Most of us were not born knitters. We needed to learn knitting. Big steps, little steps, setbacks, successes – all of it took time. Sometimes quite a lot of time.
But there are always exceptions to the rule. Over the past few days I have watched with wonder and fascination a birth of a knitter.
One of my friends decided to learn to knit. After all we have been hanging around quite a bit and I am always knitting or crocheting. She has knit a few garter stitch strips as part of her school curriculum many (more than 20) years ago, but could not remember a thing.
So I came over with a spare circular needle and some of my left over yarn and started a simple … that is right.. garter stitch strip for her.
Her first few rows were a bit awkward, then she picked up speed, and by the end of the evening a few hours later had about 5″ of fabric dangling off her needle.
Next morning she told me she was ready for a project. Since she feels cold a lot, she decided to knit a pair of thick socks. So I brought over the yarn and a set of DPNs and cast on for her. Few hours later she was ready to do ribbing.
Since I could not come over right away due to feeding frenzy a.k.a. supper she tried looking on Y-Tube. This did not work for her. Finally I came over. She watched me purl a couple of stitches. Said I think I see it now, and was off knitting the ribbing on her socks. By the end of her second day of knitting she was ready to start the heel flap. I set it up, said my good byes and went home to sleep. By noon of the next day my friend finished 30 rows of heel flap. She came over and I had to disappoint her – she got turned around in the beginning and we had to unravel that part. No problem. She was back in a couple of hours with an almost perfect heel flap, so we got down to turning the heel. It took us a few tries, but the heel was perfect!
I set up the gusset and she was off!
By next morning she finished the foot and I explained to her how to do the toe. By 2p.m. the toe was ready! I Kitchenered it. Unfortunately I had no time to cast on for the second sock – she had to run to work.
I did teach her how to cast on in the evening. It toke her all of two minutes to learn it.
Three days! From not knitting at all to the completed and very presentable sock! I am pleased, amazed and glad!