For a complete novice, I think it turned out remarkably well.
Certainly not perfect, but pretty darned acceptable. Yuk, Yuk.
And from a distance... well, you can still see it, but it's really not too bad:
|Please ignore the shadow of my hand taking the picture...|
Thanks so much to everyone who offered advice. I found several tutorials online as well, the most helpful of which was this one by Martha Stewart.
I'm not entirely sure that I got all of the "loops" because the original yarn was pretty darned microscopic. (Enough with the darning jokes already!) I had to wear magnifying glasses and it was still pretty hard to keep my rows and columns going straight.
In truth, the hardest part was matching the color of the yarn. I couldn't find any actual wool that was anywhere close, so I went with thread, which, unfortunately has a bit of a sheen, so in certain lighting it does show a bit, but I'm still quite pleased with my efforts.
I think I did get a tad bit of cat fur woven into the darn, but oh well... such is life!
So now, I think I can finally replace the song that's been running through my head: "There's a hole in the sweater, dear Liza, dear Liza..."
Since I've been trying to spend less time staring at my various screens, this song seems like perhaps it should take over the spot in my mental radio. Though, I think these days you'd have to blow up much more than just the TV and paper! Enjoy!