I have decided to take up knitting. It has proven to be a comical journey to this point.
Lesson Learned #1: I CAN cast on like the method described in the book.
And I must say they look nice and even and consistent. I had no idea I could do it!
Lesson Learned #2: There are different lengths of circular needles.
I had my 49 stitches cast on as described in the pattern I chose. The pattern said you could cast on extra stitches as long as you kept it to an odd number so that the pattern would be effective. So I kept casting on because I couldn't reach one needle with the other (a circular needle is two knitting needles joined together by a thin plastic cable, so that you can knit in the round). After a while of still not being able to reach the other needle, I set my work down and read the book more carefully. Well, it so happens there are 13" needles (the size called for in the pattern), but they come in different lengths (which I didn't come to until the comments section of the pattern). I needed a 16" needle and I had bought a 29" needle. Oops! I got the correct length needle and yes, it does make a huge difference.
The good thing is that I think I can just transfer the cast on stitches by sliding them carefully off one needle and onto the other, then undoing the extra stitches I had cast on in order to get back to 49. Oh well, it's a learning process, right? I just hope wool roving yarn is forgiving enough to not lose its shape.
I am planning to share my knitting victories and defeats with you on this blog, so I hope to have something more to share with you soon!