October marks my One Year Knitting Anniversary.
According to Ravelry, I have knit a total of 38 projects since that very first cast-on. It was Jaime who patiently taught me how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch. It was last October, and our Mom in the hospital and was very, very sick; we were spending 8-10 hours a day just sitting in her room waiting for her to get better. One morning Jaime showed up with some bright blue yarn and a pair of size 8 bamboo knitting needles.
She patiently showed me how to do a long-tail cast-on and the simple knit stitch. She thought knitting would be a good way to pass the time, but it ended up being so much more than that. Slowly, the conversations shifted from heart illnesses and transplants to dropped stitches and Mom’s stories about how she used to crochet growing up. It was therapeutic and uplifting for all of us, I think, as we sat and giggled about the hideous blue monster growing on my needles…
By the time Mom was released, I had really gotten the hang of knitting and purling. Jaime and I decided to visit a local yarn store called Stitches with Style. When I walked in, I felt amazingly at home – there was so much yarn in so many different textures and colors – it was like being a kid in a candy store, a feeling I still get whenever I walk in there.
After walking around for at least an hour, touching the skeins and looking at the beautiful work displayed around the shop, I finally settled on some Lanaloft Wool in a reddish-pink colorway. It was with this yarn that I knit my first real scarf. While admiring my finished creation, I noticed that the first half of the scarf looked slightly different from the second half – I made the rookie mistake of not checking the dye lots. I still buy my all of my yarn from that little shop. They are always so helpful and nice and happily, they are just down the block!
Since that first real scarf, there have been lots of other ‘firsts’ – the first baby hat:
The first lace and sweater:
The first cables:
The first knitting in the round:
What a joyous moment that was – no purling! There was the first charity knitting, for Lucinda and her Cooper:
My first original pattern:
It would be impossible to list all of them. Each project has been a learning experience, and each mistake has been invaluable in helping me become a better knitter.
Knitting sometimes conjures up images of little old ladies sitting in rocking chairs, so I was completely surprised by the huge, amazingly talented community of young knitters that are out there.
Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood, Susan Anderson, Wenlan Chia – they are all classic and edgy and vibrant, and continue to be a true source of inspiration. There is never a day when I am not browsing the amazing knitting on Ravelry – the creativity that is out there is simply astounding.
I am so excited about this next year of knitting and for all of the new ‘firsts’ I’ll get to experience. And I will forever be thankful to my sister for giving me this wonderful gift.
Have a great weekend! ~Jenny