I’m very excited to report that I have picked up an old hobby again:
I picked up knitting right after I finished college and started my “real job”. I don’t remember why I started. It was kind of a thing at the time and I thought it would be cool I suppose. I taught myself with some cheap needles and yarn from Walmart and the website learntoknit.com. It appears that website has been updated because it sure looks a lot different than I remember!
I knitted very consistently for several years and even sold a few scarves here and there at craft shows. I never really made any money, I just liked to knit and a person only needs so many scarves. Then I quietly dropped the hobby as I moved on to other things. I haven’t knitted anything for at least 3, maybe 4 years. Luckily I kept all my supplies and a stash of yarn so that when I got the urge to pick up the hobby again I was ready to go.
Here is a picture of my new project:
It doesn’t look like much yet. And I can’t tell you what it is either because it will most likely be a gift and I don’t want the person to find out! Even though I had a stash of yarn and needles in almost all sizes, I still bought new yarn and new needles for this project. Of course! I splurged on the new needles, getting a nice bamboo set of Size 10, 36″ circular needles. I did not have that size in my stash so it was a valid purchase. And I used a 40% off Michaels coupon which serves as further justification.
Fall is a great time to pick up knitting. If you have never tried it before, check out some knitting websites like Craft Yarn Council for simple instructions. You could also check out a book from the library or take a class at a local craft shop. For supplies, start with the cheap stuff. Knitting supplies can be found at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann. I also used to buy them at Walmart and I think they still sell them there. Depending on what the websites or books say, I would recommend a larger size needle like size 10 or 11 and a chunky yarn like Lion Brand Jiffy. From there if you decide you like the hobby you can move on to nicer needles and yarn.
If you are a knitter, what you like best about knitting? For me, it’s the thought of creating this beautiful item out of a simple string and two sticks. I think it’s amazing! Oh and don’t worry I will post my finished project after it has been given to its intended recipient.