Married to the Empire

Friday, March 19, 2010


Only one panel at All-Con interested me: knitting. Crafts! It was a learn-to-knit panel, and I figured I'd go. For $2 in knitting needles and a ball of yarn snagged from Doogie's thrift store bag of yarn, it was a cheap way to learn something I wouldn't otherwise pay to learn. (I have so many other crafty pursuits waiting in the wings, there's no point in paying to take classes in something I really don't have time for.)

I felt like the remedial student. As everyone else was easily understanding the steps, I was sitting there holding my yarn and needles, completely befuddled. I had to have a personal tutor just to cast on. And again to do the actual knitting. But I finally got it. Sort of.

As you can see, I'm not very good.

I can't really say that I enjoyed knitting, although the challenge of it was a bit intriguing. And I can definitely see the appeal of a craft that can be easily transported and done anywhere. But I find it difficult and not very fun.

I was instant messaging with my niece in London the other day, and I asked her if her mom (my sister) had ever learned to knit. She'd once mentioned to me that she wanted to. My niece told me that she has learned; she's already knitted several scarves and something else (I can't remember what). I told my niece about the class I took and that I find knitting hard. She said, "Let me put it this way. I can knit."

Bested by a 12-year-old.

At least I'm good at other things.


dax248 said...

I feel the same way about knitting. I was trying to teach myself, and well let's just say it is the first craft that has ever beaten me. Ugh! Glad to know I am not alone!

Thirsty said...

Oh, the 12-year-old scores!

becky s. said...

I'll bet the 12 yo has had more practice than you have, though! I have faith in your ability!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how the 12 year old exagerates. She learned to knit, but quickly stopped as she found it very frustrating! Sooo . . Yes she can knit, but not any better than you!

Kameron Earles said...

You DO have many, many other talents so cut yourself some slack on the knitting. Besides, you only tried once & as you can see you were getting better :-)

Amy Warden said...

I taught myself to knit from the "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting!" book. I had to stare and stare at the pictures of those hands holding the yarn and needles, but I was determined. You'll get it too. It definitely takes practice! Don't give up!