up again in September and went crazy finishing projects and starting more. My second project was the Ribbed for Her Pleasure Scarf from SNB in a great coral Grignasco merino yarn. My favorite project of the fall: easily my pink Sophie bag!

This bag is a great project for a beginner that wants to learn to knit in the round and branch out beyond scarves.

Reading this first entry in my blog, you're probably noting how pink it is (look at the background in the Sophie bag photo, that's my beloved pink room that serves as my computer room. It's a bright salmon shade and was the first room I painted, just a couple ofweeks after moving into my house. Women flip over it. Men all have the same reaction, "well, it's pink"). The general consensus among my friends is that I am the living version of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, complete with law degree, ditzy-ness, blonde hair, lipgloss, pink obsession, and dog in tow (unfortunately minus the trust fund).

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