Many people have been using the extra spare time they have during lockdown as an opportunity to trial a new hobby. I turned to knitting.
The thought of being stuck inside and glued to my laptop screen all day working made being on a screen in the evenings very unappealing.
Knitting seemed like the perfect antidote.
Getting started with knitting
The assistant in the craft shop was very friendly and happy to help.
I explained I was keen to knit a scarf, but had never knitted before. He provided me with a pattern, the right amount of yarn and what he considered were the best needles to use.
On arriving home, I immediately unpacked my yarn and got started, with a newfound wave of enthusiasm for knitting.
I was confused by the instructions on my pattern at first, unfamiliar with the language of knitting.
However I soon noticed an explanation of the various abbreviations on the reverse of the pattern.
I then took to the internet, and was surprised by how many useful videos there were out there demonstrating how to do the various stitches in my pattern.
I am ashamed to say, however, that months later I am making very little progress with my scarf.
So far I have only managed to dedicate a few Saturday afternoons to knitting, and have quickly been getting frustrated each time.
Having discovered just how difficult knitting can be for beginners, I have great respect for accomplished knitters.
I have also realised I had unrealistic expectations about how quickly I would be able to teach myself!
However, all in all, the challenge has motivated me to keep going. I am determined to complete my scarf before lockdown is lifted and life becomes busy again.
While frustrating at times, I have really enjoyed switching off the TV and doing something tangible.
I am looking forward to the feeling of satisfaction when my scarf is finished and I can wear my achievement.
I definitely recommend taking up knitting — with a warning that a lot of patience is required.
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