Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My Knitting Epiphany!

So , I was driving to work today and thinking about knitting. Not a very safe thing to do, I should have been concentrating on the road (that was for the benefit of any work colleagues who may read this blog. HUGE safety culture in this organisation!). I was marvelling at my knitting skills, as I am currently knitting a lace shawl AND a cami with lace detail on the bottom (pattern courtesy of the lovely Nora). Then I remembered that it was only May 2005 that I learnt to knit.

You see I am a crocheter. Have been since I was 8. And I have sewed and embroidered etc since I can remember. My Mum was never into knitting, she does nearly every craft know to man, and is an extraordinary quilter, but not really into knitting. It was on a long Craft weekend away with some amazing girls, that I finally learned to knit. I laugh now as it took me 3 days to knit a beanie, one that I now whip up in a couple of hours!

So after driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge feeling like I was the worlds best knitter doing the "I am so great, I am so great, everyone loves me 'cos I am so great!" dance in my car (I will do live renditions , on request), I realised something. It is not that I am a super dooper fantastic knitter, I have just conquered my fear of the unknown in knitting. Where once I looked at cables and lace knitting and thought "That is so hard, I will never be able to do it", I now look at patterns and can break it down to the stitches. "Yep, I can k, p, yo, k2tog psso, I CAN do that!". Talk about an epiphany! I should write a book, or better still open a store! (nudge nudge wink wink on that one!).

I am still a committed crocheter, even though my love and appreciation of knitting has grown so much. In fact I will post some stuff I have been working on really soon.

But for now here is a picture of the Forest Canopy Shawl I am knitting. At the moment it is on straight needles (due to a lack of Bamboo circulars in my needle collection) and is about halfway done.

I am using Merino 4ply from The Knittery in the Grace colourway. The close up does not do the leaf pattern justice, it is just evidence of my poor photography!!


SadieandLance said...

I remember when you first learned to knit. You had some special natural knitting talents - obvious now by the rapid progress you have made into shawls, cables, dpns and fearless tackling of patterns. Conversly my crocheting skills (which were learned approximately the same time as your knitting skills) have not progressed so.

YAY you!

Anonymous said...

You know what Shazmina, I could have written this post.


I learned to crochet at 8
I am still a committed crocheter BUT
I have overcome my fear of knitting. I used to think all those stitches were just too many think of when crochet had just a lovely, simple single loop on a hook.

But i'm better now. I too break patterns down the way you do and I'm off and running.

It's a great feeling huh?

ps Can you post a video of the dance?

Nora said...

Well, I could've written SOME of this post.

I conquered my "fear of the unknown" in March last year. Before that, it was St/garter st scarves and bulky jumpers (eewwww).

My crochet skills leave a lot to be desired - maybe I'll polish them up next.

Good luck with the cami. Let me know if you're beading it as I have some spare embellishments lying around here somewhere. I'll be happy to post them to you. x