I want to knit.
I never….*ever*… thought I would say that, but it’s true.
This came about mostly from receiving my Wearing History “Smooth Sailing” trousers last December, and wanting to wear them with some awesome vintage style sweaters (it being cold).
But I didn’t have any. A fruitless shopping excursion did not result in any either. I tried to alter some sweaters I already had, with some minor sortof-success, but in comparison to something like this…
…my feeble sweater re-fashions just weren’t hitting the mark.
So what’s a girl to do? Learn to knit, of course!
I ordered Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, which came by Amazon slow-boat, and it arrived a few days ago. I acquired knitting needles and yarn and all the accessories yesterday. Then I went for it.
And I learned very quickly…knitting is hard.
Knitting is HARD.
I know it’ll get easier as I get more experienced. By the end of my three hours worth of knitting last night, I had a better rhythm, more even stitches, and a whopping 4 inches of scarf done, but my hands hurt, and I felt like I spent a lot of time getting nowhere.
But then I have to remember my first sewing projects, and how bad they were, but I just kept making stuff until eventually I was proficient (I won’t say good, because I still possess the skill to utterly destroy an “easy” Simplicity pattern).
…the call of the vintage sweaters is strong, though. I want to make this…
…and these. All of them. …
So I will keep practicing my knitting, and eventually I will figure out how to make sweaters. I might be 50 years old when that happens, though!