Yes, I have taken up knitting! Ever since two of my amazing cousins started knitting about 5-6 years ago I have wanted to learn, but I never took the time to actually sit down and figure it out.
Finally, after the upheaval of everything earlier this month, I decided I was going to actually take the time and learn. Luckily, it just so happened that I was going to get the chance to spend the weekend with my two knitting cousins while we celebrated my Grandma’s 80th birthday the second weekend in April. I contacted one of my cousins to find out if she’d be willing to teach me (which of course she was wonderful and said yes!) and what I needed to bring to get started (bamboo knitting needles and some cheap yarn).
It was actually pretty fun when she taught me because four of us girls piled into one of the hotel rooms and we had a knitting and crochet party. One of my cousins worked with me on knitting, while my other cousin worked with our cousin-in-law on crocheting. We had a great time talking, laughing, and learning how manipulate yarn into some amazing patterns. The best part was that earlier James had suggested that I video my cousin showing me the basics of knitting so that way I could watch the video after we got home if I had any questions or problems. This video ended up being the saving grace that allowed me to actually start knitting on my own at home!
While knitting with my cousin right there to answer questions and help seemed pretty easy and straight forward, at home it was not nearly that easy or straight forward! I kept messing up and needing to start over, which is where the video came in handy! With the video readily available, I was easily able to watch the quick 2 minute “how to get started” each time I messed up!
Below is the result of 2 weeks of starting, pulling it out, starting pulling it out, starting, pulling it out, and FINALLY getting it! Granted that wasn’t me working on it full time, but here and there when I’d sit down to watch TV, yet still, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever really get it!
Now that I’ve got the basics *pretty* much down, I am really enjoying knitting. There is something soothing and calming about the process. It also does a good job relaxing me and getting my brain to stop “thinking.” Yet, what’s nice is that I can do other things while I knit. I’ve been knitting on car trips, while on the phone (hands-free ear buds are amazing), and when watching TV. I’ve still got a long way to go… How to I finish this off once I’m done??… but knitting is definitely something I’m planning on continuing! It’s even encouraged me to learn to crochet, which I’m hoping to get someone to teach me BEFORE we head out on our May vacation!