our trip across the country i decided to teach myself to knit, never knowing it would turn into one of my favorite hobbies. as i worked through a baby blanket and knit & lost motivation on another blanket, i decided to take a break and focus on smaller projects. something super-simple and super-gratifying.
lion's brand wool from hobby lobby and size 11 circular needles. i cast on about 100 stitches and once i was ready to knit, knit a pattern of 3 garter stitches followed by 3 purl stitches all the way around. my sister taught me how to purl, and i'm so glad she did. i love the variety of stitches in the finished project. plus all the counting and focus was a bit more entertaining for me.
this took me about 3 days to pull together. my first attempts at joining the ends were rather embarrassing so i had to pull this project apart a couple times. then, once i figured it out, i realized my cowl was twisted, so about half way in, i ripped it apart to start once again. oh well, i'm looking at it as great practice.
note: basically, i've taught myself to knit thanks to this youtube subscription. she does an excellent job explaining each of the steps and provides some great problem-solving techniques as well.