Hi, I’m Trish, and I’m really new.
My mother and grandmother crocheted (I still have the afghan my grandmother crocheted for me when I was tiny) but I prefer knitting. I’ve played around with it on and off over the years, but never finished anything. Actually, I can’t say that anymore. My first finished project was a 1-ball scarf knitted in a 2x2 rib using Bernat’s Alpaca blend. It was for my mother-in-law for Christmas, finished in two days (in secret) at her house after she mentioned she couldn’t find a nice scarf on the 21st of December. Um, did I mention I tend to be ambitious? I re-taught myself how to knit for that one, and I got a little bit hooked.
Right now I’m working on a simple afghan - trying to avoid getting too complicated too fast. It’s one of Lion Brand’s free patterns - 35 squares of two colors in a garter stitch using their Homespun yarn, then sewn together in a pattern. I’ve gotten the hang of working with a yarn that loosely spun (I think it’s really helping with tension and gauge issues - I can’t pull it too tight or I start splitting the strand with the needles) but there’s one thing that’s driving me up a wall.
I knit Continental style (at least I think I do) where my left hand controls the yarn and my right hand moves the needles. I don’t know if it’s that, or if it’s the garter stitch that is winding the yarn tighter and tighter, but every couple of rows I have to unwind the length between the ball and the needles so it will quit knotting up.
Am I making any sense? I figured I’d ask, since I’m getting close to done with the first square, and I can implement any suggestions with the next square. TYIA!