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Get off facebook and into knitting!
Member Name: Sapphylcw
Advantages: Keeps you busy, can make original items, feels really good when you make something yourself
Disadvantages: Annoying when it all goes wrong, sometimes requires persistence
In an age where technology reigns supreme I have found solace in knitting and other crafty activities. I went to university for the first time and being a few years older than everyone else and not interested in going out on the lash but having loads of extra time on my hands I felt I needed some new hobbies. Knitting became one of those new hobbies as a way to do something productive with my time (instead of wiling away the hours on facebook), a way to keep my hands busy and a way to keep my mind off of homesickness/loneliness/feeling a bit different to everyone else! I'm not sure why I chose knitting but it was near Christmas and I decided I wanted to knit my mum a scarf so off I went! I remember my nan trying to help me learn to knit when I was younger with a pair of children's red metal knitting needles, I was always dropping stitches, making a mess and generally didn't appreciate knitting. So when it came to trying to knit a scarf I had to educate myself from scratch, learning how to cast on and how to do a simple knit/garter stitch. Now this is where knitting and technology work well together... thanks to YouTube I could watch videos of people casting on and knitting and could pause and rewind as many times as needed rather than trying to fathom it out from a set of pictureless instructions! I highly recommend YouTube to anyone wanting to learn to knit! I had no idea where to buy knitting equipment so ended up in John Lewis as I was living in a new city and didn't know of any independent shops, and left there with some chunky 10mm knitting needles and some chunky and very funky) wool and with my YouTube videos I was well away!
Since those early days I've learned different stitches (more thanks to YouTube), discovered Ravelry which meant discovering loads of free patterns at my disposal and a whole knitting community, learnt some new techniques (cabling, increasing, decreasing) and have finally mastered the art of knitting in the round and particular magic loop, what a happy day that was when I finally cracked it! My projects are still small, but they fill me with a lot of pleasure, not only when I'm knitting them but also when I have the finished product in my hands. My first project was the scarf for my mum which she loved and since then I've made things for me and most recently a hat for my housemate which she also loved! I've found that people really appreciate the effort put into knitted gifts and you can knit 'cool' items rather than just baby clothes and the sort of jumpers your nan used to knit!
I've now got some more friends at university and though at first I was a bit embarrassed about revealing that I knit, they all know now and I think some even admire the fact that I knit (yet don't seem to want to try themselves)! It's a nice change from being glued to the tv or the computer because you can challenge yourself and if you're a beginner like me you have to think about what you're doing! I'm looking forward to being able to knit myself some cardigans and a few more challenging projects!
Overall I think that more people should learn to knit, especially when everyone is short on cash and places like Topshop are charging £20 for a simple bobble hat - why not make your own?
Summary: A nice way to get away from technology and do something productive