Here are the beginnings of my humble ‘Neapolitan scarf’. It’s modelled on my first-ever knitting project, a basic garter-stitch scarf, cast on when I was living in Berlin ten years ago. I swear I found the instructions on Purl Soho, although an exhaustive search hasn’t thrown up the original post. Back then, my command of German wasn’t good, so I ordered wool all the way from New York. Don’t worry, I’ve learnt to be much more resourceful since then!
For version 2.0, I went to Maker Maker Shop on Lygon Street in East Brunswick. I purchased three skeins of Cascade 220, a worsted-weight Peruvian highland wool which comes in a wide range of colours. Maker Maker is a welcoming place stocking lots of interesting yarns at reasonable prices, many of them small batch and sustainable. There’s a large table for gatherings and classes and friendly folk at the register who’ll wind your skeins into balls of yarn and help name your project based on your colour choices.
I could write screeds about my relationship to knitting, but I won’t. :) I’m an evergreen beginner, preferring basic projects such as beanies, scarves and lap blankets in basic stitches like garter and stockinette. Any time I try something fancy it quickly gets frogged! I love holding yarn in my hands, making something from string and learning to keep patiently stitching without ripping it all out. Although I’m seemingly having to learn the same lessons over and over.