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Mostly, yes. I started it at the end of college, and just knit scarves. It was totally mindless, and worked well to help me focus. I've always been antsy, which is why I make so much stuff. If you like making stuff with your hands, odds are you'll like knitting.
My suggestion would be to get a big, thick ball of cheap yarn (not too dark or it'll be hard to see the stitches), find a pair of needles, and knit some kind of rectangle. Don't worry about following a pattern, or counting stitches, just get a feel for the tactility of knitting and see if it works for you.
Tomorrow's my day off, I'll upload some links to tutorials and stuff - YouTube is how I learned to knit, I found the visual nature of it really clarified the techniques for me.
Personally, I find knitting very satisfying, and a nice combination of several of my interests. Math, design, craft, hand stuff. It's now something I'll usually do instead of reaching for my phone - not consciously, it's just naturally more interesting to me most of the time.
I'm really good at knitting in near-darkness now because I knit while I'm sitting guard during naptime at the pre-school. There's something very meditative and immersive about just counting stitches with your fingertips, feeling your way along the row. There's a movie theater near me that has $4 tickets, and I go see a random movie a few times a week and just knit as well as I can in the darkness. I usually end up with a somewhat lumpy scarf or blanket at the end of it.
Anyway, I think it's a good way to spend your time. If I could play video games, make music, or read while knitting, I would probably never leave the house again.
Yeah, I too had a realization that most of knitting wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.
I used a cheap aran weight yarn from Joann's fabrics for the white mitten, and a nice local alpaca wool for the hat - I have the specific name spmewhere if you want it.
Some very localized cheer.
I can't stop knitting these fucking christmas ornaments. I'm up to around 3 a day now.
Also on the "tree" (which is a rosemary bush this year): 2 silver stars that came with the tea-based advent calendar I have, and a CVS snowman from 1998. I brought this all the way from home over a year ago.
My siblings and I always got a new ornament every year when we were growing up, usually some little handcrafted thing or a pretty sculptural doodad. In 1998, my mom had 3 little boys, and was pregnant with a 4th kid, so she was a touch preoccupied. My dad got these on Christmas at CVS when he realized he forgot the ornaments (or rather, when I realized and started crying hysterically).
There's something about it I find comforting and oddly charming.
Other things are happening, mostly related to moving, but I'm pretty happy on the whole.
UPDATE: Made a Hubski ornament, if anyone wants it, let me know. Happy to send it to you, just cover the shipping. Will gladly make more if others want one.
At home sick today. These damn preschoolers are diiiisgusting. Anyway, more time for knitting and games.
Matching Hat/A mitten
I learned cabling recently, made the hat from this pattern. Not sure whether I'm going to make another mitten to match this one, started on another pair. This was the first mitten I've made, it's got some structural problems (and, uh, the pattern is actually on the inside of the mitten because I made it upside down).
EDIT: Mitten 1 finished.
Dala, just realized I never responded to your knitting - it looks awesome! Some really beautiful colors, and the lace is great.
Here's the video I used to learn brioche, I think it's actually pretty easy once you have it set up. The scarf is knit using just one repeating row, you should give it a shot!
Here's a good finger knitting video - I've used it to make a hat, but you can use it to make any roughly circular object you want. A bonus is that, because of how tactile the process is, you can fingerknit without looking once you've got a bit of practice. I actually knit (one of) those legwarmers while watching a movie at my local theater. My next finger knitting project is a Haramaki, AKA a belly warmer.
I'd love to see what you're working on! And also puppy pictures.
Dala, some knitting.
A hat, made with this pattern. Probably the most complex knitting I've done so far.
Some fingerknit leg warmers.
Half a scarf. Brioche knit.
I've started working 35 hours a week at the preschool. That is too long. 9 hours today, 13 kids.
I'm 23 today.
I grew up right next to a Shakesperean theater in CT. It's massive, I think it housed about 2000 or so audience members in its prime. Its shows starred Katherine Hepburn, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Walken, and a whole bunch of other folks throughout its many years of theater. As a side note, the house my family lives in now used to be an inn that the actors at the theater would stay at during their residency. Probably some interesting ghosts futzing about.
The theater shut down for good the week after my family moved next door to it. It's been closed ever since.
There's always been a big community push to try and have it re-opened, or at least to have theater done on its premises. My brother's big passion in life was acting, and my parents (and some real rich friends) made a memorial non-profit theater academy in his honor a few years ago, and have been doing theater every summer on the grounds [EDIT FOR CLARITY: the literal grounds. as in the grass outside] of the theater. This summer will be the 5th year it's been around.
The gist of it is that 14 or so college-aged actors live in our house for 6 weeks, go through an intensive series of classes on theater-making and put up 2 shakespeare shows in repertory at the end of the program. Other buzz-words include "site-specific" (meaning we usually put up shows in the woods) and "ensemble-based". Basically, the goal is, by the end of the program, to teach students how to go out and make theater on their own, from acting and directing to booking spaces and getting publicity.
As you can imagine, putting 14 college-aged students into one house for 6 weeks can lead to some problems. My job, for the first three summers, was to take care of those problems. I was the cook, cleaner, therapist, bike-fixer, and general handyman for the company. Additionally, I was asked to write, perform, and record music for the shows (which I actually had a lot of fun with), and helped construct the stages and do whatever general work needed doing.
Last year was the first summer I wasn't around to help. It was a slight disaster. The shows went up, but the students were constantly fighting and discontent, and spent almost every night getting completely trashed. We rely pretty heavily on previous students' word of mouth to get prospective new students interested, but I suspect that may not work so well this year. I'm coming back this summer in part to make sure things get back on track, and also to figure out what exactly my job was, and how to hire another person to do it permanently.
I'd be happy to PM you a link to the program's site if you're interested!
Been a few weeks, get ready for a lot of words.
My partner is using she/her pronouns again, a fact which could not be more insignificant to basically anyone on here. I only mention it so that there's less confusion if I say "my girlfriend" - still the same person I've been dating for 6-ish years (give or take a few months), just using female pronouns again.
I've been doing an insane amount of knitting recently. I bought a small garbage bag full of yarn from a Goodwill recently, and have been working my way through it. I've also been doing a little bit of bookbindin, which I haven't done since college. I've decided that it's just not possible to sew in my tiny apartment with my neurotic dog around, so i'm keeping busy making other things.
I'm moving back east again in June. Portland is great, and I may very well end up in Oregon again later on, but there's a lot I need to deal with on the other coast. I'm staying here through the end of the school year, then going home. I'm going to try and fix the Shakespeare program my parents run, save some money, and move to VT or Maine with my partner, puppy, and a roommate from college. We're hoping to move to a suburb of a smaller city and rent an actual house. I need more than 500 sq. ft right now.
I'm gonna try really hard not to move again for a few years after this. We'll see.
The same Emerson quote that's been haunting me for a few years: "We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd". (from "Experience", an essay that shakes me every time I read it).
For the whole time I've been making music, I've also been making excuses for why I never play in public. Hell, even just go to an open mic every month or so. There are about 20 full, pretty good songs that I have written and nobody's ever heard. I'm scared of leaving behind less than I could have.
I'm scared of dying young and full of ideas, like my brother. It would be his 25th birthday this Thursday, and I'll probably spend some of the night looking over the notes he made in the margins of scripts he never got a chance to direct.