I joined the Football-a-long because I like to watch football, and I tend to knit while I'm watching. The first project is for the charity Cubs for Kids. You're supposed to make a sweater for a bear. I can't make the sweater. Why not? I'm a knitter, I should be able to knit. Here are my list of pathetic reasons:
1. I lack the correct size dpns, and I've already spent my knitting budget for the month.
2. A sweater would require a lot of effort and help, and since I don't belong to a knitting group, I have to get my mom to help me. She lives 450 miles away.
3. I don't know how to pick up stitches.
It's #3 that's really the most problematic. I could probably move some money around and come up with $3-4 to buy some needles with a coupon at A.C. Moore. I could talk to my mom on the phone and send pictures through email. But, I'm reluctant to learn to pick up stitches on such a small sweater. At the same time, I've joined the fall felted bag exchange, and will need to learn to pick up stitches to make most of the bags that I've seen.
When I started knitting, I purposely planned every project so that I learned a new skill - knitting in the round, following a pattern, knitting cables, felting. That's been lost recently because I've just been knitting things I want to knit. But, I'm limiting myself. There are 4 full months left in the year, and I'm going to learn one new technique each week. Here's the list:
September: Picking up stitches
October: Following a lace chart
November: Fair Isle knitting
I would like to get to the point where I'm not afraid of a project, just excited to learn something new.
In the meantime, I'm sending my Cubs for Kids project without a sweater. Hopefully, some child will love the bear wearing the scarf and hat because it's not fancy work, and not in spite of it.