Knits for Nerds: Update #2

Well, it’s been one week since I started my Knits for Nerds: Doctor Who scarf knitting project. According to my estimates, it is 18% complete. Here’s what I learned thus far:

Week 1 progress

  • Just like learning to play the guitar, knitting can be rough on virgin fingers, and after a while you’re forced to take breaks. I’m now starting to build up callouses.
  • Yes, they make apps for counting rows, and no, an iPhone does not work well as a row counter. It was worth the few extra bucks to buy a clicker.
  • Covering your legs with a blanket while you knit may be cliché, but it’s the only way I roll.
  • I knit too tight.
  • Someone suggested trying bamboo needles. I love this person. Bamboo works so much better for me than the metal ones.
  • Now when I see people wearing sweaters, vests, scarfs, etc., I’m beginning to wonder if they knit them. Believe it or not, this is a new habit.
  • Brands matter. Some brands of yarn are easy to work with while others I am beginning to loathe.
  • I was tempted to set targets for myself to hit, but with the holiday season in full gear, I don’t want to make this a stressful endeavor. I’ll just keep on trucking along at my own pace.
  • I can’t yet knit and actually watch TV 😦

So far, so good. No major mistakes or hangups. My daughter likes to click the clicker for me, which is really cute, but now I have to watch she doesn’t run off with it. She wants to knit, too, but I told her she’s still too young. Really, I just don’t want to get schooled by a four-year old. Of course, I do want to include her as much as possible, so instead we picked out three colors of yarn to make a friendship bracelet. After some instruction from daddy, she made me proud by weaving the rest of it herself. I thought she would lose interest, but she could see it coming together and became excited.

Friendship bracelet

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