on learning to knit

I’ve wanted to learn to knit for years. My mom does almost every type of craft and DIY home project, but knitting was never one of them. My maternal grandmother, on the other hand, loved to knit and crochet. One of my most prized possessions is a blanket that she knitted for me before she passed away. She made one for each of her grandchildren. Although the blanket is not tightly woven, it is the warmest blanket I have ever felt.

Last year, a woman in my graduate program hosted a knitting night. I brought a huge set of straight needles, super bulky yarn, and learned how to knit with a small group of women, who were also in grad school. Since that first lesson, I have made many scarves, headbands, and potholders–all things that involve squares or rectangles. I’ve wanted to expand my repertoire for awhile now.

flickr image by Carissa Marie

I had a little break this week, and so I took the opportunity to go down to my local knitting store, where they set me up with one very overpriced set of knitting needles on the round and a very overpriced set of double pointed needles. Paying extra was worth it though because I got two really good (informal) knitting lessons out of the deal–something that would never happen at a big box store like Michael’s or Joann’s.

This week I learned how to knit on the round and was able to make my first hat! Not only did I learn to knit on the round, I also learned how to knit on double pointed needles, how to knit a hat, and how to follow a simple pattern. All of these skills are going to be really useful as I continue to practice. Now, the hat is sort of a monstrosity. It’s terribly misshapen, has a hole where I missed a stitch, and is way, way too big.

 I’ll get better, of course, and I’d eventually like to start making baby blankets and hats as gifts since I’m in the doula business now. I also want to be able to make stuff as gifts for family and friends. My knitted gifts are not very good yet (and I’m not just being modest), but I’m bored by most of the stuff available to purchase in stores. So, family and friends will have to bare with me while my skills improve. 

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