baubles // cozy & warm // sweet dreams // pile of pink // chunky jumper
I started knitting in October of this year, and have fallen in love. It is the most relaxing thing for me to sit and do at night while watching/listening to the tv (especially when its gilmore girls). It is such an anxiety and stress reliever. You don’t have to think to much, yet your mind isn’t wandering all over the place because you’re focusing on the motion of the needles.
The reason I picked up this hobby was because of my great grandmother. Well, grandmothers actually, since I started I learned that two of my great grandmas used to crochet. I have one grandmas full set of crochet needles, and even the little leather pouch that she kept them in. She passed away when I was really young, and the only thing I remember about her is going over to her house and she would always be sitting in her recliner, crocheting a blanket while the tv was on.
I’m a very sentimental person (just ask my mom… whenever they were moving they were getting rid of a lot of old things and it was all I could do to not bring everything home with me!). So teaching myself to crochet was a way for me to connect with her, in some strange way. I’m crocheting a beautiful cream blanket, I can’t wait to share it with you all.
I started with crocheting granny squares but got rather bored and frustrated because I wasn’t seeing my work come together before my eyes. So I restarted with a blanket done by rows, so I can see it getting larger as I work on it.
But Knitting? After about a week of crochet, I decided to look up knitting tutorials. Knitting has always been intriguing to me. It looked so confusing and difficult! But after watching a couple youtube videos I realized it wasn’t that difficult at all! Now, granted, I am one that likes to teach myself new things constantly, so this challenge was something I was eager to tackle. After making a few scarves I tried my hand at knitting in the round and made a hat.
Now I’ve signed up for knitting classes, and have joined a knitting club that I go to weekly. I’ve made new friends (yes, I am one of the youngest in the group… but I love it). And its inspired me to create more and more. I’m making a list in my head of things I can knit during the summertime, since scarves and hats aren’t going to cut it here in Houston.
Have you tried knitting or crochet? Did your mom, or grandmothers do it too?
You can check out my other knitting pins here: Knitting & Crochet Pinterest Board
OHHHHH…can’t wait for my blanket!!! ;-)
I’ve been crocheting for 10 years and just picked up knitting a few months ago! I’m loving both so much! My best friend taught me the basics of crochet and I’ve been teaching myself to knit! I love making things!
Sounds like fun! I knitted a scarf several years ago– not sure I have the patience to do it now haha! Have a Merry Christmas, Bree!
As I young knitter, I totally feel you on being the youngest in every knitting group, but knitters are always so helpful and fun to work with. I’m sure you’ve discovered Ravelry by now, but if not then you HAVE to go there just to browse all the gorgeous work and patterns. Also, I’m not a crocheter, but I know you can join squares as you go. If it’s something you still want to do, maybe finding a tutorial can help with that “growing” issue on bigger items like your blanket.