I have been knitting for a long time, a really long time, almost half a century. For most of that time, until about 10 years ago, I limited myself to simple knitting and purling.  Don’t get me wrong, I knit beautiful sweaters with perfect gauge and could compete with the best finishers out there, but with the exception of sweaters for my tiny nephew and niece that had little elephants marching around the yoke, I never tried anything beyond plain old knitting and purling with one color at a time.

Then came the internet and I found out people were engaging in all kinds of adventurous knitting. Gorgeous color work, lace knitting, beaded knitting, modular knitting, double knitting, people even made (gasp!) SOCKS. After hearing my mom talk about the agony of knitting my dad a pair of argyle socks way back in the 1940s, I swore I would never go THERE. This was a woman who happily knit a full sized afghan in popcorn stitch. Yes, the whole thing.  If she could do that and not complain, those socks must have been a nightmare. When I found out there was a whole internet discussion group with thousands of members dedicated to making socks, I had to check it out. After reading that list for a while and with the encouragement of other local knitters, I finally gave sock knitting a try. And I was hooked.

Since then, I have ventured into other knitting realms without trepidation. After all, it is all just moving string around; what could go wrong? (There are a few bags shoved in closets and under the bed that can answer that question, but for the most part, it has been fun.) I have never regretted stepping outside of my self imposed limitations to try new knitting techniques. As my new found adventurous knitting spirit has evolved, more and more knitting doors have opened. No longer do I decide against trying a pattern I love because it employs a new technique. On the contrary, I seek adventure.

In that spirit, Knit On! is offering more technique classes for you this fall. Are you willing to step outside of your self imposed limitations to try something new? This week you can join us to learn how to knit with beads, how to knit lace and/or how to knit a sock. Later this month, you can learn how to Crochet By Numbers. (If you want to learn how, but don’t crochet, take the Learn to Knit/Crochet class offered twice a week and you will be ready to go. One session should do it.) Other techniques will be offered in weeks to come. And if we don’t offer a technique you would like to learn, ask and we will try to get it on the class list.

What techniques have you been too timid to try? I challenge you to learn at least one new technique this week. Take a look at our calendar to make your choice, then call us at 859-291-5648 to reserve your place in class. Feel the excitement of embarking on a new adventure in knitting or crochet!


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