This has been my couch position every January for the past three years. I pick up the bamboo needles once again in hopes of mastering the art of knitting. And all of the supplies are promptly banished in February for lack of instruction from someone else who really *gets* this whole knitting thing.
It was the last week of December and I thought, "I am not going to let this whole knitting failure thing keep me from trying to learn once again!" So I emailed a local yarn shop to ask when the beginner class would begin... and when the response came, I immediately signed up. This past Tuesday and this next Tuesday are my final attempts in seeking to learn this soothing (sometimes!) meditative (mostly!) craft.
In my knitting meanderings, I have found a few things to be helpful:
- Get a real-life teacher. Someone who really knows what they are talking about and have the completed projects to prove it.
- When away from real-life teacher, these are great videos to help you when you get stuck.
- Buy yarn and needles that you love...because you sit and touch both of those for long periods of time.
- The book Kids Knitting is a great resource....for ADULT beginners! Simple thoughtful instructions with easy projects. I checked it out from our local library.
- Knit with a goal. I find it easy to give up on learning a new skill when I don't know why I am even doing it to begin with. Finding out about the new Craft Hope project really encouraged me to follow-through and complete a project this time! Blessing others with our skills is a beautiful thing.