I did it. This past Sunday, I finished my very first knitting project. It was supposed to be a scarf, but given its width, it's more like a throw blanket. And I love it. I'm so proud that I finished this project in time for our knit-a-thon (more on that in a moment). Of course, my teacher, Mary, had to show me how to bind off and bring a darning needle so I could weave in the ends, but this experience taught me a lot.
Mary said something very true as she was teaching someone else to knit at the knit-a-thon. "Knitting taught me to be patient with myself and to let things go. I used to be very hard on myself, but it has helped me overcome that." It was profound and very true. We can be our own harshest critics. I know that I am the most hard on myself than anyone else has ever come down on me. When I knit, though, I just let the clink of the needles and the steps I have to go through fill my head. Everything else just washes away. I knit while I watch tv, sure, but I do enjoy knitting in silence or with my headphones on. It has become another form of therapy for me and I am enjoying it immensely.
So, the knit-a-thon. A lot of us at work already knit or are willing students. Matt even wants to learn at this next one so we'll see how that goes. The knit-a-thon came about when Brian told us about his volunteering for a church that helps out the homeless in our community. We've donated clothes, blankets, and other things to help these down-on-their-luck people stay warm during these frigid Wisconsin winters. Scarves are easy and some of the more advanced people are also doing hats to donate. Brian was deeply touched by all of our interest in it and thus, the knit-a-thon was born. We met at our favorite bar this last time to enjoy some fried food and an old fashioned or two, but the next one we have in the works will be hosted by another co-worker, Sarah. I plan on photographing this one, but I'd like to share the scarf I started and casted-on all by myself. I love the color and smaller width is making this go quicker.
Aside from finishing this scarf and starting another one for the next knit-a-thon, I also have projects lined up for my brother, my mom, and Matt. I'm perfectly fine with staying in this winter, watching good movies, and knitting up a storm. I hope that with practice in scarf making, I can move on to something scary, like a hat or, if I become overly ambitious, a sweater o_o That won't be for a while, though.