So You Want To Learn To Knit?

Thanks to the Internet it’s not so difficult to learn to knit.  You don’t have to find someone to teach you because there are so many videos, websites, and tutorials online.  When I was learning to knit I used the KnittingHelp website.  This website has videos that both show and tell you how to do various knitting tasks.

The Craft Yarn Council also has a learning center for learning to knit and crochet.

There are many knitting books that begin with basic how to’s for knitting as well.  Here are a few that I recommend:

YouTube also has a wealth of information.  I searched “how to knit” and 601,000 videos came up.  (Videos from were listed on YouTube as well.)  Below is a video that gives the basics of knitting:


It’s not so simple

Knitters often refer to non-knitters as “muggles”.  The first time I heard this I had never heard the term.  My knitter friend defined “muggle” for me and continued to lament about my not having read the Harry Potter novels.  It’s unheard of for someone as well read as I am to not have read these books, right?  Imagine me trying to explain that I’m just not interested – it didn’t go over well.  This was years ago and yet I still haven’t read the books.  I have, however, figured out the disdain between knitters and non-knitters.

Non-knitters do not realize the full effort that goes into a knitting project.  Knitters do not just grab a random skein of yarn and start knitting.  A lot of thought goes into matching a project with the perfect yarn and vice versa.  Sometimes knitters keep a “special” yarn in their stash for a very long time before they find the perfect project to use it for.

Projects aren’t knit in minutes.  It takes hours to knit a simple hat.  Asking for a matching, handmade hat, mittens, and scarf isn’t a small request.  The amount of time invested is not to be discredited.  Most non-knitters do not realize this and are not appreciative of their handmade request if they are lucky enough to receive it.

The “I can make that cheaper myself” myth is just that – a myth.  It is NOT cheaper to knit a sweater yourself unless you’re using the cheapest, scratchiest yarn you can find.  Nobody wants to wear that and I can guarantee that a knitter does not want to spend their time knitting it.  Chapped hands, anyone?  A good skein of yarn is not cheap.  Further, it generally takes 1200-1600 yards of medium-weight yarn to make an average-sized sweater.  That’s anywhere from eight to twelve skeins!  The dollar amount would astound you.

My message to non-knitters: If a knitter actually knits something for you, please remember that they have chosen the yarn and pattern just for you.  Your knitter friend has spent a lot of time not only knitting the project, but thinking of you while they knit it.  There is love in every single stitch of that snuggly handknit.  That is far more important than any amount of money they might have spent on the yarn.

hey girl stitch love

Knitting – not a lost art!

I cannot express how many times I have been asked, “isn’t knitting for old women?”  Each time I have answered this question with a surprised, “absolutely not!”  We live in a day where knitting isn’t just about the act of knitting an accessory, garment, or blanket.  Knitting is about searching for the perfect yarn in a market of independent dyers, large yarn stores, department stores that carry yarn, and local yarn stores.  There’s not just knitting – there’s crocheting, spinning yarn, weaving, dyeing yarn, and other fiber arts.

Knitters do not just sit in a rocking chair and knit.  Today’s knitter reaches out to other yarn lovers.  They meet up in public places and knit together.  They attend retreats that usually last a few days and are focused on fiber arts and yarn.  They join groups on Ravelry and develop friendships that span across continents.

The knitting community is as diverse as the yarns they knit with.  Knitters come in all shapes and sizes.  They are young and old.  They are male and female.  And for the most part, they accept and enjoy the vast differences between us all.

yarn bomb tree

My summer is officially over!

What a summer!

I decided to take the summer off from school.  I didn’t want to delay my graduation date, but I also didn’t want to add more stress to what was already going to be a pretty hectic few months.  We had some big happenings…

We moved approximately 1200 miles from Virginia Beach, VA to Kansas City, MO.  Any relocation requires a lot of preparation and planning, but moving halfway across the country is brutal.  Especially with children and a dog.

This was the last summer before the two older kids start high school.  I wanted to spend some time with them without stressing about assignments that needed to be submitted, tests that had to be taken, and vast amounts of required reading.

And knitting – I wanted to knit freely!  Most probably wouldn’t factor that in, but while I’m in school I feel guilty for knitting.  If I’m knitting I’m not spending time with the family.  This means I’m splitting my time up even more because I have to work and spend time on school responsibilities.  How is one supposed to choose?!  Obviously, I’m going to choose my family, but I did get a lot of knitting done this summer!

Summer Knitting Collage


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