I have been knitting since I was six or seven but never have I knit a pair of gloves – until now. I’ve made numerous mittens and socks and sweaters, scarves and hats. Gloves were just too difficult – or so I told myself.
And then, Genevieve mentioned that someday she’d like to learn to make gloves, and I thought glove lessons would be a good Christmas gift for her. If Genevieve, the fairly new knitter could learn, maybe this long-time knitter could learn too. So, we spent four Thursdays in January taking classes at the local yarn shop.
Was it hard? Not until we got to the fingers. Genevieve had never handled four needles and knitting round and round. She took to it immediately with no hesitation. We both were a bit hesitant on the thumb but managed just fine. And then we hit the fingers. Four needles with only 14 stitches became confusing. We both knit backwards a couple of times. I had to take one finger out and start over.
We had a superb and very patient teacher, Bonnie. In addition to being a real sweetheart she taught us all kinds of tricks to making gloves and knitting in general. Bonnie wrote her own pattern for our gloves but also recommended a good resource book for knitting all sorts of things, including gloves.
This is The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. It’s a basic book with all sorts of charts to allow for various yarns and needles. It’s perfect for knitters who want to design their own items but don’t want to do all the math. It covers everything from hats to vests and sweaters, to mittens and gloves, scarvs and socks.
What’s next on our list of things to learn? Genevieve wants to try hats and fingerless gloves. I’m working up my nerve to try socks that are made two at a time from the toe up. I can do it. Sure I can. I’m not too old to learn.
What about you? Is there something you think you can’t learn because of age? Or is there a skill you’ve learned in spite of your age?