So about a month ago a friend asked if I would join a knitting class with her and another gal. I was hesitant at first, but said “what the hell, it could be good for me.” I’ve been trying to finish a scarf for over a year now after being taught the basics from my boyfriend.
Yes, my boyfriend knows the basics of knitting. His grandmother owned a yarn shop so he learned a few things growing up.
I went into the class not knowing much, but when I left the class 4 weeks later, I learned SO MUCH including:
- Casting on
- Knit stitch
- Purl stitch
- Garter stitch
- Increasing & Decreasing
And voila! I had a wearable, comfortable, great-looking hat that I choose to wear now over my other “store-bought” hats. After my first completed project I’m being so obsessive about trying to make everything, which I know is extremely hard to do. I learned that the hard work that went into the hat made it so much more enjoyable to wear.
When I fell in love with the hobby and before I finished the hat I decided to sign up to donate a scarf to the auction for a pre-school I work at. This auction is next Saturday. (Thinking to myself… what did I get myself into.) In the process of making this scarf I’ve taught myself how to knit in the round and also a new stitch, the slip stitch. I never knew there were so many different ways to knit!
I’ve also learned that I can knit AND watch marathons of Dexter, Mad Men and House of Cards at the SAME TIME. Hopefully keeping the brain cells at an equilibrium, balancing out the complete laziness with the focus and concentration on my project. It works.
It’s safe to say I’ll be knitting for awhile. I’ve already begun mapping out Christmas gifts for family, friends and co-workers.
If this post sparked your interest in knitting, I’d recommend stopping by your local yarn shop to see if they offer any classes or friend an expert. YouTube videos definitely help, but I can’t say I would have enjoyed my first project without the help from the class and a teacher there with me every stitch of the way.
Also, a great tool I’ve been using to find new patterns is Ravelry. It’s like the Pinterest for knitters. They have millions of patterns that are free or paid ranging from beginner to expert.
It’s always great to have a new hobby, especially when you find yourself stuck indoors for half the year because it’s too darn cold out.
Stay tuned for more projects. I may even surprise myself and create my own patterns. Thanks for reading!