Sunday, July 20, 2008

Help Me Bloggy Knitters!

My new job required I learn a new skill. Knitting. Last year about this time I attempted knitting via internet and book instruction, using a very feathery yarn. Foolish me. A friend finished the scarf for me and it's become my favorite. Then I picked up a pretty lavender homespun to make myself another scarf. I think I knitted about three whole rows. Not fun.

Coming into my new job I found that most of the girls knit. And the nurses. A
nd techs. No clue why. Girls sit in the evening with entire blankets in their laps, working on them. So I brought my homespun and wound up taking it apart. Then starting over. Check it out.



Pretty color, yes? That's most of one skein of yarn. Of which I bought two. And it's supposed to be a scarf. When the other tech at work showed me how to cast on, I just cast on till the needle was full (I was talking, too - don't talk and cast on at the same time).

So should I take this bad boy apart and start over? Wait! Before you answer, let me show you what it's full of:



Holes! It's full of holes! The girls at work would be pretty upset if I took this apart. Something about it being my first piece and just keep going till it's finished. But it's full of HOLES. And it's barely going to go around my neck. How frustrating. But I suppose they're right. So what should I do?

The color of this - thing - is what I really want on the dining room wall. It's lovely. Maybe a tad too blue. But I took a different picture of the wall for y'al
l, at a different time of day, from the living room so you could see how the colors complement. I loved your opinions and thought it only fair to give you a different shot of this.



And here, a little farther out:



I think the colors work pretty well together, but it may be a tad dark. I love the depth of it. And the bottom would most likely be a white beadboard. Well, I'm rethinking that. I don't know. Definitely beadboard.The Hunny and I have been discussing a gold or macaroni and cheese yellow on the other walls, but I don't think it will work with the red brown of the living room. Ew. We talked about it while in a different location. Rethinking that too. I DON'T KNOW.

Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!

Until I write again ...

Flea

20 comments:

noble pig said...

I actually like it.

TSannie said...

If my required new skill was to learn to knit for my new job, I would be forced to find a newer job! ;-)
My mom tried to teach me and finally she gave up and went screaming into the night after telling me there should be a law against my ever picking up knitting needles again. Then I tried to crochet a scarf because "it's SO easy!" Right, I dropped a stitch in each row and ended up with a pie shaped wedge. Bah! I hate handwork - (well, except needlepoint)
I love that blue wall color - it will look smashing with white trim!

Karen said...

I need to learn to knit. It seems that I'm the only fool not knitting these days.

Love that color! Looks almost like our bedroom.

Trisha said...

Love, love, love the color. It actually reminds me of my music room - the upper part of the wall is a cream color and the lower part if a nice periwinkle blue colore with white picture frame molding. I love it. I think the blue you have on your wall would work well with the white wainscotting.

As for the knitting - if you are knitting a rectangle (even if it has holes in it) why don't you make it into a bag for your knitting by sewing up the sides (once you are finished knitting it of course)? That way you get to use that beautiful color everyday AND you keep the first thing you knit.

Tammy said...

That is a gorgeous color and it looks great on the wall! I like the idea of making it into a bag. Keep it, it's your first project!

Colleen said...

I pulled my first knitting project apart several times before I got my stitches more regular and caught the dropped ones sooner. I learned from a couple of books and verigated yarn (that actually helped me see my errors sooner).

But making it into a bag isn't a bad idea, either, especially if you and the girls are opposed to unraveling it all. :)

that reminds me, I still ahve a blanket I started for Cooper well before he was born...maybe I might finish it before he's in high school...

Candace said...

I love the wall. It goes very well with the next room. The mustard/cheese/whatever colors and red/brown, well, I need a picture or two ;) I am a perfectionist so I would be unraveling and stressing until it was perfect. However, I do not knit and do not wish to start such an adventure that would surely exasperate me.

April said...

The blue on the walls is pretty~! I like it!

That is too funny about the scarf, my first scarf was full of holes too and weird little indentions. LOL I've probably knitted about ten scarves but I still feel like i SUCK at it.

zobabe said...

1. I can't knit. Nor do I want to. Not enough patience. Heh.

2. Pretty colors!

3. Mac n cheese belongs in mah belly, not on a wall. LOL

4. Like the bag idea.

5. I want a night job. I'm such an owl. I think you are really kewl for doing this particular job. Brave, pretty, and earning stars in your crown.

Beth said...

Wow! That is quite good. I'd like to learn to knit.

Mental P Mama said...

I have tried to knit at least ten times during my life. I have given up. Love the color! I always love different colors...we should do a show and tell of all our colors in our houses...

Karen Deborah said...

I like it. I can't knit but I can crochet. It seems so much easier to me. I do the sam thing you do, holes, add stitiches, drop stitches, just can't see or maybe it's an ADD thing. Getting distracted with those needles or something.
The blue is pretty.

Karen Deborah said...

ps if you think it's too dark mix the sample into a can of white, it might be just right.
umm and nights mess you up. Switching back and forth will do you in. Most people that work nights try to stay on that schedule. Maybe you can do a couple of 16's and one 8. Get it all in in a few days. You guys have time to sit down and knit? holy cow!!!!!!

Mighty said...

Good luck with the knitting. I suck at knitting. Suck.
I love the brown you have, I have the same color in my bedroom. The blue is a lovely complement, but I would stick to just 2 colors. and I would put the brown on the walls that can be seen from the red living room.
Good luck!

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

My mother can knit and crochet beautifully, I can crochet much better than knit, the last thing I crocheted was a halter top and that was in 1976 lmao. I start projects and then get diverted to other projects.
Love the colors together

imbeingheldhostage said...

There are people who knit, people who paint, people who write and people who raise famous ceramic cows. You can't be everything. :-)

Love the colour!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Knitting? Uh ... hmmmm. Well, if you ever need help reading a poem in Middle English or writing a Sonnet. I'm your gal. ; )

Coffee Bean said...

Love the blue on the wall!

Knitting... don't do it. Would probably spend more time figuring out alternative uses for the needles. Possibly some sort of torture... hey, I should get some!

Poltzie said...

Oh, I really like your holey scarf! I would love to help but have no idea about knitting or decorating - sorry! But if you ever want to know how to make a really good waffle, I'm your girl!

Tanya Brown said...

Catching up on posts here ... where did the week go?

I love the colors, both the yarn and the wall.

The holes in the scarf add character, much like patina on wood floors or furniture. Remember when people were selling furniture that was "pre-distressed"? Jeans with holes abraded in them? Well, there you go - you have high fashion at a budget price.