Our newest assignment in CEP 810 is our Networked Learning Project. We need to learn a new skill using only YouTube videos and Help Forums. We were encouraged to be creative, step out of our professional selves, and choose something just for us. Choosing a skill I wanted to learn was much harder than I had anticipated. What I really wanted to do was learn to knit. I embroider and cross stitch, but I never learned to knit because my mom is left-handed and it was too difficult for her to turn it around to teach me. I looked at all the sample projects and saw lots of other people had chosen knitting. I wanted to do something different. I tossed around some other ideas – rosemaling, cartooning, some new software – but in my heart, I wanted to learn to knit. I decided my project will be to knit a scarf for my daughter.
The first thing I did was determine what I needed. I found a pattern for a basic beginners scarf here, and purchased the recommended yarn and knitting needles. It was very easy to find videos for beginning knitters. I watched How to Knit – Absolute Beginner Knitting, Lesson 1 – Even if You’re Clueless! by ExpressionFiberArts first. It was very accessible and a good overview of the three things you need to know how to do in order to knit, but it turned out I was even worse than clueless. I then found the Knitting 101 series of videos by New Stitch A Day. They are wonderful. The instructions are slow, clear and perfect for someone like me. With the help of the video Knitting 101 : How to Cast On for Beginners, I was finally able to cast on my first row of stitches. This photo shows the results of my hour of overcoming my lack of hand-eye coordination.
My plan is to spend Week 2 of the project mastering the knit stitch and starting to work on the body of the scarf. I am hoping to build up enough muscle memory that the stitching becomes automatic and that I am able to finish the stitching part while being a soccer mom over the course of a couple of weeks, and finally learn the binding stitch that is used to finish up the project. I hope you will follow me on my journey to knitting nirvana.