I've always wanted to knit. A million years ago, I tried to teach myself how to knit. I think it was the summer before eighth grade. Sitting on the floor of my bedroom with a book written for kids and a ball of scratchy yarn, I tried and tried. I remember being so frustrated. I quite get the hang of it.
So I wrote knitting off entirely. I would stick to sewing and embroidering. But knitting was always in the back of my mind as something I wanted to learn. ("Maybe," I thought, "it would be the perfect thing to do when I was 85.") Recently, I was out and about shopping in Soho, ducking into stores while I tried to stay warm. Just as I was about to (attempt to) navigate my way back to the subway, I saw Purl Soho!
Curiosity drove me to march into the store. It was borderline impulsive with very little thinking on my part involved. The formidable wall of yarn was both inviting and intimidating. I felt the stale sense of teenaged frustration in the pit of my stomach. Just as I was about to give up, probably permanently, I saw these cardboard tubes that claimed to teach one how to knit.
The Purl Soho "Learn to Knit" kit is amazing!!! It comes with two skeins of yarn (each tube has a different color– I chose a charcoal), needles, and a really (truly!) helpful guide.
With the kit, I was able to play around with it a bit and get the hang of how knitting works!
I. Am. Obsessed.
The first scarf took me a while to finish because I was only doing a little bit at a time and I was still quite slow. As lame as it sounds, I was always so excited to go home from work and complete a little bit more of the scarf.
I think knitting is going to be really healthy for me. I have a tendency to never stop working. If I'm at my computer, I'm responding to emails, or answering Tumblr questions, or putting together blog posts, or finishing up a project for work, or just simply writing. It's a major challenge for me to stop. Occasionally, I'll watch something on Netflix (or at the very least listen to Pandora)... but I'm always doing something. It's tiresome, but it's a major challenge to just not do anything. (Even when I'm eating dinner, I'm almost always reading a book!)
Knitting is perfect for me because it FORCES me to use my hands and to stay focused on something other than work. It's an amazing distraction that also has an inevitable result (in this particular case, a scarf)! It's also a good practice to deal with my perfectionism issues. I may have a bad stich every now and then, but because there are so many stitches, it's okay.
When I weaved that last bit of yarn in, I was so proud that I finished!!! Even though the scarf is far from perfect (one end is significantly worse than the other), I love it!
I went back downtown to Purl Soho to pick up more yarn. I set off to finish a scarf for a friend. Determined to finish before the New Year, I churned the scarf out in two days. (I watched a few... eep many... episodes of Downton Abbey.)
I am definitely going to continue practicing. I really, really love knitting!
I think I know what everyone is getting for Christmas next year!!! Better get going!
Any other knitters out there?