I had expressed an interest in learning how to knit, and a friend called me up one Friday last winter to tell me she’d seen an ad in the local alternative paper. The fiber guild at the university was having a “Learn to Knit” get-together, they’d supply all the materials and instructions. Well, off I went…
I sucked, I was the worst knitter on the face of the planet. I worked at casting on for 30 minutes, and when I finally had 20 sts on the left needle, I tried to knit… did I mention I sucked? I got to the end of that first row of knitting, turned the work and promptly pulled 6 sts off the needle trying to knit the first one. A little tight?
The real knitters there were incredible patient, but I was cheerfully incompetent for 2 hours. They were afraid I’d get discouraged and never pick up the needles again, but I insisted that it was OK for me to be the worst knitter in the world for a couple hours, I’d figure it out.
Two days later I went to JoAnns and bought a skein of sage-green Red Heart and some plastic size 8 needles. I printed some instructions off of the web and spent the day doing garter stitch. About 3 days after that I found KH, and the rest is history!