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Knit One, Purl Who?

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2015-01-09 12.59.51

Three years in a row I’ve had “learn to crochet” on my New Year’s goals list and on Friday afternoon I decided to get going and give it a try. (prompted by being able to finish the baby quilt I’m making since I’m currently without machine and I’ve got all the blocks appliqued and embroidered.)  I had gotten a very simple, clear looking book from the library claiming it could teach “kids of all ages.” Surely I could do this? Well…maybe not. I didn’t give up and definitely had that chain stitch down, but man I had a hard time just seeing through the denseness of the stitches.  Learning new skills is hard!
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.
At some point I switched from trying crochet to trying knitting, as well as getting engaged in a very long email thread with friends who assured me knitting is easier.
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.
Honestly, I found it all very frustrating.  I just feel like I should be able to do this, I guess because it seems like if I have other sewing skills shouldn’t I be able to learn these as well? I took a trip to Michaels to get some less fluffy yarn, hoping that might make it easier to see the stitches (of whatever I was trying.) Would you believe they were having a “yarn event”? Many sales and flyers about classes. It seemed quite serendipitous.  I picked out a couple new yarns and tried again the next day. I also got some bigger knitting needles. Anyway, by this point I seemed to have down making tiny scarves for Barbies.
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.
So, on Sunday I came home from church to find that Paul (who had also gotten needles for himself) had successfully followed the videos and mastered casting on and the knit stitch.
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.
So he showed me and we practiced and practiced.
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.
Someone was heard to say, “This is supposed to be so relaxing it but I find it exceptionally tense!” While another said, “This is so weird I can’t believe anyone ever invented this and figured it out.” The metal needles are very satisfying! I have visions of us companionably knitting next to each other on the couch while watching Downton Abbey.
"Learning  I think we have a long way to go, but I’m pretty pleased with us for trying to learn something new.
Learning New Skills is hard,yo.

Learning New Skills is hard,yo.







About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

4 responses »

  1. So cool!! I learned to crochet when I was a kid, but only learned to knit recently. I find knitting less intuitive than crochet, but I know lots who learned knitting first who say the opposite, which is interesting. I guess whichever you learn first sways you. I swear, though, YouTube videos are a game changer when it comes to learning to knit or crochet (or maybe I’m more of a visual learner than I ever realized- trying to learn via books was a non-starter for me until someone showed me what to do, and then I refresh with YouTube.)

  2. This is awesome! You’re doing great! I have to admit that while I’ve knit for years (learned as a kid), I can only really do a chain stitch in crochet. I am sure that I could teach myself more if I applied myself, but I haven’t found the motivation to do that yet. I’m sure there’s a Youtube channel out there for me whenever I finally decide to do it. 😀

    • Anne, you know I’ve been thinking about you the whole time we’ve been doing this. And absolutely MARVELING at your skill.

      • Aw, thanks! You’ll pick it up, and I’m sure you’ll be feeling more comfy with it in no time!

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