A plan of mine for 2009 was to learn how to knit. Nice relatives gave me knitting needles and the book I wanted on Christmas Day and by Boxing Day I had taught myself enough to be able to knit my first little garter stitch square. Before 2009 had even begun, I had a growing pile of squares of different stitches and a plan to turn them into a blanket.
I'm loving it. The addictive qualities of knitting have completely taken me by surprise. That moment, late in the evening, when you start saying to yourself just one more row...and before you know it its gone midnight and one more row has turned into at least 10.
I'm learning with this blanket. A few wonky stitches will be part of its charm! And I aim for it to be so huge that nobody will notice them anyway.
At this time of year, as always, I am swamped at work. Staying late and working weekends. The knitting is helping me to relax and forget about balance sheets and tax provisions when I get home. Today, I even took my knitting with me on the tube for the first time. I didn't poke anyone accidentally with a needle so I may try it again.
And it seems that its not just me learning to knit. Check this out! I've put my name on their mailing list and I'll definitely be going to go along to their next get together.
Maybe my ambition of knitting gorgeous socks like the ones my mother makes is not too many years away.