Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Knitters Are Cool

I had my first knitting class today, and I am so happy and proud of myself for signing up for it. Happy, because it was relaxing and fun, and there were a bunch of cool women in the class. Proud, because despite being in the midst of going through a rough time right now, I was able to take this positive step towards creating the kind of (non-lawfirm) life that I want. A more stress-free life that includes time for me, the activities I enjoy, and the people that I care about.

When the class started, we had to go around in a circle and introduce ourselves. I was the only lawyer in the room, and the only one who said they wanted to try knitting because they were "stressed out" and wanted to relax. Yes, I actually said that. My god, I can't wait for the day when that description no longer fits. The other women's energy was about 10 blissful octaves below mine. They seemed relaxed, genuinely interested in the creative process, and I got the sense that they all had full lives beyond their jobs.

It was like the Twilight Zone. No one was stressed out. No one was checking their blackberries. I loved it.

Tonight, we learned how to "cast on," "knit stitch," and "pearl stitch." My delightfully imperfect attempts at all of those skills are pictured above. All in all, I think I did a decent job, and I truly enjoyed it. It takes a lot of focus, and once I get good enough to get a rhythm going, I could see how knitting could be incredibly relaxing, and almost meditative. The perfect thing to practice while watching tonight's coverage of the election returns.

Go Dems!


wood said...

congrats. I hope you love knitting. are you using purple yarn? I picture you relaxing with dark purple yarn.

N. Mallory said...

I'm jealous. You're so much better than me.

I think I'm just way too anxious to be really good at it. Your stitches are so consistent!


Tracy said...

Lovely! I learned how to crochet about seven years ago, and it is a fun hobby. A friend of mine tried to teach me how to knit, but I couldn't really get the hang of it. Your work looks great!

Buttercup said...

You guys, my work is a disaster!! I have a bunch of dropped threads, and I switched from knitting to pearling haphazardly. But, it's ok b/c it's knitting! And knitting is supposed to be fun! That's how I'm looking at it.

Wood, I got baby blue to practice on, but as quickly as possible I will be moving into the lilac-eggplant shades. I can't wait. How will I figure out what kind of thread to use? That will be my big upcoming knitting dilemna. Maybe I will make a big bulky scarf. I don't want it to be itchy though.

InterstellarLass said...

Yay for you! Looks good to me! Just don't forget to check your gauge and count your stitches!

Dropping stitches is to be expected...everyone does it. You'll learn how to fix it. And right now you're practicing, so it's not expected to be perfect. Enjoy!