<I'm taking a break today from my regularly scheduled dish-cloth to discuss my first knitting project as part of a contest offered from Knitting Daily. >
Back in early June 2011, at the Thornton Thimbler's Quilt bee, my Aunt Betty and I were talking about how I had never been able to learn to knit. I had tried, and failed, several times. I wanted to learn, but I just wasn't having any luck. I anticipated being on the road a lot that year and needed projects that I could bring with me, small portable things, that I could pick up and put down, that the bumping of the road wouldn't bother me and that I could have, at the end, a practical, usable, or wearable object. Knitting seemed perfect, but I'm telling you, I was all thumbs. I would get terribly tense and the end result was a very frustrated and aggravated me and some very tortured yarn.
I don't know why I gave it one more try. Especially after that conversation with Aunt Betty, but I did. And it was like magic. Something "turned on" for me and the whole process made sense and in the end I had a very practical (and too big) hat. I made it on Addi Turbo circulars using Fabulous Felines yarn from Yarn Market.com, and on June 25, 2011, I finished it and wanted to wear it to work even though it was 100 degrees outside.
I was hooked. I worked on my skills, knitted and knitted and knitted until it became what I do. In the 2.5 years that I've been knitting I can't count the number of projects I've completed. I have 68 projects on my Ravelry page, but I've done many more that for some reason I didn't put on there.
Sadly, the fate of that hat was to be ripped out. I admitted it this summer...it was too big and while it was my first project, this WAS knitting and one of the beauties of knitting is that I can reuse the yarn for something else. I wanted to make a monster to be like my calico kitty, so I ripped, reknit and ended up with this.
Zee Monster sits on the credenza in my office and makes people grin when they walk in.
If I am selected to win the prize for blogging about my first knitting project I would select the following 5 items from the Interweave Store: