Sunday, July 16, 2006

Adventures in Knitting: Introduction

I guess if you are one of my mom's group friends, you will probably disown me now. I'm sure you guys are way too cool to take up a hobby like this. Yup, knitting. I don't know where I got this idea from. I've been doing a LOT of home projects lately. I have sewn Tatiana three sundresses, reupholstered an ottoman, sewn pillowcases among other things. I guess the textile bug just came up and bit me & I thought, "I should try to learn how to knit". I didn't think I could actually do it. I checked out two books from the library, picked up some yarn and needles from the local WM and I was ready to learn. It seemed like trying to learn a foreign language! I found an awesome website {knittinghelp} that has lots of how-to videos. I just watched the knitting one about 20 times. I kept pausing, rewinding, playing, all the while having the needles in my hands, until I could get my hands to do what the video was showing. I practiced for the whole night, staying up until midnight. I figured I was ready for my first simple project. I picked a garter stitch (all knit stitches) baby hat from the book "Knitting for Baby". It took me about three days to complete. I even made my own pom-pon! There are several holes in it, due to dropped stitches, and I ended up with more stitches than when I originally cast-on, but I am trying to release my perfectionistic tendencies {this is almost as hard as learning to knit itself!}. Here is the finished project:

It fits Sienna perfectly. If you're interested in learning how to knit, I'd love to be your knitting buddy. More projects to follow!


Anonymous said...

Too cool??? Disown??? WOW! You must think I/we are shallow. I think it is cool that you picked up a new hobby and it is something that I would like to try. But of course right now I have about 12 balls up in the air that I am trying to juggle so alas...knitting will have to wait. But I am very happy that you found something fun to do! Keep up the good work...I will be requesting hats for the girls in the fall! TTFN


alicia said...

Very cute! If they disown you then they'll have to disown me cause I knit too! Maybe we can knit together in the cooler weather, I have yet to finish a project, but I think it's relaxing!!