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Half-finished scarf
Half-finished scarf
Half-finished scarf,
originally uploaded by valamelmeo.

The scarf I'm working on for my great-aunt's Christmas present, just after joining the second skein of yarn. I'll use this whole ball to finish the scarf, and use the 3rd skein to do the fringe.

You can't really tell how long it is because it's folded over.

Yarn is Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick in #214 Berkshires.

Picture taken in the office on top of a Thomas Kinkade desk calendar, in case you're wondering.
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dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 17.46 (UTC) (Link)
I'd consider learning how to knit, but what with the whole sewing and making clothes and stuff, I'm already coming dangerously close to becoming too gay for me to stomach.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 18.11 (UTC) (Link)
My dad sews and crochets, and he's straight! Okay, so he doesn't do those things for fun, but he knows how, and he's made things. (What he does do for fun is make custom bows, of the kind you shoot arrows and kill things with.)

Crochet might possibly make you feel less gay than knitting, plus it's easier to do in the round sort of way for making hats. But it seems to be harder to learn, or at least I remember having trouble with it when I was a kid. It took the input of both my parents and both my grandmothers to manage to teach it to me, and I'm still not very confident. On the other hand, about a year ago I randomly bought a book about knitting and picked it up in a couple of days. It helps that there is a standard knitting method (the continental method) that allows you to hold the yarn in your left hand; with crochet you either have to do it right-handed or mirror everything, which I've always found to be mind-bendingly difficult.
dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 18.21 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I actually think knitting might seem less gay than crochet only because, you know, crochet's French sounding. :P

But, I want to learn how to sew for real - and knitting or crocheting'd be a good skill to pick up too. Though, I don't know about things that are made outrageously difficult for our people by the right-handed fascists. Why can't they respet us!?!?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 18.37 (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to learn how to sew with a machine, but, you know, that requires a machine. And I don't have one. So for now I sew things by hand and try to minimize the suck as much as I can. I guess I can say things I make have character. ^_~

No really, knitting is easy if you have enough hand-eye coordination to play video games. I was put off it for awhile because my left-handed grandmother (not surprisingly, the one who was the most helpful in teaching me how to crochet) said that while she had learned to crochet by sitting across from someone right-handed and doing what they did, she'd tried to do the same thing with knitting and couldn't. Of course, now I know why it didn't work, now that I know how to knit, but I was intimidated for a long time.

In crochet you really only use one hand, and work either around or back and forth. If you're left-handed, you'll end up going the opposite direction around and some things will end up being inside-out because of that. In knitting you use both hands, and the biggest difference between the two primary methods is which hand holds the yarn (thus controlling the tension). Either method will result in the same finished product. It was when I figured out that I wouldn't have to seek out special instructions or mirror existing ones (which I've always found extremely confusing) that I decided to learn to knit. Plus there was a cheap kit that included some needles and a book and some other stuff for about $15.
heyjana From: heyjana Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 19.46 (UTC) (Link)
I like the colors!
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 20.42 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I saw it and had to get it, because of the colors. I didn't even know what I was going to use it for until a couple weeks ago.