Chunky Knitted Snood Action

Finished Purple Knitted Snood

I did it! Say hello to my first ever knitted creation! After much unravelling, swearing at the knitting needles and wrestling the yarn from the cat (true story), it’s DONE.

It wouldn’t be a first-ever knitting project if it didn’t have its flaws mind you. The yarn I bought specifically said it was enough for a chunky snood, so I just kept knitting until I ran out of wool and sewed a seam at the back.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeese

The only problem is, it’s a bit of an awkward length – not quite cosying up to my neck like Karen’s but also not nearly long enough to wrap around twice as hoped. Oops! Never mind though – at least this way I can layer it up with an extra snood or a scarf if it’s bitterly cold.

That’s my last project of 2011 right there! It’s hardly inspirational like the ones a few of you have been sending me, but I’m happy enough. New skills ahoy!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting up the inspirational makes I’ve been sent – there’s still a bit of time left for you to send a couple in, so get to it!

One row forwards, two rows back – my first time knitting

knitting needles Weapons of choice: er… knitting needles?

Knitting’s one of those skills I’ve always wanted to master. When I used to commute from Swansea to work in Cardiff, I’d always spot a knitter or two on the train and the green eyed monster would pop out. If only my sewing machine were more transportable, I’d think, then I could be a crafting commuter too!

Well, enough is enough. If anything, it was Karen’s sensational snood which set me off – truthfully, three things about her awfully comfy looking snood:

knitting tache!

You can consider me well and  truly on the snood bandwagon. Yes siree.

It was a close call though. For the past three days, I’ve driven the knitting expert in my house (my Mum) to near madness with my utter inability to get to grips with two knitting needles and some chunky yarn. Every five minutes, I’d wander to the living room, a skipped stitch or two in hand and plead for her to fix it.

“I swear, it’s like one row forwards and two rows back for you!” she said, undoing my mess and making sure my knits and purls were in the right places. Oops.

Instead of following the Guardian pattern, I’m trying to make a snood which is thinner but longer in length so I can wrap it around my neck and hide in it when people are looking for me. Foolproof!

I think she’s got it!

For once, this is a skill I’m learning the old fashioned way – it makes a nice change learning from an actual person than from a Youtube video. Saying this, I know plenty of you have learnt online – got any recommendations? Or should I just stick to annoying my Mum?

I’ve heard some good things about Ravelry – are any of you on there already?