Welcome to the continuing saga of a knitter’s journey to becoming a master knitter….
HA! Truly, that is what I’m going to be writing a lot about, but I hope it’s more entertaining than the melodramatic opening above. How about this….
Hi, my name is Amy and I am a knitter. It’s been about five minutes since I made my last purl stitch…
Knitting is addictive so that opening is rather accurate. I’ve never been addicted to anything before, but I really think I am hooked on knitting (or can one only be “hooked” on crochet?). I’ll be sitting in my office at work and my fingers will literally twitch with desire to pick up and do just one row…just to get me through ’til lunch. It’s pathetic, really, isn’t it? Especially now.
Why now, you ask? (Okay, so perhaps you didn’t ask, but I’m on a roll here…) It’s especially pathetic now because I’m knitting swatches. Just swatches. Oftentimes the same swatch, over and over and over. You see, I’ve gotten it into my head to become a Master Knitter. So I’ve plunked down my money for the Level I packet and now I am faced with the daunting task of 16 swatches and a hat.
I didn’t think it was going to be so daunting when I decided to do this. I’ve been knitting for quite some time and I’ve completed some pretty cool things. I have done cables and lace, for heaven’s sake! As it turns out, what I haven’t done is tried to knit a simple 2×2 rib in light-colored worsted weight wool. In case you’ve not done this yourself, light-colored worsted weight wool shows EVERY UNEVEN STITCH. I mean, wow. I really can’t knit. At all. Huh.
Okay, enough self-loathing. There is most definitely a positive here. I am learning! A lot. I’ve cracked open my knitting reference books and read them (gasp!). And the On the Way to the Masters articles in Cast-On magazine (from the Knitting Guild Association, who is responsible for making master knitters) are truly fabulous. I’ve already studied up on tension problems, increases, and choosing the right yarn, and I’m only on the first swatch!
Hmmmm, maybe this is really what the Master Knitter program is all about….. Stay tuned!