You know what they say about a knitter with big hands…
I decided to take up knitting. I’ve done it before and loved it, loved the way the yarn felt in my hands, loved the clicking of the needles, loved the sense of accomplishment I felt.
Even if I felt it looking at what started as a baby blanket and ended as a lopsided scarf with large, gaping holes.
It’s been years since I tried it, and with Sam leaving soon, I need things to keep me busy. I felt all uber crunchy thinking about doing it.
After announcing it on Facebook (nothing is official until it’s on Facebook), I got some great advice from my crafty friends about how to start. Things like, “types of yarn” “patterns” and “needle sizes.” Feeling adventurous, I decided to google “Beginners Knitting Kit.” For like an all-in-one deal.
What I got was kits from Lisa Frank covered in hearts and ponies with exciting titles, “Knit your own friendship bracelets! Ages 8+”
So then I realized I might have to buy things individually. Fine. I could understand the yarn, I would simply pick a color. And patterns? Well, square or something. But needles. Therein lied the problem. Sized needles.
How did I know the size I would need? I thought about it and realized it must have something to do with my hand size. So in searching for needles, I would need to know how a hand size was measured. Maybe something like from the bottom of your palm to the tip of your middle finger. And a chart showing the equivalent needle.
I looked and looked, but for the life of me nothing would tell me how to measure my hands to find the right needles. I became frustrated, because it couldn’t be this hard. I bet I was a small or medium, and yet I couldn’t find anything about it.
Then. My dear, crunchy friend Kim, who sent Bella all kinds of fun knit stuff when she was tiny, emailed me. With a sweet letter that said, “I have sent you some knitting things to get started, a pattern, yarn, and the needles to go with it…”
Oh dear, I thought. How did she know what size hands I had and I didn’t even know? Did she guess? What if I got ones that were too big – like for Khloe Kardashian hands?
And then it hit me. The needles? Are sized for the project.
Not my hands.