I had a bit of unexpected time today while waiting for a software glitch to be unglitched, so I picked up the knitting I started last evening. I had started the raspberry scarf on Saturday, but it was on smaller needles and I didn’t like the way it looked, so I restarted it last evening on slightly larger ones (originally 7, switched to sz. 9). Since I had my Denise Interchangeables, I decided to start more than one scarf at a time, as it’s easy to switch off between them. So I’m doing the raspberry one, a grey one and will be working on a third, a plum pink one that will be a lace pattern, which will require more concentration, so I’m putting that off a bit longer.
Knitting and I have not always gotten along well. I’ve crocheted for about 40 years now, since I was 16. I would give knitting a half-hearted try from time to time, but I would drop a stitch or otherwise get fouled up, and give up in disgust. About 6 years ago I tried left-handed knitting, and took to it much more quickly; the way the yarn was held on the left and the use of the right needle were similar to the way I crocheted, and I found it easier to knit that way. I can’t really say I was doing a true Continental style of knitting, however, as I wasn’t “picking” the stitches; I was still “throwing” the yarn with my left hand, which was still inefficient and slower than I would have liked. I would always lapse back into crochet when I wanted to get a project completed quickly (I don’t use the word “lapse” to mean crochet is somehow backwards; I’m just referring to my unwillingness to get used to doing something new and different and wanting to stay with the tried and true).
Yesterday I gave “picking” another try, and lo and behold, it worked and went quickly! I can now knit almost as fast as I can crochet! It didn’t matter so much to be speedy when I was just making dishcloths, but I want to make scarves and hats and such, now that I live where I can wear them. So it’s nice to be able to move along more rapidly.
There is a watch cap I want to make, and it should be simple, until I get to the upper crown, then I have to switch to DPNs. I bought bamboo DPNs awhile back and tried them once; it looked like an awkward game of pick-up-sticks. But I’m determined to conquer that skill, too. I did try cables several months ago and did fine with those. Maybe I can be more of a knitter than I thought I could be!
I’m using Caron Simply Soft yarn for these scarves. Yes, I know, 100% acrylic and all that, but I don’t do wool and this is what my budget allows at the moment.
My only angst with this project is that I’m SURE when we moved here I brought my extra Denise cords, extenders and end buttons, and I can’t find them anywhere! Right now it’s not a problem, as I will have only three projects going, but it’s irritating not to be able to find them, nonetheless.
Changing the subject, NaNoWriMo is going very well; I’m right on schedule, and more than a quarter of the way to the 50,000-word goal. Now, 50,000 words is certainly too short for a true novel (should be 70,000-90,000 words), and NaNoWriMo for me was simply the impetus to start a book I had planned to write eventually anyway. I will have much work to do on it once November is over, and plan for it to be ready for querying after the first of the year.