This month’s Love the Moment Challenge is all about thinking a little differently. One way to do this is to pretend you’re an expert at something. It’s not a silly as it sounds. You see, every Winter, I knit a scarf. I can’t knit anything else, but I get a lot of satisfaction from making something with my own hands. Here’s my progress so far.
This venture has challenged me to think about life and and how I live it with my family. This is what I’m pondering:
If you want to knit a scarf and are not sure how, let the blind (me) lead the blind (you)…and if you are a knitter, just don’t read any further because I’m probably doing it all wrong. HA!
How to Knit a Scarf
Wool: You can use any wool you like but if you’re a novice like me, I (very strongly) recommend feather wool because mistakes are hard to see. Thick wool can be easy to use too; ideal for children.
Needles: I use 5 mm needles for feather wool.
How much wool: 4-6 rolls
How many stitches to cast on: It really depends on how wide you want the scarf and what wool you are using. When you cast on, stretch the stitches out so you have an idea of how wide it will be. I’m knitting a child’s scarf and it’s 25 stitches across. For an adult scarf, you would probably to 35 stitches.
1. Cast on
Cast on with these simple instructions: Casting On Knitting Video Tutorial.
Knit using the basic knitting stitch: Basic Knitting Stitch Video Tutorial.
Knit until you have the desired length of scarf and then cast off: Cast Off Knitting Video Tutorial
While I’m in knitting mode, I’m teaching my kids how to French Knit.
How to French Knit
1. Tape 4 paddle pop sticks evenly spaced around a toilet roll.
2. Feed the wool inside toilet roll and allow approximately 20cm hanging out the bottom of the roll.
3. Cast on by twirling the wool around a paddle pop stick twice in a clockwise direction.
4. Move to the next paddle-pop stick and repeat, this time in an anti-clockwise. Repeat until you have completed the last paddle pop stick.
5. Lift the bottom piece of wool over the upper piece of wool and then carefully up over the paddle pop stick (leaving the top piece of wool on the stick). Repeat on all four paddle pop sticks.
6. Using your wool, wind around the top of the paddle-pop stick and continue to lift the bottom piece of wool over the wool and up over the paddle pop stick.
7. Use the wool hanging out the bottom to tighten the project.
8. Once your project is the desired length, cut the string off the ball of wool and feed through the loops that are left when you lift the wool from the paddle pop sticks. Tie in a knot at the end and the project is done!
I adore this picture of my two girls french knitting on the trampoline. This is not posed shot; I was just watching them. Gorgeous.
Are you going to pretend to be an expert at something this month? This is my attempt. If you’re as
crazy deluded game as I am, I’d love to hear about it.
Can you link an activity you’re doing with a variation with your kids?
Living life together: it’s what family is all about.
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