Knitting with EXTRA YARN

by Erynn

I once tried to knit. It was a fail. You can’t really tell, but there are all sorts of mistakes going on in just these few rows pictured.

It’s a lot harder than it looks! Especially since the whole process begins with maybe one of the most difficult parts: casting on. I mean really, I had to practice it at least 10 times and this picture still doesn’t make any sense:

  photo by Brian Sawyer

I’m sure once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad.  Maybe one day I’ll try again. Especially since knitting’s always seemed so cozy. And this book, EXTRA YARN, makes another convincing case that knitting can be awesome.

In this gorgeously illustrated book a little girl finds a box of yarn. She knits herself a soft, warm, and colorful sweater, then realizes that there’s more yarn left. She outfits everyone and everything in town, yet her box remains full. She goes on a knitting spree (which reminded me of this latest yarn bombing craze) until a bad man comes and tries to take her yarn away. To find out what happens, you’ll just have to pick up a copy. It really is a fun and cozy read.

Some cool stores that sell EXTRA YARN:

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a non-profit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York

Isabean Children’s Boutique in Burlington, VT

Gum Tree, a Home and Gift Shop in Hermosa Beach, CA

Monkey’s Tale, a children’s clothing and gift store in Prairie Du Chien, WI

Do you knit? Does it get easier with time and should I give it another shot? 

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One thought on “Knitting with EXTRA YARN

  1. There are much easier ways of casting on that that picture diagram. Google a video, they make it easier to understand. I hope one day you can knit with ease :]

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