After reading a couple of posts about knitting on Design Sponge (one of my favorite design blogs!), I have recently become inspired to start a new knitting project! One of the Design Sponge posts was on knitting basics, and the second was a DIY post on how to make Danielle Henderson’s chunky cowl. I have knitted before but it’s been a while, so to get back into it I thought I’d start with a quick trip to Joann Fabric, which is easier said than done in L.A.! I have had terrible luck over the years finding a decent one in the area. Somehow they are always closed or practically pilfered by the time I arrive! So my solution last weekend was to make a stop at a Joann’s in Simi Valley on my way up to a friends house, with much success.
I picked out two colors of yarn for my cowl. I’m an earth-tone kind of gal, so I chose a soft brown colored yarn with little white, gray, and black speckles that give it a home-spun organic look, and a rusty red color for the accent on the cowl. Both are 75% wool and quite soft! Of course I didn’t notice until I got them home that they are part of Vanna White’s line of yarn and knitting products. (Who knew, she makes yarn!? Weird!)
Danielle Henderson’s design calls for 5 purl stitches (for the non-knitters out there, it’s kind of like a backwards stitch), then 15 knit stitches, followed by 5 more purls. As I got started, somehow I kept either adding or dropping stitches, no matter how meticulous I thought I was being! I do realize that practice makes perfect. But for the sake of getting a rhythm on my first back-at-knitting project, I decided to start out simple, with just straight knit stitches for the whole cowl. Success so far!
I’ll let you know how my cowl turns out. Wish me luck!
Have you started any fun knitting or crocheting projects lately? What do you find challenging about it?