Saturday, January 12, 2008

Look what I learned to do!

I'm at TNNA - which is The National NeedleArts show. At first, I dreaded it because I have never been able to knit. I tried a few years back and nearly poked my eyes out with the needles from frustration. But, truthfully, I've always been jealous of those that can knit. I want to make my own sweaters, especially since I'm a hard fit. But, I had NO CLUE how to do that.

While out here, I was talking with some of our authors and watching Hannah Fettig do some of her knitting. Bound and determined, I got a set of really nice ebony needles from a booth of awesome women and headed to the F+W Booth for a lesson. Hannah wasn't there, but Shannon Oakey was and she gave me a few quick lessons and VOILA! I can cast on and do basic stitches. Today - I'm going to learn to purl.

Do I still suck at it. Yea - I'm learning how to hold the needles properly and get my stitches going, but I'm going to keep working on it. I've already called Scott with my excited news and he has requested a "big ass blanket". I think I can do that with the one stitch that I know. Ha!

All in all, this has been a pretty cool trip!

Oh - and I knitted at dinner last night with a few girls. I got to sit at the big girl knitting table! :)


Angie said...

How fun! Learn to Knit was on my list to do before I died, so I took the class at J's about 3 years ago. I made a scarf, even!! Now I have about 4 other scarves started and then tossed aside. Maybe it's like my other hobbies like crochet, cross stitch, quilting, etc. ;)

Anonymous said...

Well look at you learning how to knit!! Who'd a thunk it?? ; )
Love that you're trying something new and having fun with it!!

angiesparkles said...

2 things:
1. I love that you updated your blog- it makes me happy :)
2. I ALSO just learned to knit- it took a lot of practice but I'm figurng it out!
That's all. Can't wait to hang out again soon :)

BHo said...

That is so danged AWESOME! All right!

knitbot said...

Ginger! I loved hanging out with you. You are going to be the best little knitter ohio ever saw. Cute blog!

Chris Wasielewski said...

Very cool! Must be fun going to different shows now too! I too am trying my hand at knitting, but I'm cheating and learning on a loom! LOL Love the pics of the girls too! Miss ya.


Anonymous said...

Awesome! We can knit together in our room now! If we ever room together again that is!!! Maybe we'll have to soon!!! Miss you, Jane

Lisa M said...

I think the day I learned how to knit was one of the best days lol. Next to going to my first CKU that is ;) One tip that helps me A LOT with knitting, is to hold the right needle in your armpit.. yeah i know.. smelly needles, but it helps! Try checking out the book Stitch N' Bitch. It has lots of helpful tips and patterns!

Susan said...

hey Ginger......wanted to touch back bases with you after CHA. I will NEVER get the whole knitting thing....but oh well! lol!! hey....I wanted to tell you that I have never seen you as happy, calm, and contented (is that a word?) as you were at CHA this year. you looked SOOOO darn happy!! makes me really glad for you!

Lynne said...

oh, girl, i've done nothing BUT knit for the past year. i don't even scrap anymore, i'm a knittin' machine.
may i recommend that's basically how i learned.