Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Learning to Knit

I'm doing it, I'm really doing it!
My mom's best friend Kathy had taught me the basics of knitting a couple of years ago.
I made a washcloth or two and practiced on big needles and yarn but just never felt comfortable with it.
One of my New Years resolutions was to finally learn to knit.  I think I've made great strides in just four days of practice.  That's really what it's all about is practice.

I decided to follow a simple pattern for my first project. 
Learning to knit

I have seen these scarves around and always thought they were cute.

I was inspired by Angry Chicken's recent post about knitting small projects that are not overwhelming.  She also talks about how she always felt like a knitter who didn't knit.  I can relate to that.  I have felt for a while that I should be able to knit and was quite frustrated that it wasn't coming naturally to me.  Of course I just wanted to pick up needles and make something complicated.  Washclothes weren't doing it for me.

Well, I'm starting smallish but this project is interesting enough to keep my attention.
I'll be honest, all I really want to do is sit on the couch and knit all....day....long.
I can't do that, there are too many other things to get done. 
Bun I'm so excited that I'm knitting!
Don't get me wrong, I'm still not completely comfortable.  Knit is easier than purl at this point and I'm totally winging it at some spots, but I'm doing it and I'm thrilled.

* One thing that has helped me as a crocheter, is switching from English to Continental knitting.  Do you other Crocheters find Continental style easier?  I was taught English, with the thread in my right hand but it never felt right.  Continental is the way to go for me.

I have the instructions (which are vague) and a knitting book at the ready.
Learning to knit

I'm off the couch now and doing my chores.

1 comment:

lynn bowes said...

You will soon be addicted to Ravelry.com where you can find all sorts of quick and easy patterns as well as the more complicated stuff. My family has been the beneficiaries of multiple scarflettes and felted bowls and such for a few years now - no one is complaining yet so I keep knitting!

I recognize the little piece you're working on and I hope you post pics when you're finished :: lynn