Since it is a leap year, I decided to take a leap of faith and to finish my first knitting project! It turned out to be quite an enjoyable evening, spending my time knitting while watching a movie. I decided to finish my first knitting project today since yesterday I put in 2 hours and today I put in roughly around 3 hours. Knitting is very time consuming and it takes a lot of time before you can start to see results. After knitting for 2 hours straight and barely seeing results makes me very frustrated! I decided today was the day that I was going to finish it and start a new knitting project.


“Barbie Blanket”

As you can see, there are definitely some flaws in this piece, but overall it is very sturdy and there are not too many holes in it! I am very proud of what I have accomplished and I am more than excited to start a new knitting project!

Above is a short video of what my finished knitting project looks like and a few comments about my journey doing this first project.

I watched a  video to help me figure out how to knit; how to start, how to do the in-between, and how to finish. This video was very helpful since it showed everything step by step and demonstrated how to do it slowly, and quickly. The part I found to be the most frustrating was the Cast-Off. I messed up twice doing the cast off and it is evident in my “blanket”. I had to be very precise and very patient when it came to cast-off and once I got the hang of it I started to go too fast and then I messed up. Knitting is something that takes time and patience, and it is really helping me become more patient.

One thing the video never told me was what I am supposed to do with the two strings on both ends of the “blanket”. I found an article on WikiHow which stated to just simply tie a knot and trim off any remaining string. I am a little hesitant to do that, since I do not want my knitting project to unravel. I tied several knots in both ends, but I am still nervous as to whether I should trim the ends or not. If any of you have any thoughts or ideas as to whether trimming the strings is a good/bad idea, please let me know!