While working on my very first knitting project, a simple scarf with a straight knit row after row after row... with the occasional yarn change for stripes... I felt the need to try something else, something different.
I learned to purl continental and learned a really easy but impressive looking waffle stitch pattern to start another scarf...
And then I started a simple hat, knitting in the round. All the other kids were doing it so I decided to give it a go.
I decided to make the hat ribbed with a basic 1x1 rib (knit1 purl1)... I fould myself modifying my finger configuration and knitting process to work with the knit one, purl one pattern.
I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").
As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).
It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...