My New Obsession, I Mean Hobby

I’m learning to knit!! Finally. I’ve wanted to learn for a while, but as a total lefty, it’s hard to find good, simply, understandable instructions. Not only am I a lefty, but I’m more and more a visual/tactile learner as I get older. 

I’m super grateful for my friend Kaye (who is a knitter) who scoured YouTube to find a good video for me. After two false starts, I got going. And haven’t looked back!!

I am completely addicted to knitting! I love the feel of the yarn in my fingers, the click-clack of the needles, the growth of yarn into knitted fabric piling up in my lap. 

I hope my family is prepared. Many of them will receive hand knitted scarves and hats for Christmas this year. I can’t make myself stop!!

2 thoughts on “My New Obsession, I Mean Hobby

  1. YAY! I’m so happy that it’s finally working for you. 😀

    My mom taught me to crochet when I was young enough that I now don’t remember learning. But she never taught me to knit, not really being much of a knitter herself. So, when I decided I wanted to learn about 10 years ago, I did it from a children’s book published at the house where I was then working as an editor. I hadn’t discovered the wonder/joy/black hole that is YouTube knitting videos yet. I made tons of scarves and “lap blankets” those first couple of years. And even though I ended up ripping most of them out and re-balling the yarn to use for something else, the muscle-memory doing all of those created was priceless.

    There’s a lot of emerging psychological research out there about the benefits of hand crafts (knitting and crocheting included) on mental health. Which would explain why, after a long hard summer of seasonal affective disorder that hit me harder than usual this year, I have at least six or seven different crochet projects all going right now, and most people in my family will be getting handmade items for Christmas!

    • I’m finding it super soothing. Which I need right now. But there’s something about it that makes me feel connected to history. Weird. It’s also something creative yet tangible. I need that right now, too. My next scarf I want to incorporate purl stitch. 🙂 You may have created a monster when you found that video for me!! LOL

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