My mom has been knitting for years now and makes some beautiful afghans, sweaters, scarfs, etc.
When Cora was a few months old I was inspired to take up knitting again. I had learned when I was younger, but hadn’t done it in a long time.
It’s hard to knit with a baby crawling after the ball of yarn and it got hot because it was summer in Southern California, so I gave up. About a year later I went back to it and decided to scale back my ambition. I made the baby blanket for Cora into a blanket for Cora’s babies. Then, after I’d successfully completed one project I decided to make a baby blanket for Ezra. That involved using multiple skeins of yarn (oh look, yarn lingo). I finished Ezra’s blanket in less than a year, so I felt like I was doing good. I wasn’t especially proud of Ezra’s blanket, but it kept him warm and didn’t fall apart. Mission accomplished.
Then my problems began. The original pattern of the blanket called for using all four colors at once. So now I was trying to knit with four balls of yarn and keep the baby (now Ezra, not Cora) from crawling after them. It was taking me forever because I had to reposition all of the skeins of yarn on the floor four times per row. I was getting discouraged but I’d already told Eli I would make it for him.
Luckily my mom came to visit again not too long into the project and she told me: 1) I was knitting wrong and 2) I should only do two colors at once. Apparently I had learned how to knit wrong from the YouTube videos, but since I knitted incorrectly consistently my other blankets had come out okay. So, much to my Grandma Bev’s horror, I ripped out all of the work I had done before they got there and started all over. I went back to YouTube and with my mom’s help we figured out how to knit left-handed the correct way. Then I started with the black and green colors. I didn’t work on it continuously because I was taking classes at Life and trying to graduate, but after 4 months voila! It is finished!! I’m very proud of myself and Eli loves it!