Another good friend of mine has a hand-knit Etsy store where she sells some pretty cute stuff. It's called the Pknit Gallery, which is, of course, the cutest name ever for a knitting boutique (go check it out!). I figured I would try to teach myself to knit a basic stitch online and then ask my friend for help if I got stuck. YouTube has some good tutorials, so I went to work learning a new hobby.
I decided that I could at least make a scarf for my youngest daughter. She picked out the orange yarn, and I went to work. It turned out just fine, but it was full of mistakes here and there. You wouldn't know it at a glance, and she certainly doesn't care! She's just happy to have something orange around her neck. My older daughter asked for a purple hat. I picked up a book called Felted Knits from the library and decided to make her a felted hat out of wool. It couldn't be that hard, right?
I started with the beret. I started, I re-started and I re-started. I'd get about 12 rows and it would all be completely off. I think I gave it a good 7 tries. In a fit of frustration I finally took it out for the last time and moved on to something a little less annoying...a rimmed hat. That one went swimmingly. I had mistakes, of course, but I didn't get off count. And the best part is that the mistakes didn't matter one bit since the whole thing was felted. I was completely thrown off by terms like "k2tog" and "ssk" and "wrap & turn" as well as pretty much everything besides "purl" and "knit" so I would google the term for a how-to video or look at the glossary in the back of my books. Turns out they're not that hard, but for a knitting idiot, it was.
When I finished the knitting part, the hat was so big that it looked like a sack. When I picked my daughter up from school, I tossed her the hat and snapped this picture with my phone:
Then I went home and hand felted it until it was the right size, and I'm loving how it turned out!
drying on some towels
Now I plan to add some flowers, but I need to get to the store to get more yarn colors.