An update on my knitting: It is going very slowly. I have found that I can knit a few rows at a time and have been slowly working on the front of my raglan. It looks exactly like the back so no picture yet. I am hoping to have it finished in the next year or two. (Sorry, slow knitting is almost as frustrating as no knitting.)
Without any real knitting substance I thought I would throw out another question. How did you learn to knit? Did you have a teacher or any outside guidance? How was it in the beginning? How long did it take to learn to love knitting? What was your first project? What do you wish you had made for a first project? Ok, that was more than one question, feel free to answer any or all of them. My answers:
How did you learn to knit? My grandmother taught me the knit stitch when I was about 8. I didn’t cast on or bind off and made a bright, stop sign red square (a potholder perhaps?) That is all I ever made, it was a very short lived knitting career. I used to have the square but I can’t think of where it might be now. If I get adventurous I may dig through my closet later. In the fall of 2003 I decided I wanted to learn to knit again and taught myself using a tutorial from the internet. I knit almost everyone I knew scarves for Christmas that year.
Did you have a teacher or any outside guidance? The first time, my grandmother, the second time, the internet. I have asked my mother’s coworker for help and taken a couple classes on more advanced techniques since then, but in the beginning it was just me really.
How was it in the beginning? My dad will still tell the story of the day I was trying to cast on for the first time, there was a lot of frustration and maybe some swearing (you’ll have to ask dad I try not to remember that day.) After figuring that out, knitting was going fine until 2 months later I read a pattern that included the instruction to “knit through the back of the loop.” I was already knitting through the back of the loop on accident. Oops.
How long did it take to learn to love knitting? I really enjoyed knitting almost right from the start, it was functional, kept my hands busy, the lovely yarns, new things to learn and make.
What was your first project? The second time, it was a garter stitch scarf for myself. It is too wide and short and I have found I do not wear scarves. It is now for the cats to sleep on.
What do you wish you had made for a first project? A garter stitch scarf is an ok first project, but it can be long and monotonous. I think a non-garter scarf, a hat or even a cowl would be better. You could finish something quickly without getting bored and learn more than one stitch.
Thats all I have for right now, I am interested to hear what you all have to say.