Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Confessions, Part III

Yes, I am still slightly obsessed with Twilight. I have finally put down the books, but I did preorder the dvd…

Anyway, my latest Twilight obsession is with the mittens the main character wears in the film. I decided I wanted to get a pair, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. I did however find the pattern, courtesy of Subliminal Rabbit. I have always wanted to knit, but never got around to learning. So last night I decided to ask my roommate to knit me a pair. I was going to offer to buy the yarn and pay her whatever she thought was reasonable. She had other ideas though.
Basically as soon as I got the word ‘knit’ out she ran into her room and came out with a ball of yarn and needles. She thought I wanted to learn how to knit, not pay her to knit something for me. I was pretty skeptical – not of her ability to teach me, but my ability to learn. I write with my left hand, but I do most other things with my right hand. When I’m up to bat, I’m a leftie, but when I’m catching, I throw with my right hand. I can only use a scissors in my right hand. I play pool right handed and I shoot a gun with my right hand. I think I might golf left handed, but I’ve only ever done mini-golf and maybe I would do better if I tried it right handed because I am pretty bad. Ok, really, really bad.

The point is that I had no idea which hand would be dominant for knitting. But I was game to learn. And after about 20 minutes, I sort of had it down! After an hour, my rows were starting to straighten up and I was getting the hang of it! And it was actually fun. Here’s how far I got last night. I am sure anyone that has ever knit something can see that I have a long way to go, but it’s a pretty damn good start.


radioactive girl said...

Hooray! As a knitter, I can tell you that it fills my heart with joy to see other people learning to knit.

I think in that previous sentence I reinforced the myth of knitters being big dorks. I promise you it isn't something that applies to knitters in general, just to me.

I have seen tons of patterns for those mittens. You should check out/join I'm on there. My daughter is on there and she barely knows how to knit. Everyone is doing it. I can't wait to read more about you learning to knit. When I first started, I got so frustrated that I wanted to throw it against the wall half the time. Now I love it!

5 of 9er said...

I read the first chapter while waiting for my car's oil to be changed... and then forgot to pick it up again. That was last Thanksgiving. I need to finish that book... but no way am I reading the series.

Like the new gloves. :)

radioactive girl said...

I am just starting the second book now. Is it really really sad that I cried over the book?