A list of my knitting discoveries:
- What I used to call wool, is actually called yarn.
- There are more types of yarn than acrylic and wool.
- Yarn also comes in skeins and hanks and not just balls.
- There is such a thing as a ball winder.
- Other new tools: there are circular needles, double pointed needles, gauge tools, stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needles.
Knitting in the round
- At the moment, I am suspicious of circular needles.
- I am not quite ready for double pointed needles…I tried, it was funny.
(Therefore, I am leery of any patterns knit in the round, but very excited to find patterns knit flat).
- Knitting has its own language: Colloquial, Pattern and Official. Examples: Colloquial: WIP = work in progress. Pattern: Sl 1 k1 passo = slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Official: Size 4 yarn = medium weight yarn, not 4 ply (oh yes, I learned that by the doing).
- Which led me to The Craft Yarn Council which has an excellent online, printable reference document for Official knitting language translation:
- I can spend a LOT of time browsing and studying yarn and patterns.
Fleece and spinning
- I want to own alpacas because alpacas are very, very cute. They also spit. They are cute and they spit. I love this.
- From my very cute, possibly spitting, alpacas I will produce fleece and spin yarn.
Knitting is fun.🐑
(Are you a beginner knitter or do you remember some of the first things you discovered about knitting?)
Thanks for stopping by!
Danny Elfman, 1993 What’s This? The Nightmare before Christmas Musical. Walt Disney Music Company