I first learned how to knit in seventh grade. My best friend was learning how to knit and it looked amazing. So I asked my mom if I could learn. She bought me a learn to knit kit from Costco and I spent the afternoon trying to learn how to knit via book. It just seemed to hard and I quickly gave it up. The following year knitting was trendy and several of my friends were knitting scarves for themselves. I tried to learn again, figured out stockinette and started a scarf, then put it down. I didn’t pick it back up until I found myself a boyfriend in tenth grade and forced myself to finish the scarf. It even had a few stripes in it. It was a decent first scarf but due to it being stockinette, it rolled like nobody’s business. I stopped knitting in frustration.
Then last year, six years later, as I was moving into my own apartment and my mom was trying to make me take home the last of my things, I found my box of knitting supplies. I found an old pair of needles, some old yarn, and a stitch book I had bought several years ago. I took it home and just tried some new stitches. I wasn’t too excited and was about to toss everything in the donate box, but then I found the internet. And by that I mean I found knitting on the internet; so many instructional videos, forums dedicated to the craft, and ravelry…oh sweet ravelry. With the ease of learning something new and the abundance of inspiration, I knew I found a hobby I would continue to enjoy for years to come.
This past year I have learned new stitches, knitting in the round, how to use DPN’s, how to knit continental, stranded knitting, how to knit hats, socks, blankets, even a cardigan! Below is a round-up of mostly everything I have knit (I forgot to snap pictures of a few).
Not pictured are the Christmas gifts I have already posted, another hat I knitted for my sister, and another easy pair of socks. My first knitting year has definitely been a year of learning.