Knitting like crazy!
Learning to arm-knit?!
Pintester Movement 2.0!
I read the sometimes-NSFW, always-hilarious Pintester blog, in which Pinterest pins are tested out by intrepid reporter/guinea pig Sonja Foust... and she recently issued a challenge: retest a pin idea that she's already tried and see what happens! How could I resist?
p.s. Mama, NSFW in this case means there's swearing. You have been warned.
One of my favorite -ahem- failures (sorry, Sonja) was an attempt at arm knitting; the FO image was pinned from designer Simply Maggie's video tutorial, and I was able to find it as a free! Ravelry pattern as well. The Pintester did not fare so well (spoiler alert?), but I hoped that my base knowledge of with-pointy-sticks knitting would give me some sort of advantage... and I had a cunning three-step plan!
Step 1: use the correct yarn for the job!
Step 2: easily grasp the mechanics of arm knitting!
Step 3: bask in glory!
Visiting stash... ooh, Step 1: complete!
|Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky -- it's discontinued|
That sound you hear is me polishing my nails on my shoulder.
Like a boss.
Step 2: um. Okay. Let's present this as a series of vignettes.
|Long tail cast on: success? I guess? looks a mess. Bless.|
Attempt One: in which I leave way too much slack and have no clue how to properly twist the yarn to approximate stockinette stitch.
Attempt Two: in which my husband hovers over me and tells me that I look like I'm in "yarn handcuffs."
|He's not wrong.|
Attempt Three: in which my daughter distracts me so much, I drop a selvedge stitch and don't realize it until it's too late. Fillagadusha.
Here's what I learned about arm knitting:
Everyone else in the house needs to leave me alone.
Also, I need at least three days to procrastinate.
Step 3: I am a supermodel!
|Eat your heart out, RuPaul!|
In the end, Attempt Four was a winner, with a cast-on edge of seven and a total length of six feet (ends sewn together). With prior practice and without distractions, I was finally able to finish this in the promised half-hour time frame.
|bind-off edge of glory|
|double-looped for cowl realness|
...I've said too much. Gotta go! Evenstar beading awaits!