I am a cloth diapering mom who has purchased a few pairs of knitted wool shorts and pants for my babe, often thinking, “I wonder how hard it would be to make these?” but never really seriously looking into it. Then on Friday afternoon, I decided I wanted to learn. I posted to a community I’m a part of, asking the knitters for their input. Then on Friday evening, I went looking in the garage for our Halloween decorations.
In digging through our poorly-labeled boxes, I came across a couple large boxes I had forgotten about and found stuff I inherited several years ago when my grand-grandmother passed. I remember spinning yarn with her when I was a child, so it was very special to me that I found TONS of hand-spun yarn, and even a knitting project she had started on some little circulars, but never finished. I cried as I showed it to my husband
So, that settles it, I was meant to learn to knit because it is a shame to have all this hand-spun yarn not going to use. The fact that I found it all right after deciding to learn to knit really confirmed in my heart that this is something I am supposed to do. Who knows, I may even pick up spinning again. Goodness knows I have tons of fiber here to spin!
So yeah, Friday night, it was 11pm and I wanted to knit, but since I wanted to leave grandma’s unfinished project on the needles, I had no needles to learn with. We do not have anything open at that hour, so in my impatience, I grabbed a couple of bamboo BBQ skewers and some yarn and learned to cast on (using the videos at knittinghelp.com as my guide). I did this a few times and then I got a splinter. Okay, skewers were not so brilliant afterall. I switched to some chopsticks I had on hand instead Then I went and bought real knitting needles on Saturday.
I’m learning to knit! I mean, I have lots to learn still, but I can cast on, knit, purl and cast off. My garter stitch and stockinette stitch look decent too. Here’s what I did for practice: