I never thought that I would or could ever consider myself a knitter. Well, with a new home, a new town, a new state came a new and unexpected group of friends, my knitting group (as I fondly refer to them.) Unexpected because I don't knit or didn't knit until I met these amazing ladies. Mind you, I had only tried knitting as a Girl Scout back in the 80's. I don't even think I earned a badge because like many things I try I don't end up completing. Well, no more! With the guidance and patience of my knitting group I made my first project! This is no beginners first project either. I knitted the popular Citron Shawl. I used the most beautiful hand dyed yarn from String Theory. The shawl hasn't been blocked or finished yet -- I need the help of my knitting group to do that!
I don't think I could have done this if it hadn't been a "knit along project". We all worked on our own shawl. As I beginner I could see first hand what it was suppose to look like and what the pitfalls of deciphering the pattern were. It took me twice as long to complete as the others (partly because I started over several times).
The other neat thing about my knitting group, besides the fact they are so warm and welcoming, is 2 of the women have adopted children and one is an adult adoptee! I am not kidding you. I joined this group because of a friend of my husbands said "I know someone who lives in your new town. You should meet them." Crazy. You can imagine, I feel right at home as an adult adoptee mama to an adopted daughter! This is the group we are doing the Asian New Year potluck with.
So here is the kicker. What you can't tell is -- it is too small for me! I knit so tightly it came out teen sized! (I also have the shoulders of a line backer!) Good thing I have two daughters who will inherit it some day.