Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teach Yourself to Knit

1. You need needles and yarn. Since 50 million people make stuff out of yarn, it's very possible that you could borrow some. Eventually you will need to go to the knitting shops in Chatham, Madison or Westfield or to Michael's in Watchung.

2. Judy of YouTube will show you, very slowly, and over and over again if you like, how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch.

3. Once you have got those basics down, try the purl stitch, how to add a new ball of yarn and how to bind off.

4. The Knitting Answer Book will teach you how to fix your mistakes. Yarn Harlot will teach you that it's OK to just fudge it. (But please, do not iron a piece knitted out of plastic yarn!)

5. Make a scarf (a.k.a. proof that you can knit.)

6. Check out the library's extensive collection of knitting books in the room behind the circulation desk. (It is OK to go back there. Even if it's just to get a glimpse of the book elevator instead of looking at the knitting books.)

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