I am a beginning knitter and have learned a few things about myself in the last couple of months since I bought my first “How to Knit” Kit.
#1: I must learn everything the hard way. When every knitting book I read says to knit a swatch to determine the gauge, why don’t I believe them? This is my first hat that I knit on straight needles and joined together. My little guy loves it and when I put a hat on him that actually fits now, he says, “It’s too tight, Mom.”
#2: I’m old. Somewhere between when I stopped doing gymnastics and lifting weights and started having children, my wrist strength was shot. I bought a Knifty Knitter and made 2 hats and started having all kinds of ulnar nerve pain that wouldn’t go away until I quit.
I know, I know, I feel like I’m cheating when I “knit” this way but I’ll be giving this set of looms away since I can’t use them. Any takers?
Here’s a picture of the 3 boys raking in their hats – 2 knifty knitter hats and that big blue mushroom hat.
#3: When it comes right down to it, I am still a little preschooler at heart. When my mother-in-law, who is a fabulous knitter and seamstress visited this week, I regressed to childhood. My kids were bringing her books to read, toys to look at – doing all the things that little kids do. I was right in there with them, bringing her my felted bags, my latest knitting and sewing projects, looking for attention and affirmation. What’s wrong with me?
I DO like knitting, though – I feel like there’s so much to learn and my brain is being challenged and stretched. I don’t get that same feeling from doing laundry. Thanks for all you knitters who provide me with inspiration!