In the run-up to Christmas, I used my companionship (two hours per week with a carer in which to take care of the many chores of “living independently”) to destash my craft & planner supplies.
This destash resulted in a lot of boxes headed (eventually) to charity. Of particular note for this post were the three huge black sacks of yarn.
My plan, you see, was to only have enough of a stash to fit in to a single Dröna box on the Kallax unit in the corner of my bedroom. I just don’t have the space to store more. Rather, I don’t have the space within reach, and anything not within reach or sight gets lost and forgotten.
So, I packed up the vast majority of my stash with the full and charitable intention of giving it away.
And then something happened. Something strange and marvellous.
I learned how to knit.
Well, the strange and marvellous thing isn’t that I learned to knit, exactly. The strange and marvellous thing is that I learned how to knit after years of trying.
Yes, that’s right. Years.
I have tried before a number of times, but I just couldn’t manage the needles. My coordination was awful. My arms flapped like chicken wings. I’d lose count and somehow wound up with twice as many stitches as I began. I couldn’t tell the difference between a purl and a knit stitch. I couldn’t figure out how to rip stitches to fix a mistake without tearing out the whole thing. My hands cramped terribly after just a few minutes, and stayed cramped all night so I woke up with claws.
I was on the verge of throwing in the towel altogether when a friend suggested I try crochet. “It only needs one hook,” she promised, and she was right: crochet was so much easier and so much more satisfying than every previous attempt to knit combined.
And yet… and yet, and yet.
I’ve always preferred knitting. Though crochet is easier to undo or work in the round, knitted stitches just look so much nicer.
And who can argue that knitting is on trend? Knitting is so on trend, you can’t escape it no matter where on the interwebs you go. Pinterest, Instagram, craft blogs, DIY blogs, interior design… “Look at this texture!” they cry. “You can almost feel how soft this yarn is just by looking!”
And so, in my jealousy, I thought: just one more try.
It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.