For a while I have been thinking about getting into another “artsy” activity, and I decided to take up knitting. (Parenthesis: I think in grade 3 we learned how to knit and embroider, and I remember sitting in a circle with other girls re-enacting the olden days as we put stitches into burlap cloth. But it didn’t go any farther, and soon after I forgot anything I had learned. :P)
After watching my Grandma whip off premie toque after premie toque over the Christmas holidays, I finally worked up the courage to ask her to show me how to knit. Which she did in a crash course just before she had to leave for the airport. I proceeded with a visit to my sister’s mother-in-law, who most generously gave me some materials, a how-to-knit guide and helped me find my first project idea. From there I embarked into the world of knitting – of course not without some adventure and some pauses in the action. Adventure being the breaking of my knitting needles (they were plastic) on the airplane and trying to use duct tape as a repair method. Not such a good idea.
Then I had to undo all of my stitches when my friend’s sister offered me a new set of needles in a slightly different size. But I persevered…through various movies and phone calls with my family, knitting all the way. Slow and steady wins the race.
Then the fortuitous visit of my roommate’s mother-in-law, who helped me to bind off the edge because it wasn’t quite as easy as it looked in the picture guide book. There was a gap in time afterwards, when I had little time for movies and much less inspiration for fiddling. Finally last week I took a moment to sew my knitting together and finish my first creation. Only 2+ months in the making
I am quite happy with the result, however, and I have even had compliments about my stitches Thank you to each of those ladies who helped get me started – without them, it certainly wouldn’t have turned out as nicely.
My next project you ask? I’ve started working on some baby slippers. Inspired by one of the ladies at my church, I’m making slippers like she is but without any pattern. Let’s just say, I brought my first attempt to church on Sunday and I had several ladies coming over to check my work. And I found out that I would be wise to learn how to count stitches unless I want everything to be unproportional :P At least, I have discovered several ladies whom I can ask for help. Here’s to hoping that this project will take less time to complete than the first!
Thanks for reading! à la prochaine