It's fall: Monday Knit Football season. So I started a knitting project. You know, a cowl, because
|provisional cast on with waste yarn|
Yay for nerdy projects!
So naturally, being such a basic pattern, I figured there would be no new skills to learn. Wrong! But no worries: I love learning new things.
First new skill: provisional cast on. Not too difficult, since I already knew how to wield a crochet hook. Brilliant additional idea from the YouTube video that I watched to learn this: mark every 10 stitches, so you don't have to keep counting as the cast on progresses toward the requisite 94 stitches.
Second new skill: changing colors in the round in a way that looks almost seamless. Thank goodness for YouTube videos! The name for this technique is "jogless stripes" and it is not difficult at all.
|These are cakes of yarn; now you know|
My yarn colors. Fun, no? They remind me of sporty clothing from the 1970's, especially when knit into all those stripes.
|Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash|
Not being well-versed in all things knitting, I didn't realize you can't knit straight from the skein as it comes from the yarn store. That is a no-no.
|Action shot: unwinding a skein|
But, that doesn't mean you need to wind your yarn into balls by hand. The well-equipped knitter (my awesome Sister) has a fancy contraption that winds it all with a few turns of a hand crank.
I was mesmerized watching it.
And the end result is not a ball of yarn, but a cake. Yummy.
This project will probably last me well into football season. Just a-knittin' away.
Do you have "football season" projects? What makes a good candidate for working on while watching (or listening to) sports on tv?