Monday, July 13, 2009

If In Frustration, Take A Class

I bought some more books on knitting and beading figuring they would help. They are wonderful books and if I had more knowledge, I'd do every one of the projects in each book. None of the projects have that awful "homemade" look. I was shocked as I've always assumed that's what knitting looked like. Get the books..they are incredible.

From Blogger Pictures
While in Michael's on Saturday a lady at the checkout counter mentioned a yarn store down the street so my sister and I went to investigate. Oh my gosh! I had no idea there were so many kinds of yarn and needles. I was in awe as I looked over the store. I explained what I was looking for and that I was learning to knit but couldn't figure it out from the couple of books I had. The lady looked at me, smiled sweetly, and said, "It's really hard to learn knitting from a book. We offer beginning classes on Mondays from 11-1 and in the evenings. Why don't you join us?"

*Thinking* 11-1..My husband has to work nights and is in bed by two. Dragging 3 kids around for 3 hours while I take a class. It's an hour up and back. I told the lady I'd love to sign up but needed to check with my husband. My sister wanted to take the class as well but it wasn't feasible for now. She gave me a sheet and my sister and I headed out the door. I was feeling bad as I never get to take classes because of time restraints, money and not driving.

Today in a 3 hour class with a skein of beautiful yarn and needles I have done this:

From Blogger Pictures
She made it SO easy. Well..enough that my brain isn't completely confused. The class is a scarf that teaches all the knitting techniques. Right now it's the basic stitch. I need *gulp* 8 inches of this stitch when I make it up again on another Monday.

It's been 4-5 YEARS (not kidding) since I've taken a real live class. Everything is online or self taught for me. To sit in a room with a group of women and learn was amazing. Actual human interaction! The only thing that would have made it perfect would be my sister sitting next to me. My husband was sooo wonderful to drive me up and back.

The next best thing was my sister taking care of my children so I could do the class. She wasn't able to drive me up and offered to take them. A huge thank you for her generosity.


Jackie said...

I would have never learned to knit without taking classes. It's just not something I could learn from a book. I predict you'll be knitting socks soon!

Jen said...

I'm so glad that you got to take a class and that you enjoyed yourself!!

Min DePandi said...

Once you know how to knit and purl, that's when the fun begins!