I’m all set. I finally found where I put my “Stitch ‘N Bitch” book – right on the bookcase where I could easily find it, and then couldn’t find it for 2 weeks. (It was by the CDs, the only book there, and sort of hidden behind the side of the bookcase, and Mike couldn’t find it either when I enlisted his help.)
While my SnB book was missing, I found a copy of “Knit Wit” at the store and picked it up – only to discover that it focuses on the Throw Method. Great. Conflicting instructions. Oh well, everyone says to try both and one will just feel more “right” than the other. Plus there are some cute patterns in the Knit Wit book.
I have knitting needles. They were on sale at Hobby Lobby this week for 40% off, so I have needles in aluminum, plastic and bamboo. May as well cover all my bases, right? Especially at 40% off! I picked up both a size 10 US and a size 8 US, just to have a little variety.
I have yarn. Nice, basic, worsted weight yarn. Nothing fancy about it at all – it’s the cheap stuff ($1.99 for a giant skien, on sale) so that when I screw things up and just want to pitch them I don’t have to feel bad about it.
I have three episodes of Knitty Gritty saved on the TiVo. Their first episode goes over, slowly and clearly, how to do the basic knit stitch. They even have the KnittyCam, where they show the work from the angle of the knitter – which was a huge help. It was good to be able to see it from that view, see how it works up. They had the author of “The Knitter’s Companion” on the show giving instructions, and I found that book on clearance at Hobby Lobby, so I picked up a copy.
Yep, I think I’m all set. I’m ready to knit.
But just to be safe, last but not least, I found a book on clearance that has complete details on how to convert a knitting pattern to a crochet pattern! (Called “From Needles to Hook: Complete Guide to Converting Knit Patterns to Crochet“) So if I never learn to knit, I can still make cute stuff! Because somewhere deep down I’m convinced I’ll never be able to knit. I really, really, really want to know how to knit, but will I be able to? Not so sure. I’m going to give it a try though, and I hope I can do it!