K is for Knitting
I’ve always been crafty. Not particularly artistic but definitely crafty. My love of crafts has taken many forms over the years but since 2007 it’s mostly been about knitting (with Crochet added in when I learned how to do that a few years later).
I’m not the best knitter ever. I’m good at what I do but I don’t really do techincal stuff or complex patterns. And I’m not great at finishing projects. I’m good at buying yarn and getting it wrapped around my wheelchair wheels. I do enjoy it and over the last several years I’ve made several baby blankets which I’ve had fun making and have been well received. Currently I’m making a project for my neice or nephew who is due in October. I won’t tell you want in case either my brother or sister in law read this.
I was surprised when I managed to learn how to knit because I’d sort of assumed that my disability and specifically the problems I can have with fine motor skills would make that impossible. As a a child I remember a few weeks of arts and crafts sessions at primary school that involved knitting. Every single stitch on my needles at the end of it was one that had been done by one of the teachers/helpers showing me yet again what to do. I was even more suprised when I managed to learn how to crochet – I’d wanted to do that before knitting but couldn’t make my hands work it. Eventually I tried again when a friend showed me a different way to crochet holding the yarn and hook in the same hand – it’s not right but it works and it gives me a skill I enjoy.