I love to create things. I did not discover this love until I was nearly an adult. I am pretty left-brained, but given instructions and a plan, I find creating is a outlet. I love being able to say, “I made that.”
I have wanted to learn how to knit for a couple of years. Last year I really intended to do so. I figured I could watch some videos on You Tube and read a book (with illustrations) and it would be simple enough.
Yeah. For some reason, it was not that simple for me to learn to knit. Frustrated that I did not reach my goal by the end of 2011, and noting that my best friends also wanted to learn to knit, I hopped online and found beginner classes at a local knit shop that started in January.
I talked with my friends, and we agreed that with busy kid schedules in the evenings and weekends, a class during the day was the best plan. We met for two hours each Wednesday (I am the only one that works outside the home, and I was able to take a long lunch on Wednesdays for four weeks). We signed up, and by the next week, we were in our first class!
Having the store owner, Roxanne, there to assure us that we can learn to knit and to walk us through each step, let us practice and back us up when we made a mistake was wonderful! I also really appreciated having “homework” each week. It forced me to practice daily and gave me a goal to accomplish each week. Knitting regularly for four weeks helped establish the process for me and enabled me to continue on after the class had ended.
I am proud to say that each of the projects you see above were completed by yours truly.
During class we made the gray/brown scarf and the felted tote bag. Afterward, I made a washcloth and the blue scarf. I find it helpful to go into the shop as I look for a project, as Roxanne is able to tell me what would be a good next project for my skill level and can help explain any tricky parts or correct any errors.
I have really enjoyed knitting. Although I would like to get better and learn some more complicated patterns, it has been very rewarding. I love having something to do while I am sitting at sporting events, watching a show or waiting for one of my kids (chauffeur much?!). It does not take all of my attention, so I can still have a conversation, cheer the kids on or watch what is going on around me.
I have even taught my daughter to knit and she is working on a scarf. Hopefully this will be a skill that we both will enjoy practicing for years to come.
This post is part of year-long vow to get those projects done that we’ve been putting off. Stay tuned next month as Jessica pushes herself on her “Get it Done” list. Now it’s your turn: What project did you finally get crossed off your to-do list this month? What’s on your “Get it Done” list for next month?