I have been trying to knit since two years ago. It still hadn’t clicked until August when I found out that the proper way to knit is the Continental Style. It made sense then. So…I started something other than a bookmarker or a lopsided dishcloth or a scarf I’ll never wear in Florida. I started a lunch bag. It was a simple pattern. All I needed was wool yarn, size 15 circular needles, which I paid $15.00 for! I also needed help from Square Melanie. Um, yeah she was a lot of help. cough-cough
I begain the process in August. Knitting every chance I get. Then I’d stop because I wanted to work faster, so I picked up crocheting again. Knitting is soo very slow.
I learned some things. It isn’t easy knitting backwards to fix a mistake. If you drop a stitch, you still need a crochet hook to fix it! In crochet you only need to pull the yarn to go back to fix it and you still only need the crochet hook. You don’t need a needle in crochet.
I finally get to the end of the bag. Yes, there are mistakes and a hole I think, but after felting no one will know. I was sick on knitting by the time I got to the flap part, that I decided to fix it and just crochet a nice flap.
Pretty isn’t it. It is the shell stitch. I like it very much. I didn’t know how it would felt, but I figured the edging would at least be scalloped.
To felt it, I put the bag in the wash on hot water, no soap, with some towels to help with the rubbing part. Once the yarn is felted, the bag will be nice and thick. All the stiches will be fused together.
I waited with excitement. I finally finished a knitted project and it was going to be useful to me. The washer beeped, to let me know it was done. I reach in and pull out the pillowcase my bag was in…
And this is what came out.
I pry it apart hoping to salvage something. I let it dry for a few days.
It is now cut up into squares for hotpads.
I hate knitting.