Sunday, January 16, 2011
I spent my Saturday evening with a small group of friends. Our reason for getting together? Learning to knit.
First off, my hat goes off to all of you accomplished knitters out there. I admire you. Greatly. My husband took one look at my project and said "that is a lot of work". Yes, yes it is. I am just wondering if all of you are as addicted to this as I feel like I may become? After I got home I couldn't stop working on my project. My first project: a pink variegated scarf for my young daughter.
She taught us how to cast on and the knit stitch. Our assignment: to continue making our rows until the scarf is the length we want it to be, and when we meet with her again in two weeks she will teach us how to cast off and the purl stitch.
The first thing I learned: my first project WON'T be perfect. I finally decided, after multiple times of pulling out all my stitches and beginning again, that I would be better off to just do my best, correct mistakes when I could, and just finish the project. The only way to build a skill is to work on it.
My daughter was excited for me to get to learn to knit. She is very sweet and encouraging and keeps telling me I'm doing a good job and giving me hugs and kisses. I think she's excited to be getting a scarf made by mom. She is also interested in learning to knit, but she has an attraction to the loom knitting tools. Since I've never used the looms I am not sure how different it is from knitting with the needles. If anyone out there reading has advice or information that would be very helpful and much appreciated.
If you are interested in knitting, but don't have a great friend to teach you how, check out some videos on YouTube. The first step is learning to "cast on". Here is a video:
Once I have completed my first project, I will post a picture. How many of you out there like to knit? Share some projects, info, books, videos you like to use.