I'm casting on! I did a knit! I did a purl! Wahoo! I feel like a cheerleader for my own knitting team. A core group of us at work held a second knitting lunch at work and this is my progress. I did change my needles to size 13 and got chunky yarn to match. It helps to be able to see what I'm doing. I'm mindful as I learn to knit that, at my age, it's so rare to learn something completely new. It gives such insight into the hurdles (and sense of satisfaction) that my toddler son encounters everyday as he learns new things. How frustrating it is to not be able to do something and then how glorious it feels to figure it out all by yourself. Except, nearly everything he encounters requires a new skill. No wonder toddlers need so much immediate attention and vascillate between "Do it for me!" and "I can do it myself!". I found my own self vying for the attention of my knitting coworker as I was trying to learn but as soon as I figured something out I just wanted to sink into my own world as I did it again and again. Until I hit a snag...then I wanted her to immediately help me. Hmmm, it was all just a little too familiar.
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