I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never learned how to do any knitting, crocheting or sewing. I grew up with a grandma who would provide us with thick handknitted socks for the winter months, an aunt that sold her own stash of socks as a side business and a mother who was able to knit jumpers with pretty patterns without even having to look up patterns. Even my dad is able to sew buttons that don’t come right off again. All of those skills must have been completely lost in me.
In school I learned how to work wood, glue it, saw it, nail bits of it together. Once I even built a Balalaika out of old pieces of a guitar and some chipboard. I’d show you, but I never took a photo of it.
Lately though I’ve been having a real drive to do things myself. Maybe it’s because I want to own ethically made things or because my mum dug out her old sewing machine (which doesn’t work properly anymore, unfortunately). I asked my friend at work who recently knit a beautiful scarf and she recommended I check out Wool and the Gang – a great resource for beginning knitters. I would have been intimidated to just walk into a knitwear shop because I wouldn’t have known what to get, but this way I was able to choose an entire knit kit that included enough wool to make a snood, the needles, and a pattern!
I was really excited when the kit arrived and got “working” right away. I quickly realised that even Roo was more skilled at casting on. One day and a quick instruction from mum later, I got started. I learned to cast on, to knit, to purl, to drop stitch, all of it. It took me the better part of a weekend but I’ve got myself a beautiful circle scarf. You can’t imagine how proud I am. I posted this photo of my work in progress on Instagram and everyone’s nice comments absolutely blew my mind.
Since then, a week has passed and I am sitting here typing this post while wearing my own merino wool bobble hat (click through to find the free knitting pattern I used). Cuff, knit in the round, and finished off with five double pointed needles.
I already learned that sometimes patience is better than trying to rush things, that sometimes done is better than perfect and that by taking it one step at a time I can actually achieve a really neat end result that I am insanely proud of.
Now, I am debating my next project. Try myself at socks or perhaps get started on something larger, like a blanket. What are your thoughts?