I have been trying off and on to learn how to knit for the past 20 years. Ok, so it’s been more off than on, but on multiple occasions, I’ve sat down to learn and but felt like I had two left hands. My mom is an excellent knitter – and I think the last time she helped me I would have caught on, if it weren’t for the fact that I was pregnant and my hands kept going numb! I’m sure my problem is that I have never stuck with it long enough for it to sink in.
So now that the kids are a bit older and my hands don’t go numb on me, I’ve decided this is the year to defeat my kryptonite and learn how to knit. I’m always asking my mom and mother-in-law to make things for me, so I’m sure they’d both be quite happy if I’d learn how to do it for myself! My mother-in-law is here for a couple weeks, so I got out my supplies (that my mom and mother-in-law have given me over the years!) before she arrived so I’d be ready. I’ll keep you posted on my progress! I mean, if Hollywood can knit, surely I can too, right? My parents are hoping to come visit in March, and hopefully by then I’ll have the basics down and she can help me take the next step!
I can’t knit either. I was taught when I was 5 or 6, and again 2 years ago. I honestly have no desire to re-learn, though. I’ll just ask YOU to knit things for me! I think the trick is to keep practicing–like every night while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune to knit. Right after rubbing on Ben-Gay and drinking your Metamucil. (smiles 😉
cindy johnston says
ha! i had the same thought over christmas. in fact, bob’s g’ma taught me the basics christmas eve and i’ve been trying to do a scarf ever since. basically, i’m just trying to get the technique down. there are holes where i missed a stitch but it’s getting there. frustrating me no end because it should be easier than this. :o)
Jennifer Griffin says
I used to knit when I was young. My granny Hefner taught me how. We used to make a lot of dish rags. Noah stayed with her for a few days and guess what she taught him?? Yep. 🙂 He loved it! There are these new knitting supplies that look like different sized circles? They make cute hats, etc. I want to try them. I have a friend who loves them and her kids make cute hats too! Have fun learning!
I’m sure once you get the technic down you will be knitting along and wondering why you didn’t stick with it earlier. BTW knitting is not an older persons craft anymore there are more and more young people picking it up and enjoying it. We had some dental students from OSU come to our volunteers in TLL and ask them to teach them to knit to help with their dexterity with the dental profession. How about that? 🙂 One of my web newsletters for knitting has a contest to see how many “I spys” you can find on tv with people knitting. It’s starting to pop up quite regularly in tv shows and commercials. Any who…have a great time learning you have a great teacher @ hand to help you!
Story Girl says
Ah yes, thanks for all the encouragement everyone!! I started this afternoon while the kids were (not) napping, and so far so good! I have something that actually looks correct!!
Jennifer, you are referring to knitting looms. I have a couple sets of those and have had a grand time making hats and scarves and bags. They are super fast and easy! You’ll love them.
Good luck on the scarf, Cindy! I’m sure you’ll catch on quickly.
Jenna, I’ll be happy to knit things for you. I owe someone for all the years I asked my Mom and Mother-in-law to knit things for me! Now, let me got find my Ben-Gay 🙂
Mom, you’ll be proud of my progress so far. All your years of helping me is finally sinking in!