I think that Mrs. O should be a person who knits. Now, she might never be an Elizabeth Zimmerman, but she should at least know the basics. And who knows, with time and practice she could become a pretty great knitter.
My knitting journey began one summer long ago when I joined a 4-H knitting group with some of my friends. Our leader, Mrs. W, was the mother of one of those friends. Since Mrs. W lived across the street from me I spent a good deal of my childhood at her house as I played with her daughters. She was always knitting, sewing, or taking care of her house plants.
That summer, everyone in our 4-H group learned how to knit by making a pin cushion to enter into the county fair. My pin cushion was so poorly done that Mrs. W told me I had to make another one. So while I worked on a second pin cushion the rest of the group learned how to knit something else…I think it was a scarf. Ironically, my second attempt at a pin cushion won first place at the fair that year. That second pin cushion was my last knitting project for roughly 25 years.
Last October my mom and I spent a week at my Aunt M and Uncle B’s house in Arizona. My mom is a crocheter (she doesn’t knit because it’s too slow for her). My aunt M on the other hand does both. During that visit my aunt re-taught me the basics of knitting. I say re-taught, because I had long since forgot the skills I learned as a child from Mrs. W. After working on a short sample made with some scrap yarn, I picked up my needles and started my first project since that second pin cushion I had entered in the county fair so many years earlier.
Now most new knitters probably start off with a scarf for their first project (I’ve still never made one of those). Instead of a scarf, I choose to make a dishcloth, which was a natural choice since I had taken cotton yarn with me to crochet with. The pattern I choose was the typical knitted dishcloth that you see everywhere. On Ravelry it is known as Grandmother’s Favorite by Traditional Design. And speaking of Ravelry, if you are either a crocheter or a knitter and you haven’t joined Ravelry yet, you should head over there pronto and sign-up.