How knitting enriched my life

A good 5 or 6 months ago, I blogged about how I’m learning to knit. Suffice to say, I now know how! I’m astounded at myself, to be honest.

I decided to learn to knit on the spur of the moment. It was coming up to Christmas, and I couldn’t think what to buy my nana. I was having cake with one of my best friends ever, sitting beside a lovely little shop called This Is Knit and it was like I was struck by a lightning bolt from knitting heaven. I’D MAKE HER A SCARF! IN HER FAVOURITE COLOUR!

You see, years before, nana had tried to teach me. Oh, how she tried. I hadn’t been paying attention and kept making fun of it until eventually she just said gently that she thought I didn’t have the hands for it, and that was the end of my knitting career (or so I thought).

I didn’t finish her scarf in time for Christmas 2013. Now, in March 2014, it’s still not finished, but it’s been a great journey. A few days before Christmas I showed nana my knitting (and gave her a present I’d bought her) and her face lit up as though she’d just heard the most wonderful news in the world. I might as well have told her she’d won the lottery. She just couldn’t believe it. My mother reacted the same way when she saw me knitting. Honestly, both of them are prouder of me for learning to knit than they were when I graduated with my Master’s degree!

The video that taught me how to knit

Why has learning to knit been a great journey?

I’ve been surprised and touched by how interested the women in my life have been by my knitting. So many relatives – my mother, my cousin, my nana herself – have weighed in with their knitting techniques and advice. Since I’ve moved to Belgium, knitting helped me grow closer to women with whom I couldn’t yet converse properly – my boyfriend’s mother and his step mother. They have tips and tricks of their own.

I’ve torn this scarf up at least 6 times. It took hours for me to understand how to cast on, practicing it over and over in my bedroom. I didn’t want to knit just any scarf. I wanted it to be a great one. It’s more than I could ever have hoped for.

So, I’m now learning how to finish a piece of knitting. I can’t wait for it to be done. This is such a marvellous sense of achievement, I can’t tell you. I think I might be more proud of myself for learning to knit than I am about college degrees. It’s been a far better experience than I could ever have hoped for. And it’s only the beginning!

knitting the nana scarf
I used just a plain knit stitch in the end for the whole thing, just so I can get it finished faster!

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