All through my 20’s, I searched for a hobby that fit me. I’m not super creative or artsy or terribly good with my hands, so many hobbies were out of reach to me. For others, there was too much “gear” needed. I don’t have a sewing room, or a scrapbooking corner. And I didn’t want to hassle with all the stuff.
Then, all of a sudden, knitting became all the rage and I decided to take a Learn to Knit class at my local yarn store. That was that. I was hooked.
I’ve been knitting now for 5 years now and I’ve become more and more convinced that it’s the perfect hobby for the Penelope Personality.
Here are several reasons why I think so:
- It teaches you to be OK with really sucking at something when you’re first learning. And that’s a lesson I’ll bet you can use.
- It’s easy to stop and start. You don’t need to get out a million things to work on it and then put them all away again.
- It’s totally portable. No more wasting time doing nothing while you wait for your doctor’s appointment.
- Knitting doesn’t take much physical space. It’s easy to “contain”.
- I’ve met more Penelopes in the knitter community than in any other sub-group of society.
- It means you can constantly multi-task. Feel lazy watching TV? How ’bout knitting a scarf for your best friend while you watch Law & Order? Now you’re not lazy, you’re a caring, productive friend.
- You can be as creative, or not, as you want. You can follow a pattern exactly and choose the exact same yarn the designer did or you can make the project your own. Love that sweater, but hate the stripes? No problem. You can knit it in a gorgeous, champagne-colored yarn. Or vice versa. It’s a great way to be creative when you’re not naturally artsy.
- There are so many beautiful, non-Granny things you can knit. Seriously. Here are just a few:
Heck, it even looks great while it’s in process:
If you think you can’t knit, you’re wrong. It’s that simple. I’m SO not crafty and yet I can knit and purl with the best of them.
Have I interested you? I hope so.
If you want to learn to knit, the very easiest way is to register for a class at your local yarn store. Just google “yarn store + your city (or metro area)” and you’ll find one.
The second best way to knit (and one that so many people have used) is to learn to knit virtually. From the comfort of your own computer screen. A great place to start is Monday Morning Knits. Knitting Guru and designer Melissa Monday has gifted us with the attached Learn to Knit PDF and you can visit her site for some great video tutorials that walk you through each step. Having trouble? Email her. Melissa is passionate about helping new Penelopes become knitters.
Ok. Off the soap box. Whew!
Now, tell me, what’s your hobby of choice?