Sunday, September 16, 2007

You Don't Know Til You Try

I used to crochet. My Baba taught me when I was about 8 years old. I was never very good, but I could do it. My best friend at the time had a Grandma who knit. I thought I would never learn how to do that. It was so complicated and you had to use 2 (!) needles.

I crocheted a little at a time, never really comitting to this needle craft. When I was about 20, my Sister In Law bought me needles and a ball of crafters cotton for Christmas. I was going to knit. At first, I couldn't understand how to draw one loop through another. It took me about half an hour to knit 4 stitches very poorly.

Fortunately, I kept at it and learned to enjoy the simplicity of stocking stitch. All those little "v"s in a row were pleasing to my mathematical mind. I tackled cables on my own and found them very simple once I unlocked the mystery of the extra cable needle.

Lace, though, was always a little too girly for me. While I can be a girly girl, I've never been one for frills and such. It was therefore a big shock to me when I wanted to knit a shawl. And not just one shawl, but three. In one year. AND it turns out that I like them. I even managed to wear my two completed shawls to two different events yesterday. I don't think I would have imagined myself wearing a shawl until I made one that I was really proud of.

Just goes to show, doesn't it?


andi said...

I'm drooling over the first shawl.

T. said...

You rock - and so do your shawls. They are LOVELY...

stitchin' girl said...

Your shawls are gorgeous!