Mum taught me to knit when I was a kid. I knit a bright blue rectangle full of holes.
When I was in high school I knit a few scarves – I did “Craft at Spotlight” for sport one semester and relearned there. Just garter stitch.
My grandma helped me knit a beanie on double pointed needles when she was on holidays here.
I’d never done a stitch beyond purl and plain.
In February I was in Hobart, so visited The Stash Cupboard yarn store, where I bought some lovely cotton yarn. (I’m currently trying to find a similar store on the Gold Coast. It’s not a happening thing.)
I cast on, knit the first row. Then the second. There weren’t enough stitches to finish the second row. I knit up to the second row about five times, then gave up.
Five months later, I sat down with my knitting reference book and my laptop and worked on those first few rows. It took about 4 hours to finish the first four rows. There were so many new-to-me stitches – it took a while to get my head around it.
But look at this!
I made it! It fits!
Oh, the glory!
I really, really loved the process of knitting this. I love to knit while listening to audio books, lectures or while half-watching movies. It’s so relaxing! And it wasn’t as hard as I expected. I used a LOT of YouTube videos to help me with all the new stitches, plus a really helpful knit-a-long from today’s adgenda.
I’ve actually already started my next Andi Satturland cardigan – I’ve just cast on the Marion sweater in a black merino-alpaca blend. Loving it!