About three years ago I revisited knitting. I remember learning to do all kinds of needle crafts as a girl. Both of my grandmothers taught my sister and me to embroider, crochet, sew, and knit. The sewing part never worked out for me. As a Brownie in Girl Scouts we had to sew a "sit upon"--your basic square mat. Mine looked more like a rumbus. Sewing is not my thing. Jack says a button fell off his shirt. So? What do you want me to do about it? Hate. It. If there are two lines, one for a beating and one for sewing, I'm in the line for a beating.
However, knitting and crocheting always worked well for me, so I stuck to it. As a young girl I crocheted a lot. Mainly dumb stuff like doileys and placemats--your basic rectangles. Then as a teenager I got away from crafts and onward to better things like dancing, boys, and rock 'n' roll.
Our bodies have a kinetic memory. When I got back to knitting as an adult, it was like riding a bike. Only this time I had the patience and interest to improve. I started with wash cloths just to get back into the groove. It was also easy to try new stitches with a wash cloth project. Then I looked around for small projects, ones that would be satisfying in that you could create something within a short amount of time. Large clothing objects like sweaters hold zero interest for me. I settled on socks, and I found a new passion. What fun!
At first my socks had two or three boo-boo's. They were fixable, but they were boo-boo's. Then I improved my skills and started knitting socks with zero mistakes. Now I looked around for patterns that would stretch my skills. I found an awesome web site called knitting help.com. The videos were just what I needed to learn some new stitches. I bought some pattern books and downloaded some patterns from the web. Now I'm making lace patterns in the socks, leaf patterns, and cables.
I found this quote in a knitting calendar I had last year and really liked it. I share it with you now:
A Prayer Before KnittingA blessing to my knitting to be a work of heart and hands, body and spirit
A blessing on the one who passed this ancient art to me
A blessing on the one who will receive the fruit of my prayer and my knitting
I don't have a picture of any of my knitted items. I seem to always give them away as gifts. And that is why I knit--to be able to give something I made to someone and have them enjoy it. It's such a satisfying and wonderful hobby.