for a while now i’ve wanted to learn either knit or crochet. i pose this as an either/or because i realized my brain couldn’t learn both at once (though i do hope to learn both eventually).
after trying crochet a little around Thanksgiving, i thought i’d go that route. but then my good friend Erin (who just had an adorable baby boy, by the way – hey girl!!) came to visit from out of town, and taught me to knit! it clicked in my head better than crochet had – i think it helps that Erin is a schoolteacher in real life. in fact, she had tried to teach me a year prior and pretty much had to start from scratch this time because i forgot it all as soon as she left. 😉
i haven’t blogged about this yet because i meant to get “real” photos of my first project, but you’ll have to settle for this phone selfie because i’m ready to move on. it’s a cowl. i just cast on 15 stitches, then knitted back and forth until i had a scarf long enough to go around my neck with some ease. i put a twist in it, joined the ends haphazardly with a sort of ladder stitch, and done. i knit it during the Christmas break while watching a whole lot of Sherlock with my husband.
homemade as it is, i’m super proud of it as my first project. i wear it a lot, and i realized i could (sorta) knit! but i wanted more. i wanted to make a hat. so a couple weeks ago, we went to visit pre-baby Erin (oh and her husband and older son, too…hehe) and i brought my needles and yarn with me. i asked her to teach me how to make a hat for O while we were there. she thankfully obliged!
it’s just a simple but cozy beanie. while making it i learned how to join in the round, purl, change colors, decrease, and finish off the top! valuable knitting skillz indeed. honestly the internet hadn’t been working for me to learn knitting, even youtube videos. i needed someone right there with me to tell me what i was doing wrong.
the hat is made with super bulky yarn (because it’s FAST) and i’m pretty sure i knitted it on size 13 circular needles. i was so adamant about the stripe being that lime green i just ignored the fact that it’s a different weight and looks a bit “off”…whatever. i’m forgiving myself for early knitting wonkiness.
it works for this guy too – after an initial rejection, he now loves his “pom pom hat.” he wants to wear it whenever it’s offered. frankly, he loves the pom pom so much this is actually pom pom #2 – he got a little enthusiastic with the first one and tore it to smithereens.
so there ya go! knitted a couple things! it’s super super addicting and relaxing, i see why people love it so much. sewing is usually pretty solitary, as we toil away over hot irons and noisy machines in our basement lairs with some music and a glass of wine (ha), but knitting can be done in front of the TV, while supervising kids at play, while waiting at ballet class…it’s portable in a way that’s really appealing and the results are very rewarding too!
hopefully someday i can make awesome stuff like Shannon or Jane or even self-proclaimed “newbies” like Tara or Anna (I don’t believe either of them for one second). i’ve been wistfully pinning projects from the purl bee for a couple years now, just waiting to learn how, and admiring patterns from shannon’s shop and the wiksten shop too. obviously i have a lot to learn but at least i have a foundation, right? it’s exciting….cozy knitwear, just in time for spring.
do you knit? crochet? any books or websites that helped you in absence of a helpful friend? maybe i should take a class. i need all the help i can get!