Merry, I've done a little knitting in the past, but I do more crocheting now. It's relaxing and keeps my hands busy. I usually stick to afghans because I don't have to be so precise with the guage on those. The problem is that in Florida you don't need too many afghans. I need to find some charity group to do them for. Maybe little lap robes for nursing homes or something. I have a friend who belongs to a group called the "knit-wits". They enjoy their weekly evening together knitting and chatting.
Good luck with your knitting. You're smart to take a class and learn the right techniques.
I'd love to learn how to knit. My mom used to knit all the time, and I always thought, "one day I'll get her to teach me". Well, now that she's gone, that won't ever happen, but I still want to learn how. Any suggestions?
(I did learn once as a teen, on HUGE fat needles, to make a long, loosely woven scarf - can still make one today, but couldn't make anything else if I tried!)
I learned to knit when I was in the 8th grade as part of a Girl Scout badge. It began m love with needle work. I most crochet or tat now because crochet is faster than knitting but I still knit an item from time to time. It does NOT mean you are getting older, it means you are becoming more seasoned in lifes skills. To me, creating something with your hands is sacred. I sew, knit, crochet, tat, applique, embroider, cross stitch and do woodwork. Do you have any idea how blown away your friends are gonna' be when you present them with a baby blanket or lap afghan you've made?! You're gonna be a goddess!!!! Needlework is therapy and a gift - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Merry, Good for you! Enjoy your course.
My daughter who is now 15 years old, learned a couple of years ago(took a course). She recently finished knitting a sweater-not perfect by any means; and is knitting us all a red wool stocking for Christmas. She has 4 pointy needles to do that...??!!lol She also volunteered for a week in the summer helping at a couple of kids classes for the knitting & crocheting classes.
She gets lots of her wool at thrift stores(I guess when all the 'old grannys' give up knitting they send the wool to the thrift stores!). She also crochets, Xstitches(I can do that) and has always been good at Friendship bracelets-figuring out the patterns/how to do it. She loves doing all that sort of activities...when she is not reading books!lol
I learned knitting as a brownie(Girl Guides). Guess if I really wanted anything knitted/crocheted I could ask my daughter!
Phyll-there probably is a place to donate any blankets, etc. where your 'summer' home is for the cold winters.(Hope that made sense!lol)
Take care everyone.
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