These are the books I mentioned in the previous post. I found them at Half Price Books. I was not sure which book would be best to learn from, and shopping there allowed me to purchase several books for the same amount of money.
So far I have been going through Knitting Pretty. The projects included inside were more appealing to me than Learn To Knit. Some of the more advanced projects in there caught my eye, so I will likely be revisiting it in the future. The same goes for Punk Knits. Very cool looking designs that are way above my current skill level.
I had been trying to figure out which knitting needles would be best to purchase next. Several of the designs I would like to attempt require circular needles. Those go for almost $10 a pop. They are two small needles connected by a cord. That means a new one is required depending on what needle thickness and cord length are called for. All of those options add up to a big cost.
While researching options on the internet, I discovered the Denise interchangeable knitting needle set. It includes a wide range of needle thicknesses and separate cords. You simply grab whatever length cord your project needs and connect it to the right needles. At $50 it cost a bit more upfront, but this set should save me a lot in the long run.
I visited a local yarn shop on Friday to purchase one of these sets. A couple needles and a cord are missing in the photograph of my new set. They are being used on a hat I am using to learn circular needle knitting techniques.
We also received a coupon in the mail for 25% off an entire purchase at Michael’s. Terri and I stopped by this afternoon to pick out some new yarn. My first real project will be a scarf for Terri. Then I will tackle a matching hat and scarf for myself. This amount of yarn should keep me occupied for a little while.