For years I have been envious of those who have knitting & crochet skills. Maybe not just "envious," but truly jealous. It seems like it should be such a relaxing & worthwhile hobby. I went to college with several women who had mad crocheting skills. They could sit down, watch whatever the "show of the day" was with a group of people, gab along with everyone else, & crank out a gorgeous, intricate scarf during the process. Amazing. I have a friend from high school that can knit her own socks. I repeat...she. makes. her. own. socks. I would love to have that kind of "survival" skill.
I can remember my mom attempting to teach me to crochet on a few occasions when I was growing up. She would teach me the chain stitch, how to build off of it, & then would let me try to make a scarf or small blanket. My endeavors normally ended up with her sitting back & shaking her head as my stitches got tighter & tighter, until the point I could no longer get my needle through the piece. Apparently I had tension issues...
I have tried learning to knit on 2 occasions--once in high school & one summer during college. I would finally get the length of a scarf made by knitting & purling, it would be lopsided in parts due to dropped stitches, and then it would end up unraveling because I couldn't figure out how to bind it off. (Plus--it's really fun to unravel knitting...counterproductive? Yes...but still fun.) Eventually I would give up, shove the yarn & needles in a bag, & say "I'll try that again one day."
Over the past few years, my Needle Craft Envy has grown. There are so many fun/hilarious knit & crochet projects that you can do...
Like these Crochet beard hats,
|Hilarity. Work by taraduff on etsy.com|
or this ADORABLE baby apple hat,
|Work by myknittingworld on etsy.com|
or this AWESOME owl hat that I want in my size.
|Work by beckysbabycrochet on etsy.com|
Most evenings, the Hubs & I like to sit back & watch TV before bed. I have this problem that I can't JUST watch TV--I have to play on my laptop, play stupid games on my iPhone, fold laundry, read, etc...meaning that I could possibly have some form of adult ADD. I frequently wish my "multitasking" during this time was doing something more productive. So I have made it my mission to actually learn how to knit, & eventually learn how to crochet. Will I be able to make amazingly fun things like above?--probably not. Will I try my best?--yes.
Last weekend I ventured to Jo-Ann's & bought a skein of yarn and some knitting needles. I didn't want to buy any fancy "organically raised, house-pet, insert-Latin-sound-name-type-of-wool here" for my first practice run in 7 years...so I settled for a fairly inexpensive acrylic skein in my favorite color of green from LionBrand yarn. I'm a little ashamed to admit that this yarn was part of the "Vanna's Choice" line...as in Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White. Seriously, she endorses yarn. Perhaps she is a master knitter? Or maybe she just likes to gesture enthusiastically towards skeins of yarn in her free time? Either way, the price was right & I liked the color.
|I'll take a "Y" for Yarn, please?|
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the yarn. I'd forgotten how icky acrylic yarn can feel. Once I master some skillz, I will probably move away from acrylic. In addition to the icky feel, the strands separate quite a bit & that can be a little frustrating since I'm trying to learn to stitch without looking. I also casted on WAY too many starter stitches, so this is going to be one BIG, chunky scarf. But that's ok, I'm more worried about practicing & building up my ability to knit while watching tv. :-P
This is my progress so far...
|It's going to be one HUGE scarf...|
I'm still Reallllly slow at this...but I have faith that I will get there. I plan to do an additional post about what web resources I am finding helpful during this learning process, in case anyone else is interested. Who knows, there might be one extremely large, chunky, potentially lopsided green scarf up for grabs to some lucky reader (or family member) sometime in the next couple months?... if I ever figure out how to bind-off while knitting...hmm.
I fully welcome & seek out all tips & suggestions from seasoned knitters (& crocheters, I'll get there eventually)!!