Believe me, this girl exists.
At 26 years old, I'm a Super Beginner. I just started learning how to knit a couple of weeks ago.
In fact, thanks to Maureen The Knitting Mama who is teaching me how to knit, I'm sure I'm already addicted.
Because being addicted to Pinterest, scrapbooking, Bitstrips, Crayola Finger paints, Facebook and card making doesn't make for enough of a list.
I can't help it, though. Knitting is awesome! I'm loving every minute of it.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons Knitting Rocks:
I just finished my very first hat made of Marino wool today! Sure, it's imperfect--it's a little too big and has a couple of holes; but I felt so proud of myself for completing it, I did a happy dance in the quiet cafe we were working in. Besides, as Maureen says, "No one in the world has that hole in their hat. That's what makes it unique. You are not a machine."
2. Knitting produces practical pieces.
I'd say, for sure, the best part of knitting is being able to wear what you've made. Now that I've finished my hat and have happily used it to keep my head from freezing, I'm working on a cute little blue hat for my son Equis. Here's to hoping he actually keeps it on!
Once I got past the initial difficulties of trying to remember where to put the needle next, I found that knitting was a great way to relax my mind and put my body at ease. By relinquishing myself to the task at hand, I found myself worrying less about all the hectic aspects of daily life--like the pile of laundry I have yet to wash.
4. Knitting creates beautiful homemade gifts.
I'm so excited about knitting, I already bought purple and blue yarn to create a hat as my best friend's birthday present once I finish making Equis'. Nothing says "I love you" quite as well as a thoughtful and creative gift made by your own hand.
Yarn and needles are portable! Would you believe Maureen can knit an entire hat during a two-hour church sermon? She's so talented at knitting, she can multi-task and has gorgeous pieces to show for it!
I've been carrying my small plastic Hefty bag full of yarn everywhere--to the grocery store, to Equis' school and to Parents Council meetings. I even walked down the street knitting one day, which felt like an accomplishment.
I hope to continue learning a lot about knitting under Maureen's tutorship and sharing my projects with you. It's been great.
Do you like knitting? What's your latest addiction?