It's My Blogiversary!
To celebrate, I thought I'd share some photos of the very first project I ever knitted, a project which predates the blog by several years. Here it is:
It's a sampler scarf knit in three colors of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted, purchased from A Good Yarn in Brookline back when I first wanted to learn how to knit. I taught myself, using Melanie Falick's Kids Knitting (don't laugh--I still vouch for it as having one of the clearest "how to" sections for beginners). Instead of doing a simple swatch to start out, I decided to make a sampler scarf to try out a number of different stitch patterns.
The scarf's got stripes (both stockinette and garter stitch), garter stitch ridges, Fair Isle checks, a basketweave pattern, and even a cable. What did I learn from the project? On a very basic level, I learned how different stitch patterns "behave"--ribbing pulls in, stockinette curls, etc. Doing this project also gave me the confidence to move on to more challenging projects more quickly than, say, a garter stitch scarf would have. I also learned that I like variety, which is why I still make more hats and sweaters than scarves.
The scarf was knitted for P. shortly after he was born, and look--it still fits him!