Hello, and welcome to my blog. For now it’s a blog about getting started as a knitter, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it expand into spinning, felting, dying, crochet, and maybe even designing (maybe).
I was finding loads of information about how to get started knitting, but not much about where to go from there.
I had the idea for the blog about eight months ago, not long after I started knitting. I was frustrated with trying to develop beyond beginning knitting. Some development has to be done with your hands and it just takes time, but I wanted intellectual development as well. What are the types of knitting and what techniques are there to learn? I could go to TECHknitter’s amazing blog with lots of information, but were would I start? What was out there so I could choose what to learn next? I wanted a taxonomy of sorts, and I couldn’t find it easily.
I also felt a little picky about what I wanted to spend time knitting. For any knitting publication I ran across, I found I only wanted to knit about 20% of what was in it. Was I purchasing patterns only, or was there going to be technique instruction too? Was it going to be worth it to get this book or magazine? (To give credit where it’s due, knitting patterns often give a bit of instruction. Much more than cookbooks.)
“I’m smart, I bet I can figure this out on my own.” -famous last words
In addition to paid sources of information, there is an overwhelming amount of free information out there (and I realize I’m adding to the din as I write). I was thinking, “Do I even need to buy anything? I might be able to figure this all out on my own with YouTube!” Well, eight months into this I’m starting to see the value of more direct and structured instruction.
There’s a lot to learn about knitting, but there’s a lot to learn about the people too. What is the world of the knitting designer? What does a sheep herder do? How is the fiber processed, dyed, and spun? What is happening in our fiber industry? What is it like to own a local yarn shop? What’s going on at knit night? I want to discuss what I’m discovering in these areas as well.
I aim to be less of an instructor and more of a curator.
I suppose it will be a little while before this begins to approach what I hope it will be. I hope it can start to be a guide for the beginning-intermediate knitter. I hope it will offer a view into what it is like to be a new knitter in the age of the internet. I also hope it will teach me a lot of things, and keep a record of what it was like in my wee days of knitting.
The image is of the sleeves on my first sweater. An ambitious yet rewarding undertaking (really I should have started with something simpler). The sweater is a birthday gift for my father, and I am finishing it up now. I’m a little nervous to see how the pieces fit together and if it will fit the intended recipient. A nice analogy to the beginnings of this blog. 😉