#26 on my list of 101 things is “learn to knit”.
I have, since the end of December, been doing just that. I’ve been to several local yarn shops. I’ve joined two separate knitting groups. I’ve read two Stitch and Bitch books nearly cover to cover. I’ve used bamboo straight needles and have just started using circulars. I learned how to use double pointed needles last weekend. I’ve done up four scarves with another on the way, and the beginnings of an alpaca silk wrap working up. I’ve even flagged a pullover pattern and a hat for my next two projects, dreaming of the yarn I shall purchase and the needles I shall use. For gosh sakes, I dragged my non-knitting mom to not one but TWO local yarn stores to pet wool (it worked out well – she liked the purty colors and even picked up a pullover pattern all special for me. She may have been buying her freedom to get me out of the store)
So – since the purpose was to learn this skill without any guarantee that I would become devout, when I will be able to mark this item as complete? I can cast on, knit, purl, bind off. I can follow a simple pattern. But have I really learned to knit? I haven’t increased, decreased, seamed, cabled, aran’d, and all the other multitude of fun things one can do with “knit”. I know the basics, but are the basics really enough to define one as learn-ed? Is it counted by stitches knit, finished objects, variety of patterns? I have come to believe it’s a lifelong learning item, much like painting or pottery or programming where one can learn new things daily about the craft – and it’s not that I’m obsessed with the list or anything. No, not me at all. Although, have you noticed that I’m up to 6/101? That’s, ya know, 6% if you round up. And, you know, if #26 doesn’t get completed right away, I’m sure I can find something else to bring me up to 7%.
I am a keener. Which again brings me to the question – when can I declare #26 “complete”? Please send suggestions, Great Knitting Ones.