I attempted to learn to knit a couple of years ago. A friend and I signed up for a class at the local Michael's, and I was most definitely the worst knitter there. That didn't stop me from buying a bunch of yarn and continuing to plug along. As with anything new that one tries, I got discouraged that I wasn't picking it up as quickly as I've picked up other crafts. So I made one awkward-looking turquoise scarf and put away my needles.
Fast-forward to Present Time. After reading "The Friday Night Knitting Club" and seeing a fellow blogger's cool drink cozies, I decided that I hadn't given it a fair try. This time, I grabbed my copy of "Knitting for Dummies" (no, seriously) and attempted to re-learn the basic stitch I had done two years previously. Within a half hour or so, I had the stitch down pat and was playing with some variegated yarn. Then I remembered these cool "Fun Fur" scarves that were ultra-popular a few years ago and decided to try that. (I'm never a trendsetter, really, and I always "discover" things when they're no longer the newest on the scene. Like iTunes. Or "That Seventies Show.") So, here is a photo of my creation, a pink Fun Fur scarf. Not sure if it'll turn into something wearable, but I'm enjoying myself and I guess that's what matters.
I've also joined a Needlecraft group on Meetup called "Hooks and Needlers." (again, as suggested by a fellow blogger.) It sounds like it's mostly a group for knitting and crocheting, but the description said that all needle art is welcome. If anything, it's a chance once a month for me to hang out with some fellow crafties and work on the two cross-stitch projects that have been works-in-progress since the spring. Yes---I'm taking the cross-stitch with me. As a new Knitter, I don't want to embarrass myself with the experienced folks!