I learned how to knit when I was 8 years old. My mother gave me some old white yarn, and taught me the basic stitch. I knitted on that same piece for a year or more, though it never seemed to gain any length. It probably started out with about 30 stitches, but since I was learning, did not end with that few. In fact, I somehow picked up so many stitches that eventually they did not all fit on the needle. There were so many holes and gaps that I don’t know why I continued to work on it for so long. Practice, I suppose.
I knit for a few years, working up to some truly heinous scarves in various colors, but all with eyelash yarn. I don’t know why my mom let me out of the house with them. What a sight I must have been: wearing old t-shirts with cats and Pokemon printed on, and “glamourous” scarves that I knit myself. I’m glad that my family doesn’t take pictures.
Anyway, I stopped knitting when I was around 13. I went to high school and was very involved in the Robotics program, so I kind of lost any hobbies.
Fast forward: Junior year of college. I was living in the dorms as an RA, and was required to hang around the building a lot. I was browsing the internet for hobbies to pick up when I saw this: the Purlbee Bandana Cowl. For some reason, it was the most perfect thing I had ever seen. Even though I hadn’t touched my needles in years, I decided I HAD to do this.
I had my mom send me our old needles, and she sent me a lovely blue yarn. And I did it. I knit it. I somehow conquered purling and short rows, even though I had never heard of advanced knitting techniques before. Here I am today, wearing my cowl:
And that’s what got me back into knitting. I love wearing this underneath my favorite fall/spring jacket, which is a navy wool and military style.
I’ll be using this blog to display other projects that I’ve worked on or completed.
Once summer starts, and once I can read for fun again, I’ll also be using it to write book reviews. I’ll be graduating with a literature degree, but I promise my reviews will be easy to understand and honest!