Learn to Knit
So.. two weeks I took up a new hobby with my good friend, Jaime. We had talked about doing crochet, but my first attempts were “ok” but not great. I guess I wasn’t too enthused, and after a try, neither was she. We go to coffee and the farmer’s market every Saturday, and a few shops down is a cute little yarn store I had been meaning to visit. So, that Saturday we walked in and looked around. I love it, it’s so adorable and full of soft yarn, beautiful projects and helpful people. We looked at the classes they offer and they had a Learn to Knit class starting in about an hour. We bought our needles and yarn, paid for the class and came back an hour later to begin.
Almost immediately I liked knitting more than crochet. For one thing, whenever I type “crochet,” I always say “crotch” first and have to correct. Ok, so that’s not really the reason. But, when you crochet (haha! did it again!), you hold your hands in a way that I find more awkward. I also found it easier to miss a stitch and end up with ugly holes. Don’t get me wrong, I did plenty of that in my knitting, too. But I found it easier to keep track of and stop doing (with practice) while knitting. Our first project was a simple garter stitch, which is just knitting the whole row. Our “homework” was to do a little square before the next class. Jaime & I are both overachievers and she ended up with a dish rag and I ended up with this cute little scarf, perfect for Jared.
This past Saturday, at class #2, we learned to purl, which is pretty much an opposite stitch of knitting. We did “knit 2, purl 2″ which produces a nice little ribbed stitch. After giving Jared his scarf, Esther of course wanted one. Luckily the yarn I picked for this project will suit her well, so Sunday I spent my day knitting away and made her scarf. (Photos to come.)
I am working on crocheting a little flower to attach to the end of her scarf, but I’m sure having issues with it! Need to practice, practice, practice, I guess! Unless anyone knows a fairly simple flower you can make with KNITTING instead. I could probably do that easier.