I am new here but wanted to say hello to everyone. I have read a lot of your blogs and find it comforting to know other men enjoy knitting. I learned as a young boy or 12 while recovering in the hospital from rheumatic fever, but never really got into it back then. Now, at 57, I decided that I would pick up the needles again and have a go at it as an adult. I teach in a middle school and find that knitting really helps me unwind from the day. It's very inexpensive therapy! Ha!
After practicing and making all sorts of odd things that were supposed to be 4x4" squares, I decided that I would better use my time to actually trying something. I found a simple pattern for making a stocking hat. It only took me four evenings to complete and I only dropped three stitches...one of which I rescued thanks to some great tutorials on YouTube.com.
I cast on 80 stitches thinking it would fit me okay. It does, but it's a bit tight. I think I'll go for 96 next time (groups of 8) and see what that gets me. I also learned that I need to do a rib stitch for the first couple inches so I don't get a rolled bottom.
Anyway, I thought I'd share my first project with you all. I'm pretty proud, even though it is so simple. I hope to hear from some of you, especially those in the Chicago area. I am in the northwest burbs and would enjoy getting together with other men who knit. I can only learn so much from online tutorials and I have loads of questions that I'd love to sit down with someone and chat about. My wife does needlepoint, so she can't help me with this craft.
Nice to meet you all!