I went into Wal-mart looking for a picture frame (I know, I know: Wal-mart is horrible, but I was just scoping out options). I came out clutching knitting needles and three skeins of soft grey wool. To be honest, I’m not even sure how that happened. There I was, browsing the framing aisle when the wall of cozy woolliness caught my eye.
Let me remind you that I live in Canada. In Quebec, specifically, where it is currently -24 with the windchill. So all that wool looked really inviting.
I should have just put on a sweater and have done with it. Common sense was sitting there on my shoulder (my shoulder angels aren’t the normal good vs. evil ones: mine have a whole you-can-totally-DIY-this vs. leave-the-craft-aisle-now thing going on), telling me “your entire knitting experience is made up of failed attempts by your grandmother to get you to make an itchy pink scarf when you were ten”. (By the way, that pink scarf is probably still sitting in my parents’ basement somewhere, mocking me.)
Well, I brushed that shoulder angel right off and got out the pinterest app, visions of Claire Fraser’s gorgeous knitted cowl dancing in my head.
To quote my friend Annie, that thing is the bomb-diggity. The word “cowl” somehow seems inadequate when describing this piece of knitted perfection.
“You can totally make that”, said my shoulder angel. “You sewed a costume, right?! You refinished chairs! You got this.”
A quick search of “knitted cowl” turned up these FREE instructions from the site Ravelry.
“Great! Cast on 131 stitches, knit one, purl one… Okay, no problem! The level even says ‘beginner’. This is going to be easy.”
Except that I had no idea how to knit one. Or purl one. Or cast on anything. Whatever, there was an entire internet full of videos for that.
Still chipper, I trotted home with my treasures and got down to the serious business of knitting the heck out of this cowl.
Well, folks, the fairytale ends here. What ensues in this story is an evening of failed attempts to elicit even a glimmer of understanding from the various youtube videos I slavishly watched on repeat. I ripped out two attempts all because I didn’t know to tie a slipknot. Then I ripped out another attempt because the whole knit one, purl one business just wasn’t happening. Oh, and then I ripped out ANOTHER attempt because the whole okay-I’ll-just-simplify-the-pattern-and-do-one-row-knit-and-one-row-purl thing wasn’t happening.
It wasn’t pretty. There were tears. Actual, hot tears of frustration. I *may* have assumed a fetal position at one point and proceeded to rock back and forth in the corner.
And that’s when I decided to
fudge (you know what I mean) it all and just do a straight knit stitch on that bad boy.
So is it a cowl? Is it a scarf? Is it a blanket? Is it a giant blog of wool? Well, here’s the denouement of the story. The unravelling, if you will. 🙂
I’m knitting a scarf. A big, wide, soft, grey scarf. I will then sew the ends together. And when that is done I will wrap it around
the neck of the girl from the youtube video my neck. It will be awesome.
Oh and it will definitely be three years from now. So be sure to check back for an update in early 2018!
As they say in French, “courage”. I think your plain grey scarf looks lovely, but with a little more practice you will be knitting all kinds of things. Sometimes just the act of knitting can be worth it because it is so relaxing. I just finished a pair of leg warmers, more or less as a template to use to make more interesting designs on later versions. As for Walmart, which I swore I would never shop in, it is the only place around here I can get knitting supplies, so have been frequenting it more than I care to admit.
Thanks, Hilda! The encouragement is much appreciated!
Oh…your grandmother must be laughing right now!
Ahhh I know your pain! A year on from many failed attempts and I can knit pretty much anything! Hang in there, you’ll pick it up 🙂
I love a plain grey scarf…you can do it! Thanks for sharing your endeavor with the Thursday Blog Hop!