#knitterintraining: One Stitch at a Time

Hey all!

After a rocky Summer, and Autumn, I have finally been able to work on my learning project for EDTC 300.  It was an interesting time over the last few days to say the least, as I have not been able to pick up knitting needles since my last post at the end of May found here. At that time, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with the steps I found to learn knitting.  The videos were not clear, or rather I was not processing the information very well.  Well, since then, I have taken both a new approach to life, and towards knitting.  In many aspects, I believe that continuous practice is the key to getting better at something.  With knitting, it was no different.  So, over the last few days, I have been using this video to learn a few simple stitches.  For this project, I have decided to focus mainly on the knit stitch.  (5:34).

Now, I have to say I was lucky because I still remembered how to cast-on.  I was fortunate enough to be able to simply pick up my knitting supplies, and get my first row cast-on rather quickly.  However, like with casting on, these first stitches were anything but easy.  It took me a few hours, and this picture is a pretty good visual of how that went.  Each piece of yarn represents some a few attempts at the knit stitch.  The more I tried it with the same bit of yarn, the harder the yarn got to work, and I had to cut it off.  The stuff at the bottom of the picture represents my first attempts.  Some, I got far before making a mistake that made me start over, and others, I only made a few stitches before I managed to mess up the yarn.  However, I was making more progress every time, and the stuff at the top of this picture shows my most recent attempts.  Instead of undoing all of my stitches after I made a mistake, I decided to leave them intact to show myself how far I could get before making a mistake.  I was making good progress here already, and was getting excited every single time I made a good stitch.  This first go at real knitting has me decided that I want to make a scarf by the end of this project!  I am sure I will succeed if I just remember to take it one stitch at a time!

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