I have always loved knitting and wanted to learn to knit. I learned how to do it as a kid and used to keep my knitting in the van for long car rides. Unfortunately, my dad’s van got stolen and that was the end of my knitting since my stuff was gone. My Granny was an amazing knitter and used to make amazing doggy sweaters, mitts, scarfs, and stuffed animals. I always wanted to figure it out but arthritis kicked in before I was able to learn from her.
When I was approached by We Are Knitters to try out one of their products I was SUPER excited! Being a beginner they helped guide me towards the beginner projects that I could tackle. I chose to do the Katja shawl. I choose the colours and eagerly awaited my shipment in the mail. It was super fast.
I watched the instructional videos over and over again and attempted to start my project. Well….. there certainly was a learning curve. I had to re-start three times, but that was due to my ability not the project. Luckily I had a girls weekend with my friends coming up. A good friend of mine is an AMAZING knitter (she knit my son a cardigan that still fits him a year later) she took one look at it and encouraged me to rip it apart and start again. With her help I was now on the right track and could tackle the project. I suppose starting off with thick wool and chunky wooden needles wasn’t the easiest project to start with, but with her help I was well underway and loving how it looked!
I brought this with me everywhere, with two young kids I could only do a row here and there so it took me a LONG time. It should have been faster, but oh well. The next one I am sure I can do in half the time. It came with me to my daughters gymnastics practice to do as I watched, in the car as my husband drove for vacations, outside while watching my kids play, and camping with my other knitting friends. We may have looked dorky all sitting there knitting, but I thought we looked cool.
Practice Makes Perfect
My biggest issue was I kept picking up stitches randomly while I knitted. I would count at the end, and have an extra stitch or two each line. Soooo my knitting doesn’t look even, but that is because I had to keep dropping stitches I had picked up. Although I did the same pattern the whole way along, the beginning was really loose because I was just learning, I kept messing up my stitch count and I got tighter at the end. Whatever, I love it and for my first piece of knitting I think it looks great.
I honestly had so much fun doing this piece and really recommend it. Even with NO experience (I really don’t count a row or two in the car at age 11) I made this. If you want to try and learn to knit the Katja Cape like me, this kit (or another beginner one) would be PERFECT for you. I cannot recommend it enough. It was a great way to de-stress and have some me time, even with the kids. Grab a cuppa tea or wine (depending on the time….) and your knitting and you can supervise and interact with your kids while you knit.
What do you guys think?
I have a birthday coming up next month and am I am already planning out which kit I want to do next. These two kits are at the top of my list, so hopefully someone gives one to me! The Cub Scarf on the left I would need extra wool so I can make one for each of my kids, but I would love one in adult size too! Otherwise the cloak on the right would be for me 🙂
If you could knit one of these which would you do next? What are your favourite knitting projects?
Check out the kits from We Are Knitters below, there are so many options of things you can get!
DISCLAIMER: I was given a kit to try out in exchange for my blog post, all opinions are my own and I make no money from you following links or purchasing anything.