Monday, October 8, 2007
Since I started blog hopping, I've admired posts by crafty girls. Those women whose posts are filled with yarns of all sorts, beautiful textures and colors. Is it wrong to want to be one of them? They create scarves and sweaters, gloves, hats, dresses, shawls, blankets. So many things of beauty starting with just a vision. I see them on the train and sitting in the doctor's office - knitting away so happily. I wonder who will be the lucky beneficiary of their talents.
My mom used to sew and knit when I was young. She made me the prettiest purple poncho. It was my absolute favorite. I must admit to having some thoughts of knitting a poncho after seeing Martha Stewart's when she was released. She looked amazing!
Over the years I've bought yarn, knitting needles, and "how to" books. I practiced by knitting a few rows. Decided that my hands looked horrible knitting, lacking the beautiful fluid motion that I saw in others and that I couldn't do it right. I gave up and put my needles and yarn away. One thing about me that I may have mentioned before is that I'm always freezing. Unless it's at least 75 degrees, I'm chilly. I need lots of scarves, sweaters, and socks. Fall is here and I've been thinking about some cute skinny scarves.
I spoke to a friend a few months ago about how I'd been looking longingly at all the knitting blogs, wishing I could knit like them. Then she told me that she knit! I had no idea that she was a knitter! I let loose a stream of all my knitting attempts, stops and starts and the things that I wished I could make. She said that socks were really easy and so were scarfs. Scarves? I'm having problems with this plural. What do you think? Scarfs or scarves? I guess both are technically correct.
Anyway, it seems that my problem was that I was buying ugly cheap yarn just to practice on. She recommended buying yarn that I loved, something soft that felt really nice to handle, and trying a simple scarf.
So this weekend I went yarn shopping at Michaels and felt like a total imposter standing in the aisle, but I'm committed this time. I guess I sort of looked like I knew what I was doing, because a woman walked over with her husband and kids and was saying that she wanted to find out about a knitting class. She asked me if I knitted. I told her that it was my first time trying for real and I was winging it. We wished each other good luck.
After about a half an hour of looking and touching all the different yarns, I decided on one. It was just as fun as shopping for food! Except I didn't feel quite as competent. I bought two skeins, because I wasn't sure how much I'd need. Is that the right word? I need to learn knitting lingo. All you knitters out there, any words of wisdom and encouragement would be welcome and appreciated! I bought Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Almond. It was a little more expensive than some of the other yarns, but it feels really soft, looks substantial, is made in the USA and it's organic.
Last night while watching Brothers & Sisters, I started knitting my scarf. I'm not using a pattern; I'm improvising like when I cook. I need to get used to the feel of it first. I can't handle a pattern yet. I casted on 12 stitches, but somehow there are 14 now. I guess I mistakenly added two rows. Oh well. I'm not going to get discouraged. I'm going to finish this scarf and wear it. I think I should be able to finish it within a couple of weeks. I'm going to knit while watching TV and commuting on the T. I'm becoming the crafty girl I always wanted to be!
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