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Confessions of a Newbie Knitter
Created By: C Carrie

I confess, I am a Newbie Knitter. I am not so new now that the paint is still on the ends of my metal needles, but new enough. I came into the craze wanting one of those ridiculously fluffy scarves everyone had but I didn't want to spend that much on one. My mother gave me a knit-your-own scarf kit for christmas. I attacked! I devoured the instructions for a basic garter stitch scarf. I toyed with the size 11 bamboo needles. I adored the hot pink fluffy yarn. The only problem? I couldn't do it. I could cast on, but I couldn't knit a stitch. Not one. I tried. I dropped, fumbled, cursed, threw things, threatened the instructions. I couldn't do it. My mother made that scarf for me. I watched her do it over the next two days, glaring at the evil instrucions. Around February, my mother had the brilliant idea of making those very same evil little fluffy scarves for Easter basket grass. However, she didn't have enough time or hand ability (surgury). Once again I tried those so-simple-a-child-could-follow-it instructions. It clicked. I knitted. I had about a dozen holes and made it so short I had to give it to my daughter to wear but I made it! That thrill, the rush. Any knitter knows that feeling when they've completed a project worthy of scaling Mt Everest. I ended up making 5 of the needed 7 scarves. I just couldn't stop. I plunged into the libraries knitting section and away I went. I went for the simplest patterns I could find. No double pointed anything. No circular anything. No needles smaller than a size 5. And no gage other than 18x24. Thankfully, I have branched out. I discovered Lion Brand at the local Walmart and branched far away from my picky-ness. I knit for babies, I knit washclothes for everyone I could think of (even my brother). I spend half of my time in any store surrounded by yarns and dreams of the perfect sweater. And then I get distracted by a new free pattern offered and off again into knitting heaven. I have folders and notebooks of patterns I probably will never make. I have yarn stashes in the closet that makes it a hazard for anyone to open it without a good step back. I ignore the phone, the mail, my daughters bedtime all in the name of "one more row". Yet, for all that, I'm still a newbie. Every day there is a new pattern being made. A new yarn is dreamed up. A new book is being worked on. I can knit and purl and not much else still. I have never made a sweater to fit an adult. Dog yes, baby yes. Never anyone over the size of 12 months. One day I will take that plunge and knit a pair of socks. I will make that perfect sweater pattern AND knit it. Until that day, I know that there is an entire web of knitters making this world spin on their needles, an entire society of crocheters hooking the seasons through. And I dont feel all that new. I feel at home. I feel like I'm part of something that may never be seen. (All the knitters and crocheters in the world together at once?) But I belong. There will always be yarn to keep us together. With every stitch that bond grows bigger and stronger.

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