Knit Wit

I am trying to learn how to knit.  People have been telling me how relaxing that they find it, and goodness knows that I’m in the market for some relaxation techniques.

So, on Sunday afternoon I took a little trip to the store and picked up a learn-to-knit book, some needles and yarn.  Then I settled in for a hour or so of relaxation.  It was not to be.

Maybe it’s just me, but those little diagrams in the book made very little sense to me.  I tried and tried, but couldn’t understand what they were trying to tell me to do in order to cast on.

After a while, I put the book down and went to u-tube to see if there were any lessons on there.  (Isn’t the internet wonderful?!)  I found a little lesson, watched it three times, and still didn’t understand it.

So much for a Sunday afternoon of relaxation.

Well since then, I think I’ve managed to master casting on.  I think I have figured out the knit stitch, still working on the purl stitch.  The little sample piece I”m working on looks pretty rough – obviously this is going to take some practice.

Relaxing?  Not quite yet.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Oh Linda, I so relate. I can't learn things from diagrams either. I have two friends who are master knitters. I've tried. It is relaxing, once you get the hang of it. But alas, it wasn't for me. Hope it works for you.

  2. I can't grasp those hand crafts, either. I wonder what it is?

    Your doggies look just adorable, whether you knitted their sweaters or not. 😉

  3. keep trying….seems a little stressful at first but I'll bet you will get the hang of it soon…

  4. I remember the first time I learned to crochet. I was all thumbs and dropped stitches! And because I have little patience for things that don't go right the first time, I threw away many projects. But I was determined to conquer this even if it meant I had to have blisters and calluses on my fingers! And now, I crochet Prayer Shawls for a ministry at my church. And it is relaxing and rewarding.

    Hang in there. You can do it. Practice makes perfect!

  5. For me, casting on was the hardest part to learn. I still don't enjoy it very much, and I find that although I like knitting, I'm too impatient to enjoy it. I want to see the finished product!

  6. Stick to crocheting –way easier! Hope you find something more relaxing to do:)

  7. Linda,
    I can knit–simple things, repetitive things. I made dozens of dishcloths when I cared for my mother over her last months. No thinking–kept my hands busy and so it did relax me. BTW, I only learned by watching someone. Can't do diagrams or books either.

    Are both dogs Yorkies? The larger one looks a lot like my Cairn "terror"…adorable!!

    Blessings & hugs, sid

  8. I agree, learning from a book is frustrating – especially Knitting For Dummies! (had better luck with Stitch 'n Bitch and videos) Just don't give up – keep asking friends or yarn store employees to demonstrate, and eventually it will start to feel more natural. I started last Thanksgiving, and now I'm totally hooked – plus I'm making most of my Christmas presents!

  9. I tried to knit when I was a kid, and then I learned to crochet, except all I crocheted was one big long long rope! *laugh*

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