Second Chances

I have just re-learned how to knit, having made nothing since the ghastly scarflike object I made at age 8 and then bootees for three newborn relatives at wide intervals over the next couple of decades. I’d bought some hand-knitted socks and I love them so much I want to make myself some more, so in the last week I’ve been learning the magic loop method and making a pair of toe-up heelless spiral ribbed socks which I’m extremely excited about. Yay me!

Having used up that wool, though, I’m keen to keep knitting. I’m staying with my mother-in-law for a week and she no longer knits, so she gave me her leftover wool to do what I like with. However everything she had was acrylic and I’m somewhat rabid about only wearing natural fibers, especially on my feet, so socks are out. Now I need to find some patterns for non-wearable items I can make out of the acrylic.

Maybe tea coasters or, I don’t know, iPod cozies and things? Something fast and fun.

I don’t know much about wool weights (DK, 8-ply, worsted… it’s all Greek to me) and there are no labels on the balls, but it looks fairly thick. My only available needle is a 3.5mm circular so I hope it’ll work for what I have to knit with.

I’m at pretty basic skill level: I can knit, purl, increase, decrease, and look up stitches on Youtube.

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