One of the things I wanted to learn during my surgery recovery was how to knit. I thought it would be a good creative outlet for a time when I couldn’t sew. One evening, my friend Brittney taught me how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. It was hard at first — my tension was all off, my purls were twisted, and my hands ached. It was the third time I’d tried to learn and I thought I was hopeless.
But then Brittney taught me to knit British style, with the yarn in my right hand. Goodness! So much better. My technique is anything but pretty, but it gets the job done.
I spent some time with some leftover yarn practicing my stitches, but quickly wanted to do an actual project. I was searching around for easy knitting projects and I found this great basket weave cowl by Vegan Thyme. I could knit. I could purl. I could do this!
It took me all six weeks…and a few extra days…but I finally finished it up last week! My hands tend to cramp up after knitting for too long (I haven’t learned to relax very well yet) so I would just do it in small bits. I used Bernat’s roving wool that I got at JoAnn — love the color, love the feel of the wool.
And I love how it turned out! I am actually pretty impressed with my tension and how it looks overall.
Is it perfect? Nope. There are places I should have knitted when I purled, when I purled where I should have knitted. The number of rows in each weave isn’t consistent.
But WHATEVER. I knitted this thing. And I’m going to wear it proudly!
(Except that it’s been pushing 80 degrees. California. Please, oh please, let me at least have some spring this year.)
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