Can I let you in on a secret? I hate relaxing. I know that sounds insane, but it is true. I find relaxing very unrelaxing. Just sitting there drives me crazy. After I have a baby, I manage to spend the first day in bed with the new baby because the midwives pretty much force me to. The next day, I sit on the couch downstairs in my p.j.s and after that, I just can’t stand it anymore and I get up and get dressed and start back into life. Knitting has been my sanity saver during forced ‘relaxation’. I didn’t realize how much I would love it when I first started learning about 2 years ago.
Why do I love knitting?
- it is productive
- the finished projects can be very useful
- I can still be ‘social’ when knitting
- it is very portable, unlike my other favourite hobby – sewing
- I can pick it up and put it down easily
- it makes me feel smart!
- it is not overly costly
- it is beautiful
As you know, socks are my favourite thing to knit, probably because no matter how fast I knit them, we can never have too many. They are such a useful, luxurious and beautiful thing to make. Contrary to popular belief, they are not hard at all. I started my first pair of socks about two weeks after I started knitting.
Lots of people start knitting by making a scarf. If you are thinking of learning to knit, I would encourage you to consider making a dishcloth for your first project. The yarn costs very little, the dishcloth is immediately useful and, therefore, gives you the instant gratification you need to get you excited about your new hobby. There is a terrific yahoogroup called, Monthly Dishcloths. Twice a month, the list owner will e-mail out about 9 or 10 lines of a simple pattern everyday for about 5 days and everyone knits the dishcloths together. The first pattern of the month is a seasonal picture and the second one is a repeating pattern with a new ‘stitch’ to learn. Both are perfect for learning to knit, as you can practice your skills on something that doesn’t need to have a specific gauge. The picture above is the dishcloth we just finished. (It is a skate, if you can’t tell!!) It used only knit and purl stitches, perfect for the beginning knitter. And, knitted dishcloths are wonderful to use.