56 years ago I decided to teach myself how to knit. I knew how to crochet but knitting was a mystery to me. I bought a little instruction booklet (oh, how wonderful it would have been to have videos to watch!) and sat in a chair with my ball of yarn and my two needles. I didn’t have any particular project in mind – just wanted to learn how to make a square or circle. I was 22 years old with a two-year old baby.
Somehow I managed to cast on the desired # of stitches for my sample. But that’s where I ran into a wall. The instructions just did not make sense to me. They told me that when I knitted, I kept the yarn in front of my needle and when I purled, I had to keep the yarn in back of my needle. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. So – I knitted following the drawings in the booklet and that seemed to work; but when I turned and had to purl and put the yarn “behind” the needle, I was lost. What I did was (and you are all welcomed to laugh) — I moved my ball of yarn to the back of the chair I sat in – which made no sense to me. And then when I was to knit, I moved the ball of yarn to the front – well ---- I can’t even go into the mess that evolved from all of that. In other words, I was moving the ball of yarn front and back but not changing anything at all. That may not make any sense – but then, it didn’t make sense to me, either!!! — Years passed before I tried it again and finally got the gist of it. but I laugh to this day picturing myself moving the ball of yarn to front of the chair to knit and then moving it to the back of the chair to purl. SO!! I’m writing this to all of those who are venturing into this craft – don’t ever think you can’t figure it out because I eventually did and if I can, you can, too!!