My first venture into the world of yarn was when I was about 15 years old and a friend taught me to crochet. All I knew how to do was single crochet. We would make these long rectangles, fold them, sew the sides together, flip the top over, make a strap and we’d made a purse. That didn’t keep us entertained for long though.
In college, a friend taught me to knit and I liked that but didn’t have a lot of time or maybe my mind was on other things and I think I knitted a sleeveless boatneck sweater which was two rectangles, sew them together from the bottom to where you wanted the armhole to be, then sew the shoulders from the outer edge toward the center, leave a neck opening . . done! That also didn’t last long.
Then, in my late 20’s, I worked with a lady who knitted. In fact, her mom owned a yarn shop in Lake Charles. The lady I worked with was left handed and I sat at lunch every day and watched her knit, then I went to her mom’s shop and we picked out a pattern and I bought yarn. I knitted the back, which was easy. I knitted the two fronts up to where you had to do shaping. I didn’t knit the sleeves. At that point, I sent them to a friend of a friend in Texas and she finished them for me. That sweater might still be around somewhere. My knitting took a very long hiatus at that point. It was at least 20, maybe 25 years before I picked up the knitting needles again and, I’ve been knitting since then.
While looking through patterns, actually looking for something else yesterday, I ran across a Christmas Tree Ornament pattern. I figured they look pretty easy and I can do them!
Here’s what I was thinking . . I can use yarn from projects I make for Addie through the year (her unicorn sweater has 6 or 7 colors!) and make Christmas tree ornaments for her. I can make 24 of them and put one with each of her advent gifts next year, and give Nicole a box of the little tree hanging wire things. Worsted weight trees will be big; fingering weight trees will be small . . just like in a real forest!
Then, my mind gets carried away, knowing I do not know how to crochet, and I thought . . 2019 can be trees. Maybe 2020 can be snowflakes, and 2021 can be stars or candy canes or stuffed balls. By the time I quit doing advent gifts, she’ll have more goofy ornaments that she would ever want. But, I think it would be fun and that’s something I’m going to try to do.