Monday, October 12, 2009

Who knew?

Knitting class was wonderful.

It is hard for me to put it into words. I felt like I had been swallowed into a soft den. A magnificent room filled with the most amazing yarns swimming in color and texture. There was my very own soft spoken teacher gently coaxing the stitches off my needles. I must have looked like a wreck in the beginning, because one of the other ladies looked at me from across the circle and said - BREATHE. Oh yea.. breathe.

I sat there in this den of women listening, learning, knitting, relaxing and before I knew it - three hours had gone by. I was off working on my first project. A little bag that will be felted. Who knew these stitches were capable of coming off my needles?

If anyone out there is thinking about giving knitting a try... go for it! Find a class, group or friend. Having someone start you off on the right foot is worth more than I can say. I can't wait to go back this week.

My thanks to all of you for all of your kind words and encouragement. I feel like I've found a long lost friend.

25 comments:

Holli said...

Hip, Hip, Hooray! So glad class was a success. And here's to winter -- and long cold nights of KNITTING!

Sara said...

Oh good job Leigh! Your knitting looks super and what fantastic colors you chose! Soon you will be knitting sweaters! Good job!
Love, Sara

Jessica said...

**big smiles** I am so glad the knitting class was wonderful. I originally learned to knit from my grandma but took lessons from a friend while in college. I would drive down the road to drink hot tea and eat cucumber sandwiches around her wood stove...I still get fuzzy feelings about those lessons!

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

I knew you could do it!!!!!!

This is just the beginning...

dmoms said...

it is almost like yoga. I'm so thrilled for you. And, wow! your progress so far is looking so good. did you switch colors that often or is that the yarn? can you tell that I am still a newbie to knitting?

Amy H said...

Yay! I just started knitting in January and I'm addicted now. I know exactly how you feel! Glad your first class was such a success :)

Jacob Royer said...

I started doing a litle knitting, nothing much yet. I still perfer crochet at the moment though.

gonzomama said...

i am so impressed with your skills already!! your stitches look great! my first project was so wonky and uneven. i've only felted once and i loved it. not sure why i haven't done it again.
the colors you chose are so beautiful for a fall project. can't wait to see the end result.
enjoy!!!

Nancy said...

Good for you! What I see looks lovely. Can't wait to see your completed bag. Apparently you remembered to breathe after that lady mentioned it to you. :-)

Elephant's Eye said...

My sister taught me the basics. My mother's friend taught me cables, and how to invent patterns. Switzerland had such amazing yarn, I couldn't not knit. Now I garden!

theurbanfieldguide said...

Beautiful fall colors!

Master Builder said...

So pretty...can't wait to see it when it's done!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed your first class. It's so nice when you do something that you really enjoy and time just flies. I can't wait to see some of the things you'll be making. -Jackie

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

wooo wooo! Way to go Leigh and what a perfect time of year to find that long lost friend too.. heres to lots of knitting by the fire to you!

underthebigbluesky said...

Hooray!!!!!!!! Love those colors.

All right, knitting class going on next years list.

What a wonderful place for you to go and relax and breathe, enjoy every minute!

Jenn said...

Sounds like you found anice little group. I cant wait to find one around here! Have fun next week.

Lily Boot said...

Awesome! It looks wonderful! I'm so glad the class was a success. 'Cause you just couldn't have a lovely backyard homestead and wood fire without some knitting :-)

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Go you!
Your knting looks wonderful Leigh, and your doing stripes!...it just get easier from here...but also harder because you might get the "bug" and want to knit everything in sight.
Half of knitting is what it does to you mentally, slows you down and gives you a chance to just be....and if you are lucky enough to have wonderful comp. of ladies & kids of all ages...it's even more fun.
I'm so glad you found knitting...or maybe the knitting found you.

peacefulacres said...

I knew you could do it! If that is a pic of your first piece...that is fabulous! I remember my first piece 41 yrs ago....and it was bad...but I was only 10ish. Can't wait to see your finished felted bag.

Molly said...

yay for knitting! i love the description of being swallowed by a cozy den.

June said...

Oh, woe is me. Now I'm all alone in my knit-wittedness. As always, I admire you. YOU GO, Leigh! Can't wait to see what emerges from your needles.

nytesong said...

I'm glad you've enjoyed your class! Looks good and can't wait to see the completed project. =) I muddled through the self-taught route but recently have started attending a knitting group at a yarn shop in Squirrel Hill and I really enjoy knitting in that type of setting.

One day, I'll be ready to try to intarsia and I'll definitely be taking a class for that!

gardenmama said...

It sounds like a lovely environment Leigh : ) Congratulations on finding your way to knitting, enjoy!!

tara said...

yay, yay, yay! finding a long lost friend was exactly how i felt when i started knitting, not too long ago. i'm so happy for you! as the owner of my dangerously nearby yarn store said to me, "welcome to the fold".

heirloomgardener said...

I just found your blog and it's great. I'm a gardener and a knitter, so glad to hear of your discovery.