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  1. Merino Royale
    June 30, 2014 @ 1:05 am

    Lovely knitt wool blanket. Very nice pictures!

  2. Sara A.
    April 23, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    One of my good friends from college was a prolific knitter and taught me how, provided me with some oddments of yarn and some needles to practice with. I knit my boyfriend the ugliest garter stitch scarf with the wrongest needles for the yarn I think they were 17s and the yarn was a bulky much more suited for 11s or 13s in orange, yellow, and red color blocks. Then I got caught up in quilting and sewing and forgot about knitting for a while. After my daughter was born, I was looking for something to keep busy with while she was doing tummy time or whatever. I found the yarn and needles in a corner and set to making a black ribbed scarf for my husband. Then, I jumped into knitting with both feet and did socks and a lace hat and I don’t think I’ve gone a week without something on the needles since.

  3. Genevieve
    April 17, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    Beautiful blanket! Impressive first project. I approached knitting a little most cautiously with a twisted ribbed hat. Great way to learn a few different techniques, but I was in an class with a patient teacher. Now I want to make a nice blanket too!

  4. goodfruit
    April 16, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    There is no such thing as a hideous purple. I’m sure of it! My first project was a hideous gold garter stitch scarf that took me most of my 9th grade school year to knit. It was in hideous acrylic, that old, scratchy kind. I love the choices we have in yarns and patterns now, the 80’s almost did us in.

    • alexaludeman
      April 16, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

      Oh, how I wish I had a photo of this hideous purple! I think it might be un-photographable if I still had it. Lols

  5. slippedstitches
    April 16, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    A purple turtleneck sweater with a peplum and the sleeves were puffed at the top and grew narrower toward the wrist. My stitches were so tight I had to struggle to insert the needle. Knitting five stitches was a full body work out. Then I learned the fine art of tension. To this day, my knit stitches let me know whether I am relaxed or tense.

  6. miss agnes
    April 16, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    My first knit project was a scarf, just a way to remember how it worked because I had learned a while ago but never really stuck at it. Then it was a small cowl, and I learned to knit in the round. And quite quickly I decided to do a blanket as well, for my daughter. She chose the yarn, not a wonderful one but fair enough, chose the colors and I followed a relatively simple pattern.
    I think a blanket is a great way to become an experienced knitter: it is quite a long project, so the repetition of stitches helps you even out your tension, and simply get better at manipalting your needles, the yarn, everything…

  7. FoFo
    April 16, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    Very pretty blanket! I’m afraid of cables and lace, I’m determined to learn though. My first knitted project was a scarf made from this thick and thin yarn by Lion Brand. It is wool and very heavy. Not really good for where I live because we don’t get really cold.

    • alexaludeman
      April 16, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

      There’s nothing like a scarf (or a strip of a blanket) to really get your practice in on a stitch. I will say it’s not the most efficient way to learn but it works every time!