This week, I have taken the first baby steps in my journey to learning how to knit. Unfortunately, my hectic schedule, which involved a few trips up to Saskatoon, did not permit me to find time to actually sit down and start knitting. However, I did manage to pick up some knitting needles, yarn, and start looking for resources that might be useful on my journey.
First things first, I learned that there are a variety of different knitting needles. Not all knitting needles are one size. Some are smaller to deal with smaller yarn, and some are bigger for thicker yarn. This is already something new to me, as I thought the only difference in knitting needles was the material they were made out of. I had a lot to learn.
For the sake of my first needles and yarn, I went for what I would call a medium thickness yarn, which called for size 18 needles, which is all shown in the picture. This yarn was suggested by a friend of mine, Kealey, who learned how to knit last year and said the yarn was easy to work with for beginners. Supposedly, the smaller yarn can be difficult to work with because it’s harder to pick up with the needles, and the bigger yarn can fall apart on you if you aren’t careful. This is all stuff that is new to me, and it’s been exciting to learn so far.
Finally, let’s talk about resources. My first thought when I decided to learn to knit was YouTube. I mean, the amount of DIY projects on YouTube is crazy. You could learn how to build a functioning car on there if you wanted. So far, I found one channel that I don’t mind, and that shows promise. I plan on using this channel, and perhaps adding other channels to my repertoire as time goes on, in order to get the most information possible to learn. Additionally, on my first post, my classmate, Andrea, suggested a website, that I also plan on incorporating into my learning. In my opinion, these two resources will provide a strong basis to start knitting, and learning the basics of casting off, and perhaps even making my first item (likely a potholder).
Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a great week!