Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January Challenge ~ Learning to Knit

This year I have challenged myself to learn a new skill every month. Something big and challenging to me. This month I chose knitting.

I have wanted to learn how to knit for years now. I have tried using DVD's and books, and even had a couple of short lessons from my Mom and a friend at a local knitting group. Fail.

A few weeks ago a friend who knits wanted some help with facebook and to let the kids play, so we traded lessons and had a wonderful visit that day.

By the time she left I was knitting. She also showed me purling and another stitch, which I promptly forgot! I practiced and practiced, but I didn't know how to actually make something useful.

My Mom came by one day and I showed her my practice. She suggested I make a dishcloth, so she got me started. By the end of the week I had half a dishcloth done! I had to call her to have her explain how to do the other half, hehe!

Here is my first dishcloth, all finished, full of mistakes and holes, but I was so proud of it!


I had a chance to go to a Hobby Lobby just after Christmas, so I bought some pretty rosewood needles and a couple skeins of cotton yarn to make more dishcloths. Below is masterpiece #2! Much better in my opinion, a few mistakes but still very useable.


I have made a few more since then, with each one I got faster and made less mistakes. I can tell now when I have messed up and I can try and fix it before I get too far along.

So, YAY, thats my January challenge! See you in February with a new challenge.....


  1. Very nice! I love shopping for yarns. These are such nice colors, especially the green !

    1. Thanks Catherine! The yarn is peaches and cream cotton yarn. I really like variegated yarn and thread.

  2. I learned to crochet this month using you Tube videos! It's not too hard, and my first big project was a washcloth, too, which I sent to my grandmother to use when she washes her dishes every morning to ease her arthritis.

    I can't wait to try out new yarns. I have just been using random yarns I had around the house. I like the yarn you used. Your pattern is very pretty. Great job! I have heard knitting is much harder than crocheting, so if you haven't learned to do that yet, then maybe you could try it in February.

    I like your idea of one mew thing a month. I had considered doing that myself. Once you learn one thing, you feel sort of empowered, don't you?? Best wishes on your next project!

    1. Thank you Heather! I have crocheted for years, but I just couldn't grasp the concept of knitting before. I do think it is harder, and I can crochet much faster. There are things I want to make that crochet just won't work well for so I was determined to learn.

      It is empowering to learn new things. I have actually been doing this for a while but I haven't blogged about it. I hope it inspires someone else to try new things too. :0)


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