|[Koolhaas hat pattern by Brooklyn Tweed and yarn by Malabrigo]|
One of Kirk's Christmas presents was a hat actually knitted by me. There was a little bit of joking that the hat would be done for Christmas 2012, since I am not a fast nor an experienced knitter. The last hat I did was when my niece was born...and I can remember when I finally cinched the top up I was so ecstatic that it was actually a hat.
Then one year when Dottie was out for a visit we decided that I should tackle another hat and we would do it together [her being the experienced knitter]. She ended up finishing hers, but I didn't finish mine before she passed away. I tucked all my stuff away after that.
Now some four years have passed and with all the new yarns and patterns that have come out I decided to actually take it back up and really teach myself how to knit. I have some experiencing crocheting so working with fiber isn't entirely new - working with two or four needles at time; that's new.
Thankfully my friend Lynne told me about KnittingHelp.com some time ago and I can't say enough about this site. I always have it loaded up on my iPad and sitting right next to me when I was knitting this hat. I would watch the videos over and over again until I would get the flow. If you want to start knitting and you don't have a local yarn shop for classes this is the next best thing!
The next inspiring place that I frequent is Ravelry. If you are a member please find me under paulamw. There are so many things I love about this site - the needle chart has saved me several times buying duplicate needles. I can access the site via my iPhone and see on the chart which needles I have. Keeping track of my projects in progress and ones that I have lined up has been very helpful. You can also keep track of all your favorite projects from other members or designers.
One of my Christmas presents to myself was to join Mad About Tosh Club [MATC] at Twisted in Portland, Or. What was even better is two of my friends joined me too! So we are ready to meet up every other month and work on our club project...fiber and wine!
That is my knitting journey so far - there will be many, many more stories to come this year. I am hoping to pick up the Dottie hat and finish it in memory of her!