Knit Me Not

The desire to knit was sudden. It happened one Christmas, as I was going through some of my mom’s things a month after she died. I took her yarn and knitting needles home with me, and registered for a knitting class. I requested knitting books and DVD’s for my birthday. I knit a doll blanket for Emmy’s baby, and actually finished it. I was a knitter!

A scarf was my next project. My favorite blue sweater would look lovely with a hand-made accessory! Picking an easy pattern from my new knitting book was easy enough. I began knitting, and soon after began to see a scarf materialize.

Oh, I had grand plans for that scarf! I started knitting in March, so surely by next Fall, when temperatures started to drop again, I would have a lovely scarf gracing my neck! To keep myself motivated, I was going take pictures of my progress, and put them on the side bar of my blog! Knitting was going to be GREAT!

Do you see any scarf photos on my sidebar? No, you do not!!

I tried knitting while waiting for Emmy at ballet class. However, other moms waiting for their children would want to talk to me (I know!) and I couldn’t concentrate on knitting and talking at the same time. I was a beginner, after all.

I tried knitting while watching TV. But keeping my eyes on my knitting and watching TV was just too much. That kind of multi-tasking seemed beyond me.

I tried knitting in the car. It was fun and easy, but too often I was interrupted by SOMEONE in the back seat needing another book, or a snack, or a drink. And then I would forget where I was in the row, and stitches were dropped.

And then I really goofed. I knitted a couple of rows while we were on vacation, and they were backward. I used the knitting stitch when I was supposed to purl, and I purled when I was supposed to knit. I would have to unravel several rows fix my mistake, and I didn’t want to unravel while I was in the car.

The rows have yet to be unraveled. That was over a year ago…

My scarf…longer, but still not scarf length. Maybe some day I’ll try to finish it. And that’s my story of trying to learn a new talent or hobby that I only pursued briefly.

(Hey, where’s that unfinished cross stitch horse I started sewing in eighth grade? It’s around here somewhere….)

Mama’s Losin’ It


30 Replies to “Knit Me Not”

  1. I wanted to knit and started a scarf but never finished. It's been over a year! I don't mind it but finding uninterrupted time to concentrate is tough. I made a mistake somewhere too and lost half my scarf so that's pretty much where I stopped.

  2. My grandma taught me to knit years ago, but I never "took to it." My college-age son tried it a couple of summers ago and that was pretty funny. Needless to say he isn't knitting these days, but hey, he tried! Trying something is always good, well not always but you know what I mean. Even if you don't stick with it, you can still say you gave it a go!

    I also used to cross-stitch. And do rug latch hook. Don't do any of those either anymore!

  3. So cute! I knit too, but I haven't done anything in years. Love this sweet dolly dress. Hugs P.S. I hope you will join us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party today

  4. Too funny! I loathe all forms of threads and needles! My mom was a whiz and so are my two sisters. My theory is that by the time I was born the gene was all used up! 🙂

  5. I once knitted a rather chunky, lightly crooked blue scarf. I was enamored with the idea of being that woman of all things type. But it hurt my hands. So I stopped. Never again!

  6. I learnt how to knit when I was about six and was sent up to my parents' bedroom to make squares. I have knitted sweaters, pyjamas, scarves and more recently clowns, mice, paint pots and tooth brushes. I now want to learn how to knit socks, but I need to do it with four or five needles and that scares me a bit. Besides, I don't understand the instructions: they are in Dutch!

  7. Keep at it! I just started my first knitting project in years. I used to knit all the time. My advice? Think of this project as a learning one, just keep at it until it becomes second nature, then you'll be able to knit and watch tv at the same time. When I first started, I knit about 100 hot pads until I had finally learned. I learned long ago, that the key to being a good knitter is learning how to "unknit" how to fix past mistakes. It will get easier, I promise. And when you get better, you can tackle really complex patterns, which makes it fun.

  8. I am a knitter, but I haven't been knitting lately. But like you I've started projects and never finished them because of the goof ups I did. It is hard to fix knitting mess ups. But keep going, you have a great start to a scarf. And practice makes perfect, right? The more you knit, the better you will get at it. Just be patient with yourself as you go. Knitting is a skill which teaches patience and keeps you busy while also visiting with a friend or resting on the couch. It is something good to do to keep your mind from wondering.
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  9. You did better than me!! Knitting is hard because it is so easy to forget the movements if you take any type of break at all. My grandmother did it for years and she could watch TV, talk and knit at the same time. I had to concentrate so hard that it made my head hurt. I'm impressed you were able to switch colors on your scarf!!!
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