Saturday night while watching Emma (which I enjoyed), I sat down with my husband and taught him how to knit. I began with a basic-principles discussion on how knitting is constructed, and then taught him the knit stitch. I cast on about twenty stitches for him and let him practice away. I think he did three rows. It didn't go too badly! His tension wasn't tremendously even, but it wasn't too uneven either, although I suspect he would have an easier time sticking the needle through stitches if he loosened up a bit. :) I had warned him before starting that the process would probably feel quite awkward at first, what with your hands having to work out how to hold needles and a working strand of yarn, and a few stitches into it he was agreeing with me wholeheartedly. He was a little disappointed after three rows that it wasn't feeling less awkward. I assured him that comfort would come with more practice. But I think he was pretty impressed with himself (at least, I certainly hope he was). And even though he refers to his achievement as 'just the knit stitch - I don't know how to do anything yet, really', I beg to differ, and I'm quite proud of him, especially since he seems interested in continuing.
In blog news, I did some updating of my project archive this weekend. I'm including more details on each project page about the designer, pattern and pattern source. I haven't finished updating all the project pages yet with this new information, but it's coming. I also broke out the list of completed projects year-by-year and added dates. In doing all of this, I remembered quite a lot of other projects I'd done that I'd forgotten about, so a number of those have been added.
- NEW - I do shrug for moi
- The new Knitty is out and I took a peek. The 'I do' shrug by Jody Prival is gorgeous and I lovelovelove it. IT MUST BE MINE. I think some midnight blue silk I have would match the gauge.
- Vigdis tunic for moi
- Rats. I meant to take a picture of my progress on this, and forgot. Ah, well, next time. I'm now on the last pattern repeat before the neck shaping on the front.
- Snowdrop cloth for DH's aunt
- Fewer than five more snowdrops to work vertically before I hit the mid-point and can start decreasing. Woo! There are now five snowdrops broken out horizontally in the centre panel.
- Cabled sweater for baby MacDonald
- Bottom ribbing is complete, main body has begun. It's looking great so far.