Thursday, October 22, 2015

A new craft

Recently, I took up the task of learning to knit! It has been interesting as I have had to adapt a few things because of my paralyzed hand. But so far so good!
I have learned to cast on, do a knit stitch, a purl stitch, and cast off. I am right now teaching myself the seed stitch.
I am finding it overall relaxing to do, which is especially helpful with my anxiety. I can do it and feel productive, which can help with depression. I'm almost at the point where I can let my mind wander towards story ideas while I knit; two hobbies in one!
Some things I am still working on:
My cast-on stitch row does not look like what I see in other projects and I don't know why. The loops are far larger than I what I see. I think this is going to take more practice.
Also working on keeping even tension through the project. I am getting better, but again this is a practice thing.

So far I have only worked with aluminum needles. I am going to pick up a pair of bamboo needles to try, see how I like them. I would like to try actual wood needles too, but those appear to be harder to find. I am planning on trying out circular needles soon as well. That should be interesting!

My sister crochets, so I find it great that I am taking up the knitting (I cannot crochet due to the inability to hold the tension in the yarn doing the crochet process). I have many people cheering me on in this endeavor. They realize how big of a deal this is for me, and I love it that much more.