I picked up Knitty Gritty as someone recommended it as a good beginner book. Here are some of the projects I attempted from it.
Here is the most simple knitted project you can make: A simple garter knit scarf! You can tell (well, I can anyway) that I made this when I was still really sick, I look so pale and tired. Hooray for not feeling terrible all the time anymore!
|It's so soft and squishy, merino cashmere wool!|
Some little knitted round shapes for brooches- I gave these to my Mother :) I added the little felt leaves and button bits, they aren't in the book.
I tried two other projects that didn't work out- one was just average, and the other was a disaster!
First the "meh" project, some simple fingerless gloves- I thought they looked a bit "home-made" and overly simple.. I only made one.
And oh ho ho... the biggest disaster ever... my cabled knitted bag. So guys, this is what happens when you get a bunch of scrap yarn in different weights, and try to make them work together while making mistakes such as trying to knit it all on the same size needles (resulting in a speed of one stitch an hour making stitches in a bulky yarn on a small needle- this results in a lovely brick-like hard knitting surface, and sore hands). The theme of this project is "what was I thinking???" Haha, I can't believe I kept on going as long as I did. Then my various colours of scrap yarns started running out. I finally had to give up- I'm so glad the yarn ran out because if they didn't, I might have completed this abomination!
Are you ready? Okay, now I've hyped it too much, you probably can't tell from the photos its true hideousness- but trust me, it is. Hahaha!
It's supposed to have straps at the top and be sewn up the sides- but I didn't get that far.
|Like my obnoxious colour combination?|
|Here you can see the true horror of its form!|
And one more picture, just so you can picture what the end result would have been:
|Yep, that was going to be a strap!|
And that's what beginner projects are sometimes like! It does feel good to laugh at it though!
Well, I'm looking forward to trying out some more knits in the future, hopefully more complex ones too! I have my eye on some projects on Ravelry. Oh, and you can see all my projects on Ravelry here if you are interested in the details.
So if anyone have any great knits to recommend, or have your own 'fugly bag' experience to show, let me know!