I actually finished another knitting project. A cowl (found via Ravelry). This was my first attempt at knitting with circular needles. And I learned almost everything I needed to know from Youtube. Except when it was completely finished and tried to put it on my head. The binding was too tight to stretch over my head. When I casted off I had used the regular, old cast-off method and it resulted in a tight binding. It could fit my sweet little girl, but not her mama.
I fretted and fretted over this. I did not know what to do. I then thought I should place a 911 call to my knitting and bloggy friend, Amanda. Thank goodness that I did. She saved the show. And the cowl, too. She suggested I try a Russian cast-off and check Youtube. I did and came upon the elastic cast-off that I thought might work. Silly me. I thought a cast-off was a cast-off and they were created equally. Now I know.
Alas, this cowl is not without its own issues. I don't know what happened. It doesn't look like a slipped stitch to me because I could never locate the stitch. Maybe my tension was off? But there are some holes. I was afraid to take it apart. I was afraid it would just keep raveling away until it was completely gone. I think I can live with this mistake. It's not very noticeable.
It's so popular in my house that some boys have requested their own. And Miss Spenser is upset that I have reclaimed the cowl she thought was hers ...
4 mm circular needles
less than one skein of Patons Classic Wool in charcoal
elastic cast-off method
(It took a lot longer than the 1 1/2 hours the creator said it took her. It took that much time alone to pick out my old binding and correct the slipped stitches from said raveling.)