A lot of my old friends are perplexed that I knit. They are even more surprised that I enjoy it.
I, myself, am confused as to why I’ve aged 40 years in the hobby department. I still pick up my 40D these days for photo sessions but I find myself picking up my knitting needles more.
I remember how it started. I was browsing through the shopping site etsy.com when I came across a photograph of a baby wearing a sack hat and an elf hat. The photography aspect of it appealed to me at first and I wanted to try out the photo on my little girl using the knitted props.
So I searched for the prices online for a baby sack hat and elf hat. I was disappointed to find that they were either too expensive or really hard to find. I realised I could easily ask my mother-in-law to knit it for me, and I did. Within a week she sent me four sack hats for MiniMe.
But then I wanted the elf hat too and by this time, I was already feeling embarrassed for demanding so much from mum. So I asked her if she could give me the pattern for the elf hat and I’ll do it myself. Yes, she was surprised too, but she had more faith in me than my old friends.
There are only a few moments in my life when I am absolutely certain I’d succeed in a project. For some reason, I never doubted I could learn how to knit. I bought my supplies, got the patterns and went on youtube for how-to videos. I even asked my cleaning lady to teach me and she was a great help.
I started on mohair, which was a bad idea since it was a difficult yarn for beginners. I bought 4ply yarn after dumping the mohair task and started knitting – again a bad idea because it will take you 20,000 years to finish something on 4ply yarn. So after three inches of “scarf”, I dumped that project. By now I was getting antsy, I needed something more challenging than a scarf. In comes the sack hat pattern.
I knitted three sack hats in a month and went to elf hats after that. Now, I’m googling patterns online and mixing yarns together. My next target is a summer dress for MiniMe. Yes, I am so addicted.
Who would have thought eh?