I love crochet for lots of reasons, but it is time to broaden my horizons and get comfortable with knitting. I know how to knit and purl, cast on and cast off, but knitting makes me tense. I worry about making mistakes and not being able to fix them. I know some people take their mistakes to someone else to fix, but I need to be self sufficient.
To that end, I signed up for a class at my local yarn shop for a class this Sunday on fixing knitting mistakes. I love taking classes, which is pretty funny because I hated school as a kid. I realized today that I prefer being a student to being a teacher. It is so exciting to learn new things. And the idea that I could actually knit without worry is great.
I like the idea of meeting new yarn people, too. The only danger is being in that store with all that gorgeous yarn and a credit card.
My next challenge is going to be teaching myself how to spin yarn. I am working on the second book in the new series and the retreat Casey Feldstein is putting on goes from sheep to shawl with all stops in between, which means I’m going to be learning it too.
I have already figured out how to see a sheep get shorn. The local community college has an agricultural school and is having farm day at the end of April. Part of the program is a sheep shearing and yarn spinning.
I don’t think they are going to show the steps the wool goes through between coming off the sheep and being ready to be spun. Between books and YouTube, I have it pretty well figured out.
I have tried spinning on a wheel, but I need to know how to spin on a drop spindle if I’m going to have Casey doing it.
It reminds me of some advice I got from an art teacher. She was talking about drawing a tree from an image in your mind versus drawing the one outside your window. The one in drawn from a mental image was a generic tree, while the one drawn from life was a particular tree.
I want the experience with the drop spindle to be specific and there is nothing better than struggling with it myself. And the bonus is I will learn how to spin with it.
Meanwhile my editor went over my revision and was very happy with the manuscript. She warned me the copy edit will be sent to me in a couple of weeks. By then I hope I am well on my way with book two, which I’m calling Silence of the Lambs Wool.
Somewhere in all this, I’ll be getting back For Better or Worsted for revisions. And I’m already thinking about crochet mystery # 9, which I will start writing as soon as I turn in Silence of the Lambs Wool. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? I hope characters don’t start wandering off from one series into the other.