look ma...a HEM!

OK, I realize this doesn't look like much...but this is the most intense knitting I've done so far. And I'm proud that I got this far without having to pull the whole damn thing out.

So, to get to this point (warning: technical "yarn talk" to follow...) I had to do a crocheted chain stitch with waste yarn (new skill: crochet) pick up stitches from the chain stitch (new skill: picking up stitches from a chain stitch :p also called a provisional cast-on) knit and knit and knit for about 11 rows (not a new skill) knit a row to a larger set of needles (nope, not new) pull out the waste yarn leaving LIVE STITCHES - yikes (so a new skill...scared me to death :p) thread the live stitches on another set of circular needles, fold the piece in half so that the *two* pairs of needles were parallel and then knit through two sets of stitches to create a folded hem. Then I knit one more round. And this is what I have. Should be easier from this point on (although the sweater does have a few new stitches for me...and the cap sleeves that I'll have to join to the body in the end - that's almost like sewing!)

Good thing it's a light summer-weight type of sweater because I don't see myself finishing it for awhile...maybe not the best choice for my first sweater project (and do you see how TINY those stitches are??) But, I'm pleased with how it's turning out so far :)

A couple of cool sites not to be missed:
  • I know the majority of my handful of readers are scrapbookers so I'm sure this will come in handy to someone out there ;-) Seriously, how funny is the name? Even though the product itself is more than questionable.
  • And this made me laugh out loud and almost, *almost* actually print out a few notices to keep in my glovebox :p
And a quote from Little Miss Sunshine:
"sarcasm is the refuge of losers"
You think that's true? If so, I'm a raging loser.

It's Friday, yo!


  1. Anonymous12:53 PM

    so you know that this post may have scared me off knitting forever?? haha. Can't wait to see the finished sweater!!

    And that parking web site is cracking me up. I kept on looking to see if I made it. Not b/c I'm an asshole parker. Mostly because parking isn't my strong suit :p

  2. That's amazing.
    YOU are amazing Erica.
    Feel so happy for any stitch that gets done. :)

  3. Wow, awesome job on the knitting! I always wanted to learn how to do that!!! :)

    And those links are hilarious! Wow, recycled elephant pooh... who would have thought?! Thanks for the chuckle!

    Hope you have an awesome weekend, girlie! :)

  4. COol - a hem! They make a garment look so finished!

    I loved the parking site. I DID print out the "notices". Last week I had to climb in the passenger door to get in my car because they were 6 inches from my door! Would have LOVED having this in my glove box!

  5. dude...I will NEVER be able to get that knitting thing:P I have a knot in my stomach just thinking about it...

    Love that one site and will have to print out some notices to keep in the glove box:P


  6. Anonymous5:45 PM

    You are so stinking talented! The sweater will be awesome.

  7. I was feeling all superior for about 2 minutes until I read your post today. I haven't even tried half of the things you are talking about. Now I feel like a l-o-s-e-r
    I am so printing out some of those notices. Maybe on elephant poo paper!

  8. First of all - SHOW OFF! ;) Love what you've got going on there. That is going to be one fab sweater!

    Second of all, those sites cracked me up! I could add a picture to that parking one every time I go out! ;)

  9. Okay, I read it, but I feel like you're talking in a foreign language or something...also relieved that this stress has nothing to do with the project that I requested! : )

  10. Anonymous10:05 AM

    dude, you have mad skills.

    love the sites, especially the parking one. you and jsj have a gift of finding strange websites. =)

    d of all, i'm a big loser too. i guess we attract to one another or something? ah well, ceste la vive, line ling, whatchamadoogie.

  11. Anonymous7:06 PM

    That is going to be gorgeous. I love the Bonita pattern. I'm a knitter/scrapbooker as well ;)

  12. Anonymous8:04 PM

    Didn't understand a word you said there, but you do know that you ( and all the other tons of scrapper/knitter celebs out there) have got me hankerin' to learn? I will regret it I'm sure... I can't sew to save my life and I have a feeling this won't be much different. Plus, I'm left handed, and I've heard it just doesn't jive, especially when you have a rightie teaching you. :p

    PS - LOVE those parking signs, lmao!!!

  13. You are scaring me. It's OK, though. It's a good scare. Not a you-are-a-freak scare or anything like that. It's one of those I-have-no-clue-what-she-just-said-did-I-miss-something-important scares. I'm most impressed with your new skills.



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