How I Learned to Knit
they've come to wisdom through failure.
Two Sharp Sticks (by far one of my favorite names for a blog) is having a knitaversary party. I love any good excuse for a party, especially a knitting party, . . . and I don't have a whole lot of new knitting content. Did you want to see the Chuppah? It's a little longer than this. Use your imagination. In the meantime, I'm going to go back in my imagination and join in the party with my contribution.
It was a dark and stormy night in Providence, RI.
Well, it was dark, at least. It was December.
Our heroine was in a moment of crisis.
It was exam period.
I reached deep into my soul and realized that my destiny lay in yarn.
Or I was web-surfing instead of studying biostatistics and somehow the idea struck.
I braved the elements in a daring trek to gather the necessary supplies.
It was cold. And Michael's was in a whole 'nother state. The fact that it was a mere six miles away? A fact of New England life. And there was a Lesiure Arts kits and some ugly acrylic. Yellow.
I struggled all night to master the knit stitch, working against all the forces of nature, including the terrible light in my college dorm room, and the relative dearth of online tutorials in 2000.
This much is true.
I began to knit everywhere.
But what did I make? Garter stitch scarves in Lion Brand Homespun. For an entire year I made absolutely nothing except garter stitch scarves. Until Every. Single. Person. I knew had a scarf.
It was move on, branch out, or die. Basic law of biology.
Biology - what I was not studying the night I learned to knit.
And I found support in the online knitting community. In particular, I discovered Folk Mittens. I made a pair of basic mittens on dpns and was hooked for life.
Out of Kitchen Cotton. And the two mittens are radically different sizes. I've never been so proud of anything I knit. But blogs are so much better than The Knitlist, even though I am forever grateful they introduced me to the idea of knitting with wool.
By the way, I got an "A" on that exam.