Monday, January 7, 2013

Oh, knitting.

My knitting "journey" started 7 years ago. I remember my now 9 year old being a toddler and unraveling the few rows of practice I had started (and that had taken me forever). I shoved it all in a bag and put it away.

I've come back to it several (dozen) times over the years. I've been convinced I just don't get it. I think I didn't get it for a long time, but a few years ago when my oldest spent a week in the hospital, I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him while he slept, watching videos and learning.

I went to my mother in laws yesterday, to have her help me, and while I was grabbing needles and yarn I came across things I forgot about. A washcloth from the set I was going to make when I was pregnant with my youngest, and a ribbed hat I started even before that. They actually looked good. What was this? I knit something and it looked good?! How did I forget about this?

I think that I have had myself so convinced I can't knit, or didn't understand it, that I just kept assuming I couldn't do it. When clearly I could, and I had! So, I've decided that all I need is confidence. I am a knitter. I knit. The end. I CAN DO THIS.

I may not be delving into Elizabeth Zimmerman anytime soon, but I think I can start with a half dozen dishcloths to gain confidence, speed and learn different techniques and stitches.

Truth is, I need this. With a very active and curious toddler, sewing has become very difficult. Not having a studio means it all gets pulled out and put back each time. With said toddler about, I am simply not comfortable using the rotary cutter or even the machine with his tiny fingers and interest in everything. After bedtime could be an option if I had any energy left after his bedtime, haha, but I don't.

So for now, knitting is calling me. It will keep my hands moving, creativity brewing and most importantly I can pull it out and put it away with ease.

Perhaps soon I'll even work up the confidence to join in the Saturday morning library knit or Monday evening quilt shop knit. But, you know, baby steps.

Hi. I'm Crystal, and I knit.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Hi, I'm Sara and I knit. ;)

I'm so hopeful you will find the joy I've found in this hobby. Baby hands are a challenge, but oh, the relaxation is worth it. If I'm really stressed, I just think of the rhythmic motion and it helps. IF I can't knit at the moment. :D