Never, ever, not in a million years did I think I would be writing about knitting… When I was younger my brain always connected the word knitting to grey old grannies or bored housewives. Knitting sounds booooring. Knitting sounds frumpy. Hey guess what? Knitting is actually pretty cool! So here I am, proudly writing up a post about knitting and setting up my february knitting challenge.
There is something magical about being able to make your own things from scratch. Investing time and patience in making something from a ball of yarn and two needles is so much more rewarding than simply buying it from a department store. Walking out on a cold day, keeping warm with a scarf that you made yourself is one of the best feelings in the world! Look at the scarf I’m wearing on this photo in Talinn, I made that! How insanely cool is that?
Learning to knit (and to curse)
Learning to knit wasn’t easy, I’ll honestly admit that. When I was about 14, I asked my mom to teach me how to knit. It was a painstakingly slow and frustrating process. The biggest challenge was the fact that my mom is right handed, while I am a lefty. What she showed me right handed, I had to translate into a mirror image with my left hand. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but trust me, it was.
When I finally began to get the bare basics under control I made a scarf that matched my new winter coat perfectly. I can’t even tell you how many mistakes I made during the process and how many times my mom helped me out when I was cursing myself for messing it up again. But after a few weeks, my scarf was done and it looked fab! I wish I still had a picture of it, man was I proud! But I also swore never to knit again. The frustration was something I never wanted to deal with again.
It wasn’t until 12 years later that I picked up my knitting needles again. I don’t remember why I did it, but I do remember that knitting felt a lot more relaxing compared to my 14 year old self. It was strange how even without my mom around I suddenly managed to nail those stitches and correct the mistakes myself! When I finished the first scarf I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to start the next project. I even experimented with new stitches and it didn’t take long to gain the confidence to start making scarves for my friends.
Since then I’ve been knitting on and off. Over the years I got better and better at it and it shows in the things I make. I still don’t have the patience to follow patterns, but I’m creative enough to make things up as I go. As a casual knitter I stick to very simple projects like scarves and cardigans but it works fine for me. One of my creations even had it’s 15 minutes of fame when my friend wore it at a photo shoot for a magazine! This is Amber wearing the shrug I made her with pride and I can’t believe how many compliments she got while wearing it! If that’s not rewarding I honestly don’t know what is.
My february knitting challenge
One thing that still frustrates me about knitting is something that has nothing to do with knitting itself. I find it easier to finish things that I’m making for someone else than for myself. This might have something to do with knowing how amazing it is when someone makes something especially for me so I assume they feel the same when I make them something. This makes it more fun to knit for someone else. But when it comes to my own projects, I either get bored, or I start seeing problems that aren’t there. Other than the odd scarf and that one sweater that I made for myself, most of my knits got lost in my huge basket of unfinished projects and leftover wool.
That’s why I decided to challenge myself to finally finish atleast one cardigan before the end of February. I made up an insanely simple pattern and started knitting today. With a few hours per week my cardigan should be finished in no-time and I can’t wait to show you the results!
Have you ever made your own clothes from scratch?