I hope you're having a good week! :) I've been doing more knitting recently so I want to share my own experience with knitting. Even if you're not a knitter, you're welcome to learn more about knitting!
So you've decided to take up knitting! Let me shake your hand on this! I'm happy that more people are knitting. Knitting is absolutely relaxing, plus you are rewarded with your own handmade item. I am a big fan of handcrafted items; I try to support them as much as my wallet will allow me. :) I like that it is more personal and the items are more unique than mass-manufactured items.
I just started my own knitting journey in December. It has been six months, and I have learned plenty compared to when I started. I want to share them with you so you can start the journey better informed than me. I won't be going on so much about the technical stuff, but rather, I'll be sharing three things I wish I hadn't done when I started knitting.
3 Things You Should Know as a Beginner Knitter:
1. Don't go crazy buying Knitting Needles
First, you don't need six pairs of knitting needles of the same size. I did that, because I thought I would cast on many projects at one go. But really, once I got my interchangeable needles, the cords just made it easy to secure the projects on hand while I use the needles for another project.
I bought my Knit Pro Interchangeable Symphonie Needles and a Double Pointed Symphonie Needles and that is mostly what I use now. I also have a few pairs of extra cords and frequently-used needle tips on hand, just in case. The first dozen needles I bought? They're stashed away somewhere, and probably won't be used anymore.
It is important to find out what type of material and kind of needles you'd like, so there is no need to go crazy buying needles when you haven't decide which one you like best! So, just buy a range of needles, decide which kind you like best, and then invest in a quality set of needles.
2. Don't start your First Projects on Luxury Yarn
Yarn-buying is a tactile thing. I like to feel them when I am buying yarns. There are simply too many choices across materials, colors and prices. When I started out, I bought cheap yarn at $2 each, and made a rather ugly scarf that I'll never use but it was good and necessary practise. My second and third scarf ended up looking pretty good because I had practised first.
So don't start out on luxury yarn like cashmere or silk, even though they feel good. Chances are good that your first scarf wouldn't look as good, and you might not want to use the scarf after that, which means your expensive yarn, and your money, might be wasted.
I test all projects using a cheap to moderately-cheap yarn, before I make a second one that is wearable.
3. Avoid looking like this when you go into a Yarn Shop
Trust me, it might feel good at that time, but when you come home and look for a place to store these pretty balls of heaven, you might start to develop headaches.
I am not going to lie. I am a hoarder. I have plenty of stuff from all my hobbies: stamps, yarns, coloring materials, papers, stationery. Plus I believe in buying extra to keep just-in-case. I ran out of glue once during a project so now I have six spare bottles on hand. Yes, I am that kind of person.
I like my yarn hoard, but at the same time, I don't know what to use them for! I don't have projects on hand for the yarn when I buy them, and they are not compatible to the projects I have on currently, even though my blanket needs more yarn. I have ten sock yarns because I thought I could knit socks, but I don't really like using DPNs so I don't think socks will be one of the projects I am casting on anytime soon. And the ten sock yarns will probably sit in my stash until kingdom comes.
I'd recommend having a project on hand when you go to the yarn store. Always buy extra for your project, but don't buy individual yarns just because they feel good/ look pretty/ is cheap. Buy yarn for your project, rather than search for a project for your yarn. I am reduced to making clothes for all my toys, which thanks to my hoarding tendencies, I have plenty too. >.< I am working on it!
These are the 3 things that stuck to me now. I wish I hadn't spend my money on things that will sit somewhere for a long time unused. I don't skimp on my hobbies, but I do want to be able to put the things I bought to good use. I am sure all of you want to spend your money wisely.
I hope these will help you so that you won't end up with a pile of things in your house that you'll ultimately throw away. Better to spend those money on a good set of needles, or good yarn for your projects.
If you're a knitter, beginner, experienced or in-betweeners, do share lessons you have learnt on your knitting journey. I'd love to hear them! :)
I'm so glad you stop by. Thanks for reading!