Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Knit-Knit-Knitter

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Hey! That's me! I am finally so happy and proud to say that I am a knit-knit-knitter. After an expensive Saturday at confusing knitting school five years ago, a loooong period of not knitting, a free Saturday morning knitting class in Fall '09, and another year of not knitting, I finally committed myself to it. I bought one skein of cheap, confidence-building, pretty, grass green Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn at the craft store down the street and it was indeed "thick and quick". I finished my first scarf in a weekend (the second Polaroid up there), knitted up a skinny cranberry-colored garland for our tiny Christmas tree the next week, and began knitting a new scarf with some beautiful Noro yarn I bought at knitting school five years ago. I've been so busy with the holidays and work but I've managed to get a little past half done. I hope to finish it up this weekend.

I stopped by Blazing Needles today on my way home from work and got an extremely warm welcome. It's the place I re-learned how to knit in 2009 and participated in a really great local artist show/sale that same November. I'd been by the shop several times early last year but always only for photography reasons. Today, however, I went for yarn and it felt awesome! I came home with two beautiful balls of Araucania Milodon yarn, one a mixture of beautiful blues, oranges, purples and creams, the other browns, greens, and oranges. And let me tell you how excited I am to get started! I've got to finish my Noro scarf first though.

While my hanks were getting wound into ball forms, I asked about hat classes and I am in luck! The charcoal gray yarn speckled with tiny splashes of bold color in the third photo - also from knitting school five years ago - is going back to Blazing Needles with me next week for a "My First Hat" class. I'm really looking forward to it, but I have to practice my purl stitches before I go. My husband might just dance a jig when he finds out I'm going to make him a hat. I can't wait. After that, I have to learn how to make a coffee/tea cozy, and after that, someday I'll learn to cable-knit!

I find it funny that I'm suddenly so into knitting. My mom was a crocheter for a long as I could remember, and we used to poke fun because we thought it was a grandma hobby. She turned out hundreds of baby blankets for everyone she knew, and thick throws to cuddle up in on the couch. She thinks it's pretty cool that I'm knitting now and hasn't let me forget that we used to make fun of her for it. I'm trying to get over the self-imposed nerdy stigma, but for now, I'm just really impressed with my very beginner abilities. Stay tuned. I think 2011 is going to be a yarny year!

3 comments:

azuree said...

I love this entry. I emailed it to my mom who is also a knitter!! She has tried throughout the years to teach me to knit but my interest always wane but I too feel that this is the year I will be a steady knitter! And much like yourself- I want so badly to make a hat!!

Here's to our knitting ambitions in 2011!

Ashley said...

My mom used to crochet all the time too. I was never much into home type hobbies, so I never learned more from her than how to make a washcloth and promptly forgot it as soon as I was done.

Last fall though, I saw a beautiful crocheted blanket that Sandra Juto had made and was suddenly inspired. Now I'm half way through my own blanket and I can't wait to finish it and start on my next project!

Like you said, it came out of no where for me and I love it! It's so calming and soothing and perfect for winter evenings. Hurray for us first timers!

Cat@flutterbymama said...

Hi, first time visiting your blog and what a delightful place it is! I'm 38 and took up knitting just over a year ago...unfortunately I never really stuck at it but decided to give it another shot with some big needles and chunky yarn. I'm definitely a 'see the results quick' kind of knitter. I learnt via YouTube and am just looking for a local knitters club to get me past the scarf and squares knitting stage. Although I am experimenting with different styles of scarves. I love it! My mum is going to teach me the art of crochet when she gets some time but for now I'm happy to knit and sew...whatever next? Good luck!