Well, it’s official. I’m a knit-wit. I never considered myself a knitter by any means. I would always try to teach myself to learn, but would find the diagrams in my learning-to-knit books confusing or I would get really aggravated when I dropped a stitch. I would eventually retreat to my safe world of crochet out of shame and frustration. Sure I could have joined some knitting group and tried to learn, but I was to shy or too proud to admit that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing and ask for help.
So I put my knitting needles away for a number of years until one day my best friend announced she was pregnant. I was so ecstatic at the news that I knew I wanted to make her something special. Now my friend was already an excellent fellow crocheter and was already working on making things for her little bun in the oven. I didn’t want to give her something that she could easily make herself so I took up my knitting needle once again and attempted my first blanket ever. Up until now, I never completed any of knitting projects I tried to make when I was a young.
To start, I dug through all of my old vintage books and found a really old ‘Baby’s First Blanket’ pattern from Boye’s “I Taught Myself Knitting” (1988) booklet. This was a very simple project to start out with that I was fairly confident that I could do it in enough time. Being that I have been an avid crocheter since 1987, suffice to say I have built a rather significant yarn stash. It wasn’t hard for me to find the perfect yarn color based on the colors my friend was building the baby’s room around- lime green. The yarn was actually a vintage yarn from the 70’s that I had laying around for long time.
I began the project at the beginning of mid-July and as you can see, thirty days later, I have completed my very first project ever! To complete my gift to my friend for her baby shower, I picked up this cute baby giraffe to go with the blanket- isn’t he the cutest? The day of the baby shower and the unveiling of this blanket was met with many compliments and most importantly made my friend was very grateful for the handmade gift.
This project was definitely a confidence builder to the point that I wanted to start this blog. Even though I have crocheted most of my life, I have become very bored with crochet and always preferred the look of knitting but never had the confidence to stick with it. So the purpose of this blog is to chronicle my knitting journey as I pick up new projects and skills and share what I have learn with any readers that are interested in my journey.
Hopefully I will stay motivated- wish me luck!
Editors Note: This entry was transferred from a dead blog site to this new WordPress site -no one ever visited the old one 😦 So here is to new beginnings…