K is for Knitting
O-K...it's time for the letter K!
KnittingI took up the art of knitting nearly ten years ago and haven't regretted it at all. One day a friend decided that she wanted to learn the wonderful art of knitting, so we took a day long class at a local craft store and a new passion was born! Since learning, I've further cemented the idea that I'm an "old lady" in the minds of nearly everyone I come into contact with. Honestly, I'm okay with that :) I remember trying to learn how to crochet as a child and never caught on (my brother was quite good at it, though I doubt he could crochet a chain today), but for some reason knitting came much easier. I recently tried to crochet again...(k)abysmal, (k)atrocious, (k)asymmetrical outcomes. Over the past few years, though, I've had opportunities to teach people how to knit, which is always fun. The most commonly used method of knitting in the English-speaking world is English-knitting where you throw the yarn around the needles. This is what I do (though it makes purling more difficult). However, for some odd reason everyone I've taught to knit practices the Continental method where you pick the yarn with your needle. I have absolutely no idea how this happened, because I can't knit that way, but there you have it. Regardless of my lack-luster knitting skills when it comes to teaching, I find the actual act of knitting incredibly calming and therapeutic. One thing that is discouraging: having my hands ache after a long knitting session when I haven't knitted in a while (I tend to lose track of time).
Though rather dry, this video is a great tutorial for English Style Knitting from Knitpicks.
Have a great Thursday!