Wednesday, July 20, 2005

YA Would Have A Lot Of Members

What is it about knitting? How could something (let's face it) so tedius suck you in so fast and so far? If there were a Yarnaholics Annonymous their membership would be huge. Imagine the Yarn Interventions that would be happening around the country.

The Intervention Police: "You, Miss, have entirely too much yarn. Just look at those closets -- they're bursting at the seams. And what's that in your trunk? Spare yarn? You use your trunk as a yarn storage device? Oh yes, you must come with us. Immediately. We can help wean you off this addiction."

Yarnaholics Everywhere: "But wait! I can't go with you now. I have yarn auctions closing on Ebay in 2 hours that I must bid on. I have a sweater to finish. That poncho -- it must be done by August. And what about my Kitty Pi?????"

Since I've learned how to knit (5 months ago), 3 of my friends have also learned how to knit. And each and every one of them are as obsessed and as sucked in as I am. And that's not counting the friends who already knew how to knit. They're as nutty as the rest of us.

My friend Marissa taught herself how to knit about 3 weeks ago. In addition, she also launched her own knitting blog. Granted, getting uncerimoniously dumped by her I'm-not-sure-I'm-that-into-you-whimpy-boyfriend certainly helped free up some of her time -- but she's passing up dates to knit!

She came over my house on Sunday with some knitting questions. She was struggling to find a project for her Rowan Biggy Wool yarn. So I fiddled around with some stiches, combined a few things from various pattern books, and came up with a scarf pattern for her wool.

The next day she wore it to work.

Yes. Wore it to work. She worked on it that evening, took pictures of her pets modeling the scarf, and then wore it to work. (So what if it was 85 degrees out? It was her first completed scarf!)

It came out quite nice, too.

She posted our pattern on her blog -- which you can also check out. (How nice of her to use my F-Factor rating system.)

Yes. Another Yarn Freak has been born! Welcome to the club, Marissa.


Valerie said...

oh man, I have a scarf to do too, but I"m so NOT good at this. I love hers. and if I understood what "Next Row: k2 *yo, k2tog* 6 times, k2" was, I might try to do it. :(

stacyo said...

anything in between the *s is repeated as many times as it says to repeat after the last *.

so in this instance, you would knit two stitches (K2), then yarn over (YO), knit 2 together (K2tog). then repeat the YO, K2tog again six times. After those six times, you will be left with 2 stitches on the needle -- knit those (K2). Turn and start the next row as directed in the pattern, which in this case is a purl row.

hope that helps!

Queenie said...

true addiction story: i used to buy shoes. now, i buy yarn. and every day i wander down the street in beat-up shoes and a handknit sweater and daydream about things that haven't been knit yet. help me.

Erin said...

So wait, there are a ton of people out there who are addicted to 'yarnahol'? ;)