Loops and Learning to Knit
Are you artsy fartsy? Do you love crafting, scrapbooking, sewing and making things? If you're looking for a new project, or even a new activity to try with one of your little ones, you may enjoy the pasttime that is quickly gaining in popularity: knitting!
You all may know I enjoy sewing simple projects and baby slings, anything with straight lines really. I've thought for some time I might enjoy knitting. My Nana taught me to crochet when I was younger (way younger now that I think about it), though I don't really remember how to do it. I figured it can't be any harder than that, and it would be nice to have a basket of projects I could pick up and put down any time, and work on in the evenings while the kids are playing and watching TV. So, when one of my very best friends, Danielle, mentioned she'd signed up for Knitting 101 at Loops, I was ready to jump on the bandwagon!
Compared to most of the activities I blog about, taking a knitting class is a little on the pricey side at $59 a pop, with supplies an additional cost. But you have to remember, you're paying for specialized instruction from an expert knitter, as well as investing in the hardware. You can always purchase supplies from stores other than Loops, but I can tell you from experience, the quality of products they sell surpasses that of discount stores. I've tried to knit with lesser quality needles and yarn, and it can sometimes be more difficult as well as turn out pieces that just aren't as nice.
I had intended to go alone for some grown up girl time with my friend, and then realized Corrinne, my step-daughter, was about the same age I was when I learned to crochet as a girl. Since I needed to take her clothes shopping that day, I talked her in to coming along with me. I figured if she wanted to jump in, or even watch and learn with me, she could. Otherwise, she could find ways to occupy herself for an hour while we knitted (or tried to knit)!
Here are Danielle and I learning to cast on.
Corrinne was a little out of her element at first.
Danielle offered her Angry Birds on her phone to play, and she was happier. Meanwhile, we kept working. The first picture is of my casting on, and the second is the first row I added after casting on!
It was so fun to hear people around the table saying, "I'm knitting!" Before I knew it, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that Corrinne was watching me. At one point, I got confused and forgot where I was, and she started reminding me what to do! Think she was paying attention without us knowing? I think so! Finally, after turning down several offers, Corrinne accepted a spare pair of needles and some extra yarn from a couple of the Loops Troops, and got started on her own project.
She picked it up way faster than the rest of us! She had several rows of stitches on her needles by the time we walked out of there. I went ahead and bought her her own set of needles and a skein of yarn to get her project started. She kept telling her friends (and anyone else she ran into throughout the day), "I can sew!" We kept reminding her it was knitting, not sewing, but I don't think she really cared; she was just ecstatic about her new skill!
So proud of my girl!
In this class, we learned to cast on, learned the basic knit stitch, purling, yarn overs, and began three different projects. Here are mine:
My first project, the scarf using the basic knit stitch.
Project #2, the hat, using the circular needles.
And my final project, the Christmas Creep Scarf, which includes the yarn over.
We took our class back in May, and I think it's just about time to get out my projects and finish them. There's something about a chill in the air that adds just the extra bit of motivation I need to produce clothing to keep you warm in it!
Loops has two locations in Tulsa, one in Utica Square, and one on Memorial just south of 81st Street. Check out their classes for yourself and a friend, and stop in for gift cards for the holiday season!
See you around town!