Jessica here – Thanks for joining me!
I’d like to start my first blog post by outlining how my knitting journey began. My love of crochet didn’t arrive until several years later, so here is the start of my crafting journey…
As a young child, my grandmother had attempted to teach me to knit, being an accomplished knitter herself. Yet her efforts were fruitless and her teachings did not seem to make much of an impact on me. I supposed I have always been creative, but with my artistic talent peaking in primary school and never having been particularly gifted with woodwork or culinary skills, I reached my late teenage years with a distinct lack of a creative outlet. Soon after starting university, it became clear that I definitely wasn’t a “typical” student, preferring quiet nights in to nights out. I found myself filling my spare time with endless box sets and YouTube videos. One night, whilst lost in a deep YouTube vortex, into my recommended videos popped a “How to knit” tutorial. Naturally, I watched it and thus, the obsession began.
I had soon placed an order for a few balls of wool and a pair of knitting needles, and while I waited for it all to arrive, I delved deep into a world that I never knew existed. This was the wonderful world of knitting. I was itching to get started.
Needless to say, my first project was very hit and miss. Dropped stitches here and there, and mystery increases making appearances all over the place. I soon decided my little block of stitches was to eventually become a scarf, yet being a perfectionist, I was naturally frustrated at how wonky it was coming out. However, I persevered, and the longer the scarf grew, the more consistent my stitches became and the more natural the whole process of creating stitches felt.
For my second project, I decided to make a teddy bear using a knitting kit, and this turned out to be an initiation of fire. My enthusiasm far outstretched my ability at this point, and I naïvely set about casting on my stitches. It soon became apparent that the pattern was far too complex for my skill level, not helped by the fact that the particular yarn was difficult to work with and the needles very small. I felt discouraged at times, yet I wasn’t going to let a teddy bear defeat me. I kept going, and eventually my teddy bear took shape. There were a few unintentional holes and it didn’t look much like the picture, but I was proud of my creation nonetheless.
Thankfully, my third project was far more successful. I made a bobble hat using chunky yarn and 9mm needles, so naturally, this was a much quicker project. My pride at having created something that I was actually willing to wear in public was second to none, and to this day, that hat is my go to choice of headwear for cold winter dog walks. By the time I stitched the pompom on top, I was finally beginning to feel like I was getting the hang of this knitting thing.
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance” — Samuel Johnson