Thursday, June 3, 2010
Going Back to School
I am very excited that the Knitting Nest's Sweater University begins tonight. We will be meeting in their new store for the first time. Starting this course got me thinking about my history with knitting...
Everyone comes to knitting in his or her own way. Mine included an almost 25 year hiatus before I became obsessed with knitting. I was around 16 when I expressed an interest in knitting to my mother. She was encouraging and signed me up for a beginning class in my hometown. Although she doesn’t knit, she is a crafty woman and always tried to encourage that in me. Immediately after finishing the beginning course, I decided to knit a sweater as my first project. Then I picked out some cotton yarn that screamed 80s.
I started out the project and it went ok for a bit, but I suffered from a syndrome that I now know often plagues new knitters…super tight knitting. That, on top of the fact that I was using cotton yarn, which does not have the nice springy action of wool, made my hands and head ache. I remember throwing the sweater down in frustration with just the neck completed. I don’t think I ever picked up needles again until the fall of 2009. Surprisingly, my mother still had the yarn from 25 years ago!
Once I was reintroduced to knitting, how I wished I had stuck it out as a teenager! I could just imagine how skilled I would be now, but when I was honest with myself, I realized that even if I had picked an easier first project or some more friendly yarn, I just didn’t have the stick-to-it-ness needed to complete any project as a teen. My closet was full of different craft projects I had started and never finished. I think I had a lot of growing up to do to before I would get over that problem.
Now that I have rediscovered my love of knitting, I want to do what I can to encourage other new knitters out there or those who just can’t finish a project to give it a try!