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Calling all Fairweather Knitters: Notes from a Wannabe Knitter

Have you ever picked up a set of knitting needles? A few years back, there was no way I could ever conceive of sitting in one place long enough to knit something even slightly recognizable. It’s not that I didn’t have the patience for it, I’ve been known to spend something like sixteen hours braiding my hair (in my pre-university days), but braiding hair and knitting a sweater were two very different things. I had always thought that I lacked the imagination to create something beautiful, however, an unexpected opportunity presented itself.

While spending Christmas in England a few of years back, my family and I were all sitting around a warm fire, yukking it up over some holiday flick, and my mother-in-law was knitting a fabulous scarf. I had no idea that she was an accomplished knitter, and I was fascinated both at the speed of which she was knitting, as well as the design. After a brief discussion over the perceived difficulty of knitting, and her project in particular, the very next day, she had us marching off to the local wool shop to hunt around for a pattern she thought I would like. Within 24 hours, I was gingerly making my foray into the world of knitting and before I knew it, this beautiful Sirdar sweater pictured above, began to take shape on my newly purchased knitting needles!

Right. So that was almost three years ago. And this is as far as I got. I’m almost ashamed to admit that it’s taken me nearly three years to knit one half of a sweater, and admittedly, misery loves company, so if you’re one of those people with an unfinished knitting project from seasons ago, drop me a comment. I have decided to make a public promise to finish my sweater by Christmas of this year. I’m not a total lost cause. I have managed to whip up a number of scarves over the years, nothing too complicated, but all pieces that I’ve either given away as gifts or incorporated into my essential winter wardrobe. But I’m desperate to move beyond scarves. I have a stack of fantastic knitting books taunting me in my office, with hundreds of amazing patterns that I’m dying to try out. It’s just all a matter of finding the time in between research papers, reading assignments and blogging.

So, what knitting projects do you have on the go? Do you have pics? Where do you get your patterns from? Don’t forget to leave comments below with your blog so we can all check out your masterpieces!

 

Jordana is a Canadian based travel author, travel manager, and anthropology graduate with a passion for all things cultural.

4 Comments

  • Jordana

    Thanks doll, that cabling almost got the best of me. An Afghan takes FOREVER! Kudos to you for tucking into one in the first place. I would love to learn how to make slippers. For me, it’s reading the patterns that makes my eyes go cross-eyed. It’s like a whole other ‘crafty’ language that I can’t seem to penetrate!

  • allythebell

    Ha. I have so many unfinished knitting projects it’s not even funny. The most complicated at the moment are a set of slippers I started two years ago, a baby sweater for a child who is now 8, and an afghan for my brother’s wedding, which, as you know, was last July. I think knitting and I will never really be friends. Plus I never really got past knit and purl – your cabling is gorgeous.

  • Jordana

    It is definitely therapeutic! I’ve also read that knitting is an activity that experts encourage to stave off memory loss, and we could all use a little help with memory retention! It’s also just neat to be able to create a work of art. I can’t paint (like you!) or draw, so I figured this could be my art if I ever get good enough!

  • Diana Stevan

    You’re tempting me to knit. I did do some when I was newly married but that was so long ago. I tried again a few years back. I knitted a few scarves for my granddaughters. They were so bad, I kept dropping stitches. I wouldn’t mind trying again. I think it’s very therapeutic. Good luck with your sweater. Great pattern!

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