Down the angora rabbit hole

I’ve wanted to learn how to knit for at least 20 years, but it wasn’t until this spring that I made it happen. I took classes at my charming local yarn store called Stix, the same shop with fluffy, fiber-filled windows I would longingly glance into each time I walked past.

Between then and now, I’ve completed a few beanies and a beginner pair of hand warmers and am currently working on my first cowl. I’m pretty proud of myself for not giving up despite the MANY MANY times I unraveled my projects because I couldn’t figure out how to correct, what I now realize, were pretty easy mistakes.

This weekend, I’ll cast on my first sweater — Flax Light by Tin Can Knits — even though I said from the very beginning that I only wanted to knit hats and scarves and #neversweaters.

I also have a couple few a handful of some projects lined up that I’ve bought yarn for but haven’t started yet, even though I swore I would only buy the supplies for one project at a time.

And, I took a drop spindle spinning class after saying that I never wanted to learn how to spin fiber because why would I do such a thing when I could use money spent on roving for perfectly good, already spun, yarn.

I guess knitting is another one of those things about which you should never say “never.” Judging by the way things are going, this means there are sheep and a spinning wheel in my future.

Now that I’m fully addicted to knitting, I’m reading books about fiber (currently Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno) and books by other knitters (currently Knitlandia by Clara Parkes) and binge-watching knitting tutorials. I’m also a rabid Raveler and farily fluent in the secret language of knitters (see handy “knitcabulary” infographic from Knitfarious.com above).

Recently, I signed up for a class in crochet, so we’ll see what happens there.

This is my knitting journal, of sorts, where I will share my WIPs, FOs and UFOs and other fiber-related tales.

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~ Denise ~