i have been thinking about my first knitting project for the last week. it’s not a terribly exciting story, in my mind. it was my last year in college, i was spending the year writing a final project for my german studies degree, and a couple of my close friends were studying abroad. i think i wanted a hobby that didn’t take up too much space, just to pass the time — it was truly the first time i was living by myself, in a room in a house with at least 6 other roommates — only two of whom i ever actually met (and one became a friend).
i remember struggling a bit with loneliness that year — a hobby would be a good distraction, right?
i went to michael’s and found a few yarn colors i liked — i believe it was all lion brand. i can’t remember if the pattern was on one of the skeins’ wrapper or if i found it online somehow. (what did i do before knitty? before ravelry?)
my sister had a book or two that i used to try to teach myself. (before youtube knitting instruction videos!) i remember that we were on our way home for a weekend; she was driving, i was trying to understand how to knit. and i did!
there was a while that each and every one of my finished pieces had a dropped stitch, and i’m sure this project had its fair share of mistakes. i actually recently found it again — in a box at my parents’ house. i didn’t inspect it very closely, but from the photo it looks like i did pretty well for my first project! whip stitch and all!
if i could pick any five items from InterweaveStore, they would be:
- Mink Leadville Knitted Cowl Kit (so pretty! and i haven’t knitting with an alpaca blend before…)
- Knitted Lace (hardcover) (i love lace work!)
- KnitScene subscription! (because this magazine is full of great patterns always)
- Favorite Socks (hardcover) (i still have not knit socks!)
- A Handknit Romance (do i see beadwork and lace included in this book?)