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New old skill

My very first cables

My very first cables

If you’ve read far enough back in this blog, you will have realized that I don’t have a great view of needle knitting. Hold on!!!! Don’t yell at me yet, let me finish! I love knits. I love wearing them, I love the yarns that make them, but I have been completely incapable of sticking with needle knitting for more than five minutes at a time. As I’ve said in previous posts, my mom taught me how to do basic knitting when I was a child, but I never got any further than that. Basic knitting – i.e. garter stitch – bored me, so I never bothered to find out if there was more to it. I put it completely down. I used strong words for it, such as “hate” and “never”.

Had my mom not passed away eight years ago, she would be laughing herself to death right now (has it been that long, Mom? I really miss you…). As it is, wherever she is, she’s laughing herself sick now. Because I got myself on this slippery slope awhile back with fiber arts, and it was only a matter of time until knitting joined the list of fiber addictions. The first inkling I had that I might be in trouble was the fact that I couldn’t resist buying a set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable circular needles. They were so pretty, how could I pass them up? Which means, of course, that it behooves me to learn how to use them. Well, okay. Then I bought an infinite calendar of different knitting stitches. And a couple of sets of inexpensive straight needles. The slide culminated in sitting down to watch a YouTube video on how to make cables on straight needles. And now I can do them!!!

I am very proud of these! Yes, I can see where I’ve made some mistakes, but overall the cables themselves look really good, and the challenge of doing them solidified the slide down the slope. Yup, I am certain Mom is laughing herself silly at me.

I am still not a fan of garter stitch. It’s just too boring and mindless for me. I have learned that, for me, knitting mindlessly just doesn’t work. My brain has to be engaged, and garter stitch isn’t enough for that. But pattern stitches like cables are, because I have to keep track of how many stitches, am I knitting or purling in this place, have I done enough rows to cable over again, etc.

Hubby now wants a cabled scarf, so I’m going to frog this and start over without the mistakes and loose stitches and give him one worth looking at. Yeah, Mom, I can hear you now.

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