I’m trying to make a blanket
The past few nights I’ve been trying to knit for at least an hour a day. I just learned the basics two weeks ago.
I’m going to tell you right now that no one will ever get a hand knitted anything from me.
This stuff takes forever. And I’m just doing the basic knit.
And whoever said you could just do it in front of the TV and watch a movie must have two brains to keep track of a knit, purl, or how many cast ons or rows they have done because I hush Mr. Wonderful as I’m casting on stitches so I don’t have to recount to 39 or 161.
I was in the aisle selecting my yarn, being overly ambitious on my skills and looking at knitting books looking at patterns I couldn’t understand wishing I could just advance to make every person on my Christmas list a sweater in an hour. I cannot wrap my head around how these things are created, how my mother just learned on her own and can visually look at something and just do it. I’m amazed how my friend Angel can create such Anthropologie like creations for her little girl.
But I am assuming understanding how to crochet and knit is similar to making a friendship bracelet. You get the basics down, do it enough times, and eventually you can figure it out and learning gets easier. I see those rubberband loom kit bracelet things and I swear that is the gateway for young girls to get good at knitting. Brilliant. Maybe I should start with that instead.
Then I realize I’m a little hard on myself. The truth is, I dislike the feeling of being a beginner, and not an expert. I want to be the best at everything and naturally. And if I’m not good at it naturally, well, I quit. It’s the creative girl in me that thinks creativity is a natural trait, not a forced one. Where as I admire athletes and their mental discipline to just get better at it and continually do it.
So I hate being a beginner, but we must all start as one, right? No one skips to advanced without learning the basics. So, here I am humbled again by knitting, of all things.
Diana Elizabeth says really, have you ever knitted? It takes forever.