Not Even Close

Every few years I decide to take up knitting again. I knit a few scarves and then move on to another hobby. This year I decided to take a class. (I love taking classes!)

As most of us in the beginning class knew a little something about knitting already, we each decided to make a cowl. Here’s how it goes: Cast on 70 stitches. Join. Knit while the working yarn is thin; purl when the working yarn is thick. Bind off.

How hard can it be?

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Here’s what I ended up with.

Cowl in progress. Looking okay.

Cowl in progress. Looking okay.

Finished cowl. Not so sure about it now.

Finished cowl. Not so sure about it now.

I was so proud of myself for finishing the cowl before the second class, that is, until I showed my work to the instructor. She was very nice; one of those who murmurs, “Well, isn’t that interesting.”

One problem I had is that I didn’t know what it was supposed to look like. Somehow the instructor hadn’t shown us the shop sample in the first class. Oh.

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Shop sample. Mine doesn’t look anything like it.

a-not-the-same-cowl-s

Where did I go wrong? Probably in more than one place, from the looks of it. I bought another skein of yarn and tried it again.

My second effort. Same yarn in a different colorway.

My second effort.

Here are both cowls, the first effort on top. I’m not sure what to do with the first one. It’s too short to be a hula skirt.

 

2 thoughts on “Not Even Close

  1. “if at first…” I love it! I tried knitting, but in a very short time the stitches were so tight I couldn’t move them on the needle. I decided I was too tense, so I switched to crochet, which seemed to work better — probably because the stitches didn’t stay on the needle. But now I have trouble because the humidity makes the yarn stick to my skin which is irritating. I keep trying to find some simple craft I can do (meaning not needing a lot of space or equipment) that will relax me, not make me worse!

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