Happy Knitaversary to Me!

It was around this time last year that my neighbor and her 90+ year old mother taught me the knit stitch.  I just finished my third scarf for a friend who will be visiting next week ( I am slow).  Tonight I sat down with some yarn and a book and taught myself the purl stitch.  Yes, I only knew the knit stitch but it was enough for me at the time. Like learning the knit stitch my arms are sore from new learning but I know this will pass.  While I was able to figure the stitch out I am not sure how I should be holding the yarn so that it flows.  Think I will call on my neighbor again for some advice.  Afterall, she is 70ish and has been knitting a long time. 

Something I have noticed but really should not be surprised by,  knitting supplies in general are marketed to women.  I have been looking at bags to carry stuff in and they are all very girlie. Ick.

 Off to bed for me.


vt_shua's picture

What a great thing to celebrate! Indeed, happy knitaversary! It's great that you have such a great neighbor. I think many of us learned to knit from women, since it has become an activity associated with women. And as such, you're right - supplies (not to mention patterns, as another recent thread discusses) are geared almost exclusively at women. I say we all make a move to write letters to the editor of different knitting magazies on a regular basis - maybe repeated feedback will have an impact?

I understand the gradual acquisition of skills - it prevents burn out and feeling overwhelmed. I try to gain a few new skills each year - last year, I practiced various increases & decreses. This year, I experiemented with short rows and various ways to knit in the round. The cool thing about knitting is that (it seems) there is always something new to learn - so it always stays interesting. I personally dislike purling - so knitting in the round is great - you can knit stockinette stitch without ever purling!

Billbear's picture

 Nice bags Kev, I like the messenger one.  And, I just realized I have a leather bag similar to that and it is just sitting!  Bag issue solved.  'shua, funny you should mention knitting in the round as I am looking into that today.  Unfortunately the book I bought a week or two ago doesn't talk about it so I am off on the hunt. 

Billbear's picture

Okay I just got back from running around downtown looking for a book that SHOWS how to work in the round then transfer to straight needles.  There were two books suggested, but not on the store's shelves, and was wondering if anyone knows them.  1)Knitting in the Round-Stauffer and 2) Knitting without Tiers-Zimmerman.  The first one I think was published last year and the second is an older book.


JPaul's picture

Go with the Elizabeth Zimmerman!  I haven't seen the Jeanne Stauffer book, but Knitting Without Tears is kind of a classic that should be in your knitting library anyway.  Everyone needs at least one Elizabeth Zimmerman book.  The designs in her books aren't elegant or timeless, but you aren't buying a pattern book.  You're buying inspiration, you're getting permission to NOT follow patterns word for word and to know that it's perfectly okay to do your own thing and change a pattern if you want.  And your getting a lot of knowledge that will allow you to do just that (along with a good dose of her own opinions about knitting).

Knipper's picture

Congratulations on your knitting anniversary.   Every day I feel like something new comes across my needles with the things I explore.  And if I don't like the way it is going, I can rip it aout and start again.

Knitting without Tears is a classic and definitely worth owning.  EZ encourages the knitter to just take a leap and learn, create and enjoy.

Billbear's picture

I have ordered: "Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac", "Knitting Without Tears : Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes (Knitting Without Tears SL 466)" and "Knitting Around".  Think that should suffice for a little while.