Thursday, November 01, 2007

Knitting for Grandma

Every day as I drive around the Las Vegas area, I see people do all sorts of things in their car: talking on their cell phone, putting on make-up, smoking, eating, shaving, and involved in all sorts of other distractions. Well have you ever seen someone knitting?

Yeah. Knitting.

Well that's what I did (while waiting at a stop light, of course). By now, I know the signal patterns along my route home from work and so when I miss the light, I try not to fume. Instead I pull out my ball of yarn and knit a couple rows. You see, I use to knit when I was a little girl. My family use to tease me about the fact that I looked like my grandmother from the age of three and I also liked to do things typical of a grandmother such as knitting, cross-stitching, and crocheting.

With Christmas approaching in the coming months, I've had a hard time finding unique and thoughtful gifts so I came up with an idea -- ah-ha! I'll knit a scarf...for my husband's grandma. Pretty easy but fun project. I love scarves though I only own a couple and wear them regardless of whether they match with my outfit or not.

So I bought a knitting kit last weekend and have been knitting this blue scarf pictured above for the past few days. Knitting in my car ... knitting in between passing out candy to the Trick-or-Treeters on Halloween.

Knitting by the book was very awkward at first. I had no idea there was a technique to holding the yarn between the fingers and the different stitches, purl and knit, and the different patterns you can make such as garter and stockinette. All just fascinating!

I'm not embarrassed to say, I'm addicted to knitting! I try to complete a few rows here and there. (That's why I haven't been blogging (and I've been crazy busy at work) in case you were wondering.) I even thought about starting a Knitting Club with the ladies I work with. So If you have any tips or pointers, I'd appreciate it.


cinzia said...

I knit too!! :) I think it is one of those skills that young people are forgetting about!

Hello Daly said...

I didn't know that! I'd love to see what you've worked on and could learn from you.