30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 1

Hi All!

Since I’m not currently knitting, I’ve decided to participate in a 30 Day Knitting Challenge, where I answer a prompted question each day about my knitting journey. Please know that everything that I post with a picture may have been posted before. These are not new projects. So, let’s start with the very first question!

What was your first finished project?

My very first finished knitting project was a garter stitch scarf (not that I knew that’s what the stitch was called) for my Mom knitted in 2011. I had purchased two skeins of this yarn (Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick Solid in the color Purple from WalMart) and brought it to the nursing home to show my Mom. My Mom loved the softness of the chenille and I wanted to try something new. Up to this point, I had only crocheted.

I didn’t follow a pattern. I just cast on however many stitches I thought it should be wide and kept knitting until I ran out of yarn. It was too wide and not long enough once I got to the end of the second skein and I didn’t want to start over. I was absolutely freaked out that I had knit two skeins of yarn and it wasn’t long enough!

I had purchased the yarn while I was in Indiana and didn’t finish the project there. I searched and searched for more yarn in Florida and couldn’t find it. Who knew that the yarn would be discontinued and I couldn’t get anymore? So, I bound off and sent it on it’s merry way. My Mom loved it because it was her favorite color, super soft and I made it for her. It was also really warm folded in half and fit under her winter coat perfectly.

After I finished the scarf, I decided I didn’t like knitting (I couldn’t figure out how to purl) and went back to crochet. The chenille also made it difficult to see the stitches and may have contributed to my disenchantment; however it covered up a multitude of sins.

FO – Pic taken before mailing to my Mom

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Normally, you know that Thursdays are all about the socks. With that in mind, I will link you to our merry band of sock knitters.

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Hopefully, I will be back to knitting soon! I’m resting / icing my wrist and elbow and although the progress is slow, I can feel a difference.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Maggienesium says:

    How did I not know you started off with crochet as well?!
    Purling held me back too – is that a crocheter thing? Clearly it didn’t stop you from making that amazing scarf 😀

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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about it on my blog 🙂 Or maybe I did while you were away. I started crocheting when I was 8 years old and it stuck with me through my whole life. However, knitting has inspired me like no other hobby has. That scarf was made using the knit stitch only, back and forth on size US 10 straight knitting needles 😀 Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about it? The straight needles? That thing was so heavy by the time I got to the end, I thought my arms were going to fall off…LOL

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      1. Maggienesium says:

        That about when I learned to crochet! I hardly think you minded the weight if you’re used to crocheting- those projects are beasts when it comes to heavy 🙂


  2. I love hearing about people’s knitting history — glad you’re going to be sharing! I’m heading over to do my sock post now 😀 Glad you’re feeling a difference in the wrist and elbow!

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    1. Thank you Katherine! It should be fun 🙂 I look forward to reading your post!


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