You had to see this coming! OF COURSE K IS FOR KNITTING! What else could it POSSIBLY be for? Really now.
I took my first knitting class in 2000, after a friend at work recommended Sharon Shoji as an excellent instructor. In my first class, Sharon taught us to knit plain knitting all the way through ribbing. After an initial struggle with the ribbing, I got the hang of it. We progressed through textured knitting to cables and lace and from there, I was totally and completely hooked.
In 2008, I started this blog. Shortly after, I decided to start Knoontime Knitting, where I focus on the crafts that make me totally bonzo: knitting, of course, but also needlepoint and embroidery (my first textile art, in fact), weaving, calligraphy, and pysanky. I love to make things with my hands but didn’t allow myself to do much of it until I took my classes with Sharon.
What I have learned informs my writing process as much as my textile arts. See, it’s like this:
- If you keep going, you’ll end up with enough knit and purl stitches to make a scarf, or a sweater, or an afghan.
- Dropped stitches don’t always mean the piece is ruined. Sometimes you just need to undo a little bit.
- Some mistakes make the piece more beautiful and unique.
- If you let it, knitting will soothe you the way flowing water does.
- Learning new techniques keeps it interesting. Always be a beginner. Zen mind, beginner’s mind.