I spent the afternoon and evening with my best friend, who happens to be an avid crocheter and is completely thrilled that I'm attempting a yarn craft. So, of course, I worked on knitting while she crocheted and we chatted and watched a few episodes of Doctor Who and such. Which led me to this....
I'm thinking that my best bet would be to try decreasing the amount of stitches some after the ribbing--these are meant to be long fingerless gloves, and the ribbing is a pretty good circumference for my forearm (despite the fact that I also realized I was supposed to do the ribbing one needle size down. Oops.) So I don't want to decrease the overall number of stitches right from the beginning.
Any thoughts from the knitters who might be reading this?
On the plus side, I have figured a couple of things out with this:
- I now know how to actually get the double-pointed needles to work. At least, once it's started.
- I also know I can make ribbing without too many headaches.
- I think I've figured that I like working with bamboo needles a lot more than I like aluminum ones. I tried both this afternoon, and the stitches just slide off of the metal far too easily, which meant I kept dropping lots of stitches. I was having the same problem with the single-pointed needles, and ended up using the bamboo for almost the entire scarf and the entire dishcloth. So that's good to know, right?
- And I know I like the way this yarn looks knitted up!