Almost 2 years ago, I taught myself how to knit. I had been crocheting since my Grandmother taught me when I was a kid. But one day I had decided I wanted to be all crafty because my art skills suck and I’d start making stuff!
For the first year I practiced my stitches, learning cables and all kinds of cool things but I was pretty much just making things that were square. Or square-ish. Ya know, scarves and little blankets.
Some time last year I got sick of all things square and was all OMG I’m going to make a sweater!
Yeah right Ash. Yeah right.
First I taught myself how to make mittens. Because making a sweater isn’t easy and I wasn’t going to invest that much money into buying nice yarn for something that had lopsided sleeves and a buttons that don’t line up.
So I practiced.
Many of my friends were the recipients of my “practice”. Yeah I’m talking about you people that got fingerless mitts for Christmas! After knitting almost a dozen mittens, I decided I was going to teach myself how to make SOCKS. Newsflash….socks are a bitch to knit because you’re using super fine yarn and itty bitty needles. But I’m now obsessed with sock knitting. Oh the patterns and the options! So much fun.
I’ve also picked out my sweater pattern, purchased my yarn and started knitting! But knitting a sweater requires focus because the pattern is intricate. So I’m switching between working on my sweater and knitting socks because I can’t work on my sweater while watching TV. Socks are great because they’re small and light andrepetitive. I can knit while watching TV, shove that crap in my purse when I go to my parent’s place or cart it around with me wherever I go (not quite at the knitting on the train to work stage but it’s possible).
But what’s so great about it all is other knitters!!
Knitters are cool!
They’re young (old ladies at heart though), they’re funny, they’re friendly and they’re EVERYWHERE. There’s a bunch of knitting and yarn shops in Toronto and every one I’ve been to has been fun and filled with friendly people. I follow a few YouTube gals that do online knitting tutorials and guess what? You have a question and they will answer the shit out of it! Even at the stores, I mentioned something in passing and this woman was like, oh here I’ll show you how to do that. Knitters love teaching other knitters. They swap patterns the way our mom’s swapped cookie recipes. And it’s fun.
So yeah, I’ve turned into a little old lady carrying around her knitting bag. And guess what? I’m damn proud of it.
And some more knitting humor for you….
Btw….if you want to see samples of my mad knitting skills….feel free to follow me on Instagram (tahtashgirl83) where I post pictures of my cat, my knitting and random crap