I love this group, Mary. I'm so glad you are feeling more confident as a knitter. I have learned there are somethings I've been doing wrong for years, i.e. ssk and other things that I was never successful with I can now do properly, i.e. provisional cast on. I've learned tons of new methods.
I wasn't intending to join this, but I've just completed an "experiment" which turned out SOOOO well that I had to share it!
I tend to buy a skein or two of an attractive new yarn on the assumption that it'll come in handy for something and, with Knit Picks, I won't break the bank. When I saw Stroll, I had to get some so I bought a skein of Teatime (brown mix, basically) and started playing with it; I started a pattern stitch I found on the Red Scarf Project with size 5 needles(makes the finished item drape nicely) and have just finished a fantastic scarf " by 55"....out of one skein of yarn!!! You can't beat that! I did take two weeks, more or less, but that wasn't continuous. It's turned out fairly unisex, but the design works equally well for women and men, and my next pick will be more feminine....when I've made a slight dent in my humungous stash!
The pattern I ended with... 60 stitches; Row 1; Knit 3, purl 3, repeat to end; Row 2; Knit 1, purl1; repeat to end.Couldn't be simpler, reversible, sort of rib but not quite! Alma Hamilton
I just ordered the materials for Lumpy, Rosie and Slim! It's been awhile since I've picked up my needles so I hope I can still manage to remember how! I just love snowmen and they took my eye as soon as I saw them.
I had thought to use this idea for something additional for my tween and teenage nieces and nephews. The seed stitch bracelets from More Last Minute Gifts looked to be a great idea for those pickiest of people. I did make a test bracelet and wore it around for a few weeks to see how it held up. It did great! If I have time or am looking for something mindless I may make a few for friends.