I've been wanting to do something creative/crafty for a while now, as I mentioned back in December last year! Finally, things came together in my mind, and so this project, and taking up knitting generally, is dedicated to the Goddess, to tapping into creativity, and to improving my eating habits by giving myself something different to do while watching TV after dinner.
"How did it go?" I hear you ask (go on, please ask!) Well, I'm certainly not claiming to be a great knitter yet! Given that the main point isn't to make something impressive, but to do something for my spiritual and physical well-being, I'd say it worked well.
For my first project, I decided to knit a tarot bag for a deck to go on my altar. First little glitch, it ended up being much wider than intended. However, as what I'm making isn't the main point I simply changed which deck I would put in it ;)
Second glitch, having ordered some yarn, when it arrived it was in skein form, rather than a ball. After a "minor" slip, it took me over an hour, the help of my MIL, and quite a lot of fiddling to get it untangled and neatly rolled *eek* Then it was time to actually start knitting, something I hadn't done in about 25 years! Still, I feel I did okay, here's a pic of my work in progress after the first day:
From there on, things were easier, and with the help of my MIL (serious skillz), a book, lots of Youtube videos, a darning needle, a crochet hook (for picking up dropped stitches, but I only got to that after a few had been dropped *doh*) and much time and patience, I went via this, after seven days:
and eventually got to this:
Okay, it's not exactly beautiful, but I made it myself and I lost 1.5 kg (over 3 lbs) in the process, in two weeks! I have put my favourite Goddess deck in it, and dedicated it on my altar just this morning.
I've also learned a thing or two about decreasing, casting off, sewing together, buying buttons, making a loop, and different plys and categories of yarn. I am now the proud owner of a set of 8 knitting needles, in addition to the small bamboo ones used for this, and a stash of yarn that includes eight different colours. My next project - also a tarot bag ;D - is already about 5 cms high, as it took time for the buttons to arrive after I realized my first plan - velcro *duh* - was never going to work!
To celebrate all this craftyness/craftiness, I've decided to hold a give-away! Anyone who comments on this post in the next week (before midnight BST of the 6th of May) will be entered in a draw for some knitting goodness, including a pair of needles and some yarn :D If you're already a knitter, the needles won't be anything special, but if you haven't knitted before/for a while, it's all you need (that and youtube) to get you started :) So, whaddaya say?