Well, patience has never been one of the easiest virtues for me to come by, and knitting takes concentration and focus for a beginner. I learned the basics, but never really "got into it" like I did cross-stitching. One year for Christmas, Annette gave me The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework which included just about any kind of sewing you could imagine. I have poured over the pages at various times in my life, but couldn't bring myself to pick up knitting again...until Christmas Break this year.
I decided that I wanted to knit a baby blanket for LE before she arrives. Since we had decided on pink and brown as the accent colors for her room, those seemed like the perfect colors for a blanket. The day we got out of school, I made my way to Mich.ael's and wandered up and down their yarn aisles trying to find the perfect colors and textures for my very first adult attempt at making a blanket. I finally found some yarn that was soft and not too thick or thin that I thought I would feel comfortable working with, bought it, and came home to search the internet for an "easy baby blanket." (Some people's ideas of "easy" are obviously VERY different from mine!) I found one that only used the knit and purl stitches (the only ones I felt comfortable enough with to start) and didn't seem to be too big as a finished product and I got to work.
That first day, I would knit a few rows, think they didn't look right and then unravel them. After working for about half a day, I had completed five knitted rows and I hadn't even gotten to the true "pattern" that the instructions called for! I was bound and determined that I WOULD do this, though, so I plodded on through. At the end of the two week break, I had finished over half the blanket and felt like I was accomplishing something. I finally finished the blanket this past Thursday night, binding off the end and weaving in the stray threads. I am so proud that I have something that I have made to give to my daughter!
(If you click on the picture, you can better see that the blanket does have a pattern.)