Saturday, October 23, 2010

Learning to Knit

Is there something you've always wanted to do but had no idea where to start? Knitting has been that elusive craft for me. The very idea of yarn and needles conjures images of warm cozy nights with family sitting by a crackling fire as children play games or read books...ah, the sheer delight. Neither of my Grandmothers knitted nor aunts or cousins...not even close friends or colleagues enjoyed this zen-like skill of creating, but I wanted to learn.

I hopped online to see if there might be a local group willing to educate this novice. Sure enough I found a few ladies who met once in a while to teach newbies and my first class was under way. A scarf was in the works, but soon things got busy and these new found techniques just became foggy and faded away.

I was eager to begin again, but hoping to find something closer to home that met more frequently. Sure enough...ask and ye shall find! Turns out my church has a prayer shawl ministry!! A group meets every Sunday afternoon to knit shawls for those in hospice and they were willing to teach! I was so excited...not only am I learning to do something that I've always wanted to do, but I'm also able to give back in some way. Here's my first prayer shawl in process...

Hopefully by next year I will have gained enough experience to knit gifts...I can see scarves, stuffed toys and baby blankets in the future (:

So if there's something you've always wanted to do, go for it!! No time like the present (: Look for those who know how to do what you want to learn and ask if they might be willing to teach. There are tons of videos on You Tube teaching so many things (even knitting) and it's a great resource to get you started. So jump in and enjoy the learning process (:



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22 comments:

  1. Woow bravoo very nice work! I lake it!

    Big kisses and happy weekend.

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  2. Hi Michele,
    How fun and it will be beautiful when finished. To know that your work will make someone happy, warm, and filled with joy is so rewarding. You will receive such a gift back by doing this and lots of fun and new friendships in the process. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes on your knitting journey.
    Blessings to you,
    Celestina Marie

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  3. Michele, I received a prayer shawl while I was going through chemo and radiation for cancer. It too was a gift from a church group. They included a tiny cross tied with a silk ribbon to the inside. They also included a few prayer cards with comforting scripture passages. When I wrapped that shawl around me I felt like I was being hugged, it was soft and warm and comforting. The love you knit into to your shawl will be felt.

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  4. Good for you! I'm a low-level knitter, but it's amazing what you can do with even the most basic knowledge.

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  5. I, too, would love to learn to knit. I just never seem to stop long enough. You have inspired me. I am going to look in my area, too.

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  6. Ha! I am JUST learning how to knit. YouTube was teaching me but realized I was learning how to knit LEFT handed. WAY easier to learn through real people.... though I still just have a few inches of gunk on my needles so maybe I need a miracle to help me.

    Have fun!!!

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  7. oh wow!! wow!! thats simply amazing.. I'm not sure I could do that.. Cant be so patient..

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  8. Yay! How wonderful! Looks like you're doing an amazing job. I was lucky and grew up with a mom who knits. Seemed kind of different when I was a kid, but now my friends all think she's awesome and we have a "craft night" once a month to get together to knit. =) Congratulations!

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  10. I love the photos. I'm so happy for you. I've been knitting a short while. I'm planning on socks after Christmas.

    I hope your lessons go well.
    Laura

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  11. Well done you!
    My mum taught me to knit when I was a little girl but I never really progressed beyond the basics. I'm now trying to improve so that I can knit something a bit more difficult than a scarf. I've also just learned how to crochet.
    Good luck with your new skill - I look forward to seeing some of the things you make x x

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  12. Good job! Go for it! And I'm honored that you're linking up to my Fibers on Friday party! So, I hope to see you back again and again and we'll get to see you progress from the start....awesome!

    http://plumslife.blogspot.com/

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  13. Good for you! It looks like you're off to a great start! Knitting almost become therapeutic once you get the hang of it. :)

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  14. That first photo is so beautiful, I'd have a hard time disturbing the yarn in that basket! I have friends who can knit and visit and knit and watch movies, etc. I can barely knit and do nothing else. They say it takes practice. LOL Guess I better get back to it too. Best wishes with your knitting. It's a wonderful skill!

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  15. knitting is on my list too...but my list is LONG! ;D

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  16. good for you, it's on my to do list but I'm still learning how to sew so it'll be next but OH how I love to peruse and feel all the yarns at the craft shops!

    Here from FF, have a great weekend!

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  17. Congrads on getting started with knitting. It's cool.

    I've spend a lot of time searching/ experimenting with/creating these, but now we have lots of knitting and crochet patterns on our site that you will just loooovveee. (I do).

    Come check them out as they are all FREE AND REALLY COOL. No GRANNY STUFF ;-)

    Rose
    http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

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  18. LOVELY! Your blog is very nice. I love the design. I am your newest follower on google and twitter:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  19. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Good luck on the shawls! What a great cause. I can see many wonderful creations in your future!

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  20. Awesome. I love knitting. I started about two years ago, but I really have SO MUCH to learn! The cooler weather always inspires me to pick it up again!

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  21. I have had people teach me the beginner steps twice now and I still do not knit! I have forgotten how to knit I think! I suppose sometime I need to step away from the laptop and see about that. :P

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  22. I've always wanted to learn to knit. It looks like you've picked it up really well. Can't wait to see all of the knitting projects you do.

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