Maybe I should have said “My new addiction”. I am finally really learning how to knit.
It all began last January, when my daughter Heather was visiting us in Norway. She had brought her knitting with her, and that prompted me to get out my collection of needles and yarn. You see, almost as soon as I arrived in Norway, I had been seduced by the proliferation of yarns and patterns in the shops, and by the fact that almost every Norwegian woman that I knew kitted. But I hadn’t had the courage to actually get my purchases out of the closet.
Heather had learned to knit from a friend in the UK. When I was young, my mother had taught me the Scandinavian way, which I still believe is much simpler and uses a lot less energy. So Heather and I surfed the net, and came upon some good YouTube videos that showed us how it was done. I remembered the kit part, but purling defied my memory.
After several false starts, I decided that I really didn’t want to knit a scarf anyways, and that dish towels, I could practice on and use. Armed with this Norwegian book of 250 patterns,+ and a translation sheet –
and a set of bamboo needles, I worked off and on over the spring and summer, practicing on fancy squares with cotton yarn. I finally learned the difference between knit and purl, and didn’t have to relearn the purl bit every time I picked up the needles.
I learned that I could usualy count to 5 and still talk to someone.
I bought yarn and dreamed of my big project – to make a winter hat for my granddaughter, just like the ones my Mom had made for my three girls when they were young.
and girded my loins for the big day I would begin this project. I had never knit anything that wasnt straight and flat, never read a knitting pattern
This fall, I got busy. After all, this has to be finished in time to send by post all the way from Eastern Russia to Calgary.
I’m almost done – and just realized that I hadn’t taken even one photo of the process. With the help of several internet sites, I have learned to increase and decrease, and now, to pick up stitches from the edge of a knit piece.I know now that, with my inclination to knit quite tightly, bamboo needles are not the best tools for me.
This knitting can get under one’s skin.