Monday, March 31, 2008

First Post

Well, I guess the beginning's as good a place as any to start. Right?

I've been dabbling in knitting since fall of 2007. I had heard the call to be creative, to make something, and decided that knitting would be my outlet. The best part about it was that I could start with easy things, like scarves, hats, etc and make them for people. Nothing's more rewarding than seeing a person's face when you hand them something that was made just for them, and no one has anything like it.

So I went out and bought the book "Knitting and Crocheting for Dummies." It came with 2 pairs of knitting needles and a crochet hook. It has good illustrations and step-by-step instruction. It also included a few starter patterns. I picked up the knitting bug really fast, and soon realized how easy it was to be addicted to yarn.

Ahhh, yarn. I love the way it feels wrapped around my fingers. Warm, soft and comforting. I enjoy walking through craft sections of any store, just to see what sort of new yarns are awaiting to be made up into a new project.

So far I've made at least 10 scarves, 4 hats, baby blankets and a couple handbags.

I just recently learned to knit on circular and double pointed needles, which will broaden my hat-making horizons. I've also just got myself invited to Ravelry, which also sparked my interest in starting a blog about my adventures in knitting.

Now I just need to learn more stitches, maybe learn to crochet as well (crochet seems a little more summer-friendly). I'm excited to put this skill to more serious uses, possibly making hats to donate to chemo patients or whoever else needs something cozy and comforting.
And I'm excited to share my progress with you. :)