This weekend I got it in my head to finally learn how to knit. I taught myself how to crochet many years ago and love it so Saturday I watched a couple of free videos on the internet and started on a scarf. Casting on was fairly easy for me to get down(I could cast on all day long) but by the end of the first hour I had redone my scarf numerous times trying to get the knitting stitches even. I couldn’t find a comfortable placement of the yarn and needle and my patience was getting worn. I tried wrapping around each finger numerous ways and still ended up dropping the needle out of the stitches at times. Talk about frustration! Thoughts of giving up for the night fluttered in my mind. At one time my husband looked at me over his computer and claimed “you’re so cute!” with a big grin. The look I gave him obviously didn’t work because he then started laughing.
By hour two I had figured out the knitting stitch. On to the purl stitch I went, feeling like I could conquer anything. Well that feeling didn’t last long! I thought I was doing it right but when I had to knit over my previous purl stitches things didn’t look so good. It was like the stitches were multiplying! Oh my, what did I do? I kept at it and watched another video…aha! I saw what I was doing wrong and promptly corrected it. So by the end of a couple of hours I had about 2 inches of my scarf done after starting it more than 20 times(no exaggeration here). The next day I continued the scarf with very little harassment from the yarn or needle and added a couple more inches to my lovely scarf.
So does it take only two hours to learn to knit? Not for me, at least. You see it was around two years ago when I first said to myself “I would like to learn how to knit”. It took me a year and a half to buy the knitting needles and many months more to finally get the courage to try to learn. So for my case I would say 2 years and 2 hours! (I have been told I am stubborn!) And I have about 12 inches of a scarf to show for it! ;D
How long did it take you to learn a new craft whether it was knitting, crochet, quilting or etc.?