Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Bi-Craftual ~~How I Became A Knitter!
Now before I get started on my tale...let me confess something. I love to crochet..no..I am obsessed with crochet and love the things I am able to create. I have many things that not only brought a big smile to my face but hopefully for those that I bestowed my creations upon.
I first learned to knit in 7th grade. I recall feeling out of place with those two needles. I had no frame of reference since my mother and great-grandmother both crocheted. Anyhoo..I made a scarf..no I made many scarves and gave them away as Christmas gifts to my family. I recall the stitches being very loose and my use of a fingering-weight yarn for babies did not help matters at all. I did not feel the connection I felt when crocheting. At least with crocheting...at that time in my life...I could make a huge granny square. Fast forward to the future....I was watching Knit & Crochet Today on PBS..and Kristin Nicholas was demonstrating knitting the fair isle earflap hat. She was changing colors with ease. I had struggled with changing colors while crocheting a Redskins Afghan for my husband. I became frsutrated and put it away at least 3-4 times over a 2 year period. He became upset with each passing project. I decided to learn to knit so that I could complete the logo for the afghan. I went to Knittinghelp.com, I watched the video to learn how to "Long-tail cast on" and then it all came backto me! I was using size 10 needles with fingering-weight yarn in 7th grade. This time I used size 8 needles with worsted weight yarn! I finally felt comfortable knitting. I not only remembered how to knit..but I also remembered how to purl. Well after that ...I WAS KNITTING! I was so excited..and decided that I paid attention enough and started to make the Redskins logo. I was going wonderfully until I had knitted a few rows with color changes...and noticed that I pulled the yarn too tight when I changed colors. I put it away and decided to consult my knitting buddies about using circular needles instead. OMG...I was at it again and this time I made sure I left enough of the yarn to carry loosley until I needed to u se it. I am now officially becoming Bi-Craftual...a crocheter and now a born-again knitter. Once I finish the Redskin afghan I proclaim myself a knitter. I have enough needles to make anything I want. Look out ya'll NannDee can knit!