One of my online friends is a big knitter. We met through a journal-based RPG – which she recently left – and one of her characters was an even bigger knitter. Sophie would knit all the complex projects that S. couldn’t manage, and sometimes S. would share patterns and gorgeous yarns with me when she was planning her own (or her character’s) projects. It was enough to make me wish I could knit, but I held off.
Partly I held off because I’d always felt awkward growing up, trying to learn crafts. My maternal grandmother was a home ec teacher and an avid crocheter, and both she and my mother could sew. I was terrible at sewing. I was okay at plastic canvas needlepoint, but had a tendency to sew the yarn through the wrong way requiring my mother’s help in fixing it, and I was cursed with hands that tend to shake as a matter of course. Knitting, I figured, just wouldn’t go well, something that I just got more evidence for when I bought a book and couldn’t figure out how the hell to cast on. Still, I decided to take a class, and as it turned out, I was wrong: I’m actually pretty good at knitting. Since January I’ve made three scarves and a hat, and right now I’m working on another hat – for my younger sister.
I’ve also discovered the problem that all knitters should warn new adopters about: yarn is really damn pretty. I particularly have a problem with Malabrigo, which is ridiculously beautiful hand-dyed wool yarn from Uruguay. My sister’s hat is being made out of this:
I made a fantastic moss stitch scarf out of this:
And then last week, when I was supposed to take my second knitting class – on fingerless gloves, because I buy them on etsy and then tragically leave them on the bus and in taxicabs – I ended up picking up another skein:
Even though there was a slight comedy of errors and the teacher didn’t know there was supposed to be a class that night. Hey, now I have the yarn in advance, amirite? Totally a legitimate reason.
I’m still not allowed in a yarn store until I take that class. And I’m not allowed to buy my yarn until I use up the skiens I have earmarked for projects already.