As part of my Year of Making, I registered for a beginners knitting class at StevenBe. This shop is amazing. It's more than a yarn shop, it's a yarn community. After taking off your grimy boots at the entryway and choosing a pair of either pink or leopard print house slippers to wear, you walk into a room much larger than you would expect, full of yarn from floor to ceiling complete with a glass chandelier. Not only is there an abundance of different yarn, there is also an abundance of incredibly talented people hanging out in the middle of the space on chairs and couches around a coffee table, talking and knitting.
My Saturday morning class consisted of a group of six women, including myself, who were all introduced to the craft by a wonderfully skilled and extroverted instructor. We sat in a circle and learned to cast-on. A great piece of advice I was given, that coincidentally convinced me to buy the more expensive yarn, is if you're going to spend the time to create something you better use quality material. None of that acrylic yarn will do.
The two hours went by quickly. We were served tea and people kept dropping in to see how we were coming along. I didn't have much of a scarf to show at the end, but I did have the tools and the knowledge to keep going on my own.
Over the next few weeks I would pick up my knitting while watching TV or before bed. (Insert grandma jokes here.) At first I wasn't a fan of how long the process took. It was very repetitive and creating a slowly growing, long rectangle isn't that interesting. Eventually I became faster. Once my scarf was complete and I could wear it, I really appreciated the time and material that went into it.
Since beginning to knit I've become interested in learning about how to make different types of yarn, the spinning process and different dyes. I've been toying with the idea of finding a local farm with alpacas and sheep that I could visit to learn the ins-and-outs. This would eventually lead up to me having my own organic hobby farm. My farm would go along great with the yoga studio, artist workshop and bed and breakfast I would also like to have. Put it all together and you have my ideal environment. Dream big or go home.