Over three years ago, my sister, Susan and her family made their first visit to Ft. Collins. Susan and I were able to get away for a few hours (as I recall it was Valentine's Day) to explore Old Town. We both had wanted to learn to knit and thus made our way to a local yarn shop. With zero knowledge we each bought needles and yarn determined to produce something. That evening, after a family dinner, the guys headed off to the movies while Susan and I settled in with YouTube determined to learn to knit. (Yes, it was Valentine's Day, you can tell none of us care since we spent approximately zero time with our spouses.)
Fast forward three years. I have started and restarted my scarf several times. (Note to self, a scarf is a crappy first project for those with instant gratification problems.) Susan started and restarted and now doesn't remember the stitches.
All of this to say, life happens.
And knitting is a challenge.
But, I found my way back.
The project that brought me back was actually not knitting related at all. It was Interwoven another wonderful collabaration from the women of 3191 (along with Quince & Co.). I first saw this project mentioned on their blog while we were still in the states and ordered it to be waiting for me when we arrived. I fell hard and immediately ordered yarn. That's when my shift from half-hearted knitter to lover of yarn began. The yarn I bought was good quality yarn but it didn't feel like this. I made a few necklaces and then picked up the knitting needles again once we were unpacked. I finally got it (thanks to lots of practice and buying the book "Stitch and Bitch").
As of this weekend, I've finished four hats and learned to purl. I'll be honest they aren't perfect due to my approximations of the pattern (my needles are a bit smaller than what the pattern called for though I tried to account for that) and apparently very tight knitting style but I really like them and am so proud to have finished them. I'm even dreaming of a sweater. (I better start now in order to finish by 2015.) I've ordered more needles, have yarn on hand and am ready to start another one. I also ordered a few crochet hooks in hopes of making some Granny Squares.
The best part of all of this, is that these four hats are headed to Craft Hope Project 16. And that is something that makes me very happy.