Welcome to Week 3 of “52 New Things”
This week’s adventure was a ‘crafts’/life experience category. This weeks task is probably one of the harder ones for me to do: KNITTING. For those who do not know me – I am not crafty or artistic at all. The closest thing to crafts that I like to do is photography, and even with that I drop the ball half the time (my wedding photos are still in a box!). So, a few friends suggested that I add knitting to the list of things to try. Well, oh joy, I thought! But on the list it went!
So the first thing to do in order to knit was go to a craft store. I do not go into craft stores or craft sections. EVER. Other than picking up some large picture frames, I don’t think I’ve ever gone into Michael’s craft store on my own business. So off Max and I went to Michael’s to pick up some yarn and knitting needles. Apparently there was a large sale on, so everyone and their brother was at Michael’s buying crafts. I quickly picked up a pair of needles and some yarn in colours that I liked. I did not pay attention to the kinds of yarn or anything like that. I just picked on colour alone.
Of course as I was picking up yarn I remembered that wool and I do not get along……
I saw some ‘How to Knit’ books there, but I was not about to spend $20 on a knitting book (plus I was super confused). There are videos and help websites all over the place, and there is also the library. In order to learn how to knit, I watched a couple of youtube videos and looked at a website. As I predicted, the videos helped me more in the long wrong. The plan was just to do a knit stitch and stick with that. I had to learn how to cast on and off, roll a ball of yarn (WHY DON’T THEY SELL IT LIKE THAT?!?!), and obviously, how to do the knit stitch.
Rolling the yarn was simple. As was casting on (didn’t need to watch a video). But the knit stitch? Well….let’s just say it took me about 1.5 hrs to figure out that I was doing the whole thing ass-hat backwards. After watching a more clear video, I finally got the hang of it. After a bit I realized that I probably caste on a few too many stitches and that knitting anything substantial would take too long. Another realization was that knitting brings out my little repetitive strain thing in my shoulder than took 3 massage therapy sessions to work out.
So I started all of this on Tuesday. With working on it a few rows at a time – I finally finished at 12 rows on Saturday morning. I then learned how to caste off and boom done.
What did I make you ask?
Well – it is a pen holder cozy! Oh yeah – super talent over here!
So – will I continue with my knitting adventures? Maybe, maybe not. Knitting isn’t really my thing and as I mentioned it kind of made my right arm hurt a bit. Quite honestly, I would rather go out running in the cold than knit. I do, however, want to thank all the ladies that have ever made a knitting object for myself and Max – it does take a long time to make large knit articles!
Next up for Week 4 – Buy an entire outfit at a second hand shop. Woooo adventurous!