30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 4

How did you learn how to knit?

For my very first project, way back in 2011, I purchased a kit titled “I Taught Myself How to Knit“. I made the scarf that I talked about on Day 1 of the challenge and promptly stopped knitting after that project. I couldn’t figure out the purl stitch and knew that I didn’t want to make a bazillion scarves. I went back to crocheting, which is something that is near and dear to my heart. My Grandma taught me when I was 8 years old and it’s something I’ve always loved because of the great memories associated with being able to craft with her.

Let’s talk about how I got started again and why it’s turned into such an obsession. I work from home and we had moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Jose, CA in April of 2014. For those of you who work from home, you know that you don’t get to interact with people in person. You don’t get to make friends like you would if you were in a physical location and since I’m an introvert, it’s really hard to get out there and try to make new friends. By February of 2015, even I had had enough of just my husband’s company…plus a book club once a month.

I joined a Meetup group for knitters and nervously brought along my current crochet project, as the group description said that all crafts were welcome. I became fascinated watching everyone with their knit projects, asked a few questions and the journey started. I came home that day and Googled “how to knit”. That’s when my entire world opened up and I found YouTube videos where I could actually pause and rewind over and over. Now, I had used YouTube for crochet but had never ever thought to look up knitting!

I proudly went on to knit a Slip Stitch Honeycomb Ear Warmer for myself all by following this YouTube video!  I was so proud of that Ear Warmer and I got to show it off at our next knitting Meetup during Show and Tell time. That’s how my obsession with knitting started…buying all the things to see what I liked, what I didn’t like, as well as amassing a humongous, gigantic yarn stash. YouTube has really taught me everything that I know about knitting and is a great tool for those that are beginners or getting more and more advanced every day like me.

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Bulky Yarn and Big Needles make for a fast project!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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