My sister knits. My friends knit. I occasionally purchase a skein of soft wool for someone and, the last time I did this, I dropped a business card in the store’s draw for a gift certificate. I also had the Magpie with me and she was absolutely fascinated with all the colours. Of wool and of needles.
I got a call yesterday. I won.
So, the Magpie and I went back to the store today and each got a set of knitting needles and yarn.
The Magpie has purple needles (just in case you thought it might have been any other colour) and two balls of rainbow yarn. I ended up with larger needles and some far-too-fancy yarn. The kind of stuff I won’t touch until I practice on the rainbow stuff for a while.
I’ve started practicing. I think.
I haven’t figured out what to do next. I’m mostly trying to remember what I did to accomplish this so that I can show the Magpie. Patiently…
And then what? Knitting has always seemed like gardening. Or cross-stitching. Or making jewellery. It’s all awesome stuff, but everyone only ever needs so much. I already know how many extra zucchinis, green beans, rhubarb, hand-made soap and dish cloths I get. How many scarves or slippers can the Magpie and I produce and hand around until the recipients are over-saturated with random wool accessories? At what point does a new skill become a burden?
Hm. Maybe I’ll actually get the skill first. Before I worry about over-doing it.
Or at least get the first row off the needle…
What are your favourite websites with clear, easy instructions for knitting beginners??