Saturday, September 6, 2008

Craftiness Part Deux

Today was my first beginner knitting class.

My mom and I tried to learn to knit several years ago. She has since made a sweater. I think I used my needles to stake a plant.

I sucked at it. 

My fingers aren't generally that nimble. I have trouble with some fine motor skills and when it came to knitting, I would brain the concept down to the fingers, but it was like a game of telephone: The message somehow became altered and knitting was not possible.

But I thought I would give it another shot. I looked online and tried to read the diagrams, but it was about as helpful as an IKEA instruction sheet.

I went online, did a Google for "knitting classes in Tucson" and came across Purls Tucson and they had tons of classes.

So I signed up.

The class was great. 

Instead of it being a bunch of white hairs, the instructor was cool and didn't yet qualify for anything with an AARP acronym. Her assistant was a twenty-something manchild who looked like he should be doing something much more masculine than knitting but who is apparently an awesome knitter (and I heard him talking to some of my classmates, and he was a great teacher. His mommy should be proud.)

And ... I knitted!!!

Also, I finished my lunch bag right before I (possibly) broke my sewing machine!

I bought a rotary cutter and mat ... these are excellent inventions. If you ever make anything with fabric that requires cutting, buy one. And the cutters now come in pretty colors. So you get innovation AND cuteness. Awesome.


  1. I am hurt that you forgot us, but since you asked nicely, these are our blogs:

    Also, I'm jealous of your fun knitting class. I hope I can find one in Reno. I may also do a wire wrapping class at the bead shop next weekend. BTW, love the lunch bag. My trusty lunch bag suffered an unfortunate oil spill this week so I may need you to send me instructions on how to make one ...

  2. Wire makes your hands smell funny. I'm going to stick with the knitting for now!

  3. Knitting is my new favorite hobby, Kat. I'm obsessed with knitting baby hats for prego friends. Baby items are the best because you can finish them fast. Good luck with your class.