I am dying to learn how to knit.
I've seen so many gorgeous things on the Internet lately, mostly made by other moms and posted on Etsy (the eBay of home crafts). I want to make Gabi lovely winter hats and finger puppets. And maybe a sweater or two. And I could make blankets for new babies! And purses!
I really don't know what's become of me. My friends from college would die laughing if they knew I wanted to knit. It's just so not me. I've always appreciated hand made things, but the idea of me doing something myself was laughable. I didn't have the talent, the patience or even a smidgen of desire. I'm still at the stick figure stage of creative development.
But now that I'm 90% domesticated, I have an overwhelming need to learn some sort of craft before I get too old. My options are fairly limited as I work from the left side of my brain. Logical and analytical do not pretty pictures make. I need something that provides direction.
After salivating over a beautiful, raspberry colored children's hat, the knitting obsession started to well up inside me. I could do this! The most creative I'd have to get with knitting is what color yarn to use! The rest would be guided by little directions on what type of loop to use, and for how long. An orderly hobby. Perfect.
Only, I don't have anyone to teach me. I tried to teach myself, and it was a disaster. The directions read like a foreign language, and by the end of my "lesson", the yarn wasn't even salvageable. One of my mom's friends was going to join us for Christmas and give me lessons, but her plans changed. And I don't know anyone locally who knits.
Do I take a class? An online tutorial? Post a note somewhere? Where are all of the people who want to pass their knowledge down? WHERE ARE YOU? Here I am, an eager pupil, with no frickin idea how to find a teacher for one of the oldest art forms around.
Now that I know I want to learn how to knit, I just need to figure out HOW to learn how to knit.