Hooked on Needles

Friday, June 6, 2008

Two needles and NO hook? You've GOT to be kidding!

Having been a crocheter for the majority of my lifetime, learning to knit was not something that came naturally to me. It was a skill I always admired in others and something I secretly wished I could do, but having tried unsuccessfully to teach myself a few times and having no one to show me, I relegated that skill to my list of things I just wasn't cut out for, along with such things as rock climbing, keeping a pristinely clean house, speed reading, gourmet cooking and passing up a good bargain.

And then my mother-in-law broke her knee. As Bert in Mary Poppins says, it was a for-too-ishus circumstance. She came to live with us for a few months while she recovered, and brought along some knitting supplies to keep herself busy. One day when she was feeling particularly brave, she insisted that I learn to knit. I must say it was the most awkward thing I have ever attempted in my life, save perhaps swinging a golf club.

She made me stick to it though, and before long I had knitted a bright yellow scarf for my daughter and matching mittens. I still have the mittens after 15 years. I laugh every time I look at them. They are two different sizes, a ghastly shade of eye-popping yellow, and the finishing work is not what anyone would ever call professional. But I had done it. I had learned to knit. Thank you, Pat!

Since then, I have knitted countless baby sweaters, big sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, vests, and blankets for friends and family. My favorite quick project which I do to use up leftover yarn is knitting hats for the new babies in our local hospital. A nurse friend of mine works in the nursery and she tells me that they don't have too many handmade hat suppliers anymore so she always welcomes a new stash of hats for the new babies.

Next time, I will share pictures of some recent knitting projects. Coming soon will be directions for making your own baby hats in knit and crochet and eventually some video tutorials for beginners to learn how to knit and make beautiful and useful things. Stay tuned!

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