I’m going to use these as topics when I’m clueless but want to write. I’m talking to myself again.
If you’re on my FB you’ve seen my knitting album. For those that aren’t on my FB, I started knitting on Dec 11…I remember it because it was the night of my Daughter-in-law(to be)’s birthday. My Mother-in-law was knitting as she always does – she claims it relaxes her and gets rid of her nervous energy, so she makes dishcloths and scarves. Anywho, I’m a sucker for crafty things, and new things, and I used to watch my mom crochet (I can crochet a chain!), so I picked up MIL’s extra needles and a ball of yarn and sat next to her and she showed me a few stitches.
Now that I look back on my first sample it looks awful! My MIL said I would be surprised how much I learned just by doing that first project and being able to look back and see what I did wrong.
The first few hours of doing this was NOT relaxing, not fun and did not make me feel crafty. It takes patience, math skills, and the ability to multitask to truly get into knitting. After that first night, I got the main stitch down and now can do it while talking, watching a movie, or a number of other things. It has become my FAVORITE hobby out of scrapbooking, making jewelry, sewing and every other crafty thing I like to do.
Knitting is cheap, easy, non-messy, can travel, and keep you entertained when you wish to be otherwise entertained from life. I am an anxious person, so to keep my focus OFF of waiting, being anxious or something I don’t want to be doing, knitting is a lifesaver.
I’ve shown J, my daughter how to do it, and she picked it up immediately, so we now have a common thread. (HA!) I also have knitted 3 scarves, learned how to make a ribbed pattern, I’m working on cables and studying hats and socks for my next projects.
So, to answer the question, I can stay busy by knitting. Even when it’s not snowing. When the snow comes Monday night, I’ll be knitting, just like I am every other night.
On a side note, knitting relaxes me immensely now that I can do it without thought…which makes me much more pleasant to be around – I think. At least I feel more relaxed, we’ll have to ask Big Daddy what he thinks.
Here are some of the “finished products” now that I know what I’m doing.