My name is Lou and I’m a total knitting virgin.
Never Been Knit is my new blog in which I share with you my journey of being a complete and utter rookie in the vast, wonderful and - lets be honest - slightly intimidating, world of knitting and yarn crafts.
If you’re reading this, then it’s possible that you are that newbie too, looking to pick up a new pastime, and wondering where the heck to start. If so, then hi! You are no longer alone on your journey! Perhaps you too are starting out and are looking for a friendly place to share the struggles and joys, or maybe you’re on the fence and I might be able to tempt you to join me on this journey - either way - you’re in the right place.
If you’re an experienced knitter then also hello! You are welcome to sit back, read, and enjoy that feeling of quiet satisfaction as my misadventures serve to highlight how much you know and allow yourself to feel grateful that you don’t ever have to learn all over again!
But back to me - today’s rookie. I’m here to lay my cards on the table that I don’t know shit about knitting. Oh but I wanna!
Why am I here?
You might ask why a cool yarn company, like Outlaw Yarn, with a dedicated following of incredibly experienced and talented knitters and loyal community wants to hear from me.
It all began when I was chatting to Deb and Ethan at Outlaw Yarn HQ, and they felt it’d be cool to throw a complete beginner into their world and have them share the learning experience from scratch. It’s a perspective that cannot be faked. I think it's easy to forget what it's like to be so completely, dauntingly, green at something, and how quickly the most basic steps become a mindless second nature.
When you’re new to something it’s nice to have an ally. Someone else who is on your team. Someone to ask the seemingly dumb questions on your behalf (though let's remember that there is no such thing as a dumb question here at Never Been Knit!). Someone who literally has to learn how to hold the sticks (joking, JOKING! I know they’re not called sticks...they’re called jabby-pokers).
Consider this my progress diary documenting the highs and the lows, the tears and tantrums, the joy and jubilation and hopefully, eventually, one day, an actual knitted item that I can proudly show you!
It’s my dream that other fellow knitting beginners, or those who keep saying one-day-I’ll-get-around-to-learning-to-knit might stumble upon this blog, feel heartened, follow along, and be motivated by this journey, saying ‘Well if she can do it, then so can I!’
Why do I want to knit?
My primary reason for wanting to learn to knit is all about the end product - the garments! I love fashion and style and have a fashion-based Instagram account that documents my outfits. I also craft and sew my own clothes and accessories. To be able to add self-made knitwear to my wardrobe repertoire is such an enticing prospect, because whilst sewing is about constructing items out of pre-made fabric, knitting feels like being able to make your own fabric - which is so cool.
Secondly, I’m attracted to what I envision to be the soothing properties of the practise. 2020 has been one hell of a year for all of us, and the idea of an activity that will force me to sit still, be quiet, put down my damn phone, and focus on something else for a spell each day is not just appealing, it feels necessary for my own mindfulness, health and well-being.
Finally, I’d like to knit for the environment. This year has also taught us a lot about slowing down, supporting local makers, sourcing handmade goods, doing it yourself, and quality over quantity. The Slow Fashion movement is well underway and as we begin to fully comprehend the ramifications of mass produced fast-fashion I believe that it is our duty, where possible, to consider our impact on the planet in every decision we make as consumers. Whilst I know that I am a far from perfect earth-citizen, and this viewpoint holds certain privilege, I will continue to try harder to do and learn more every day. Teaching myself to knit feels a responsible way to support my fashion-loving ways and thirst for acquiring new garments. I like to hope that in the future many more of us will be knitting our own clothing, and I want to get a head start on that process!
So here is my call to action: If you ever wanted to knit, but have been too daunted or not quite gotten around to it - why don't you pledge to start here with me? We can begin this journey together. As we progress, I’d love to hear from you - what motivated you to start? How are you going? What’s the first thing you want to make?
Follow along, keep me company, and who knows - maybe by Winter we’ll have ourselves a nice new pair of mittens or a hat that we can brag about having knitted ourselves!
If you would like to learn to knit, now is the time, seize the day!
Let's embark on this together!
Finally I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Deb at Outlaw for giving me this incredible opportunity to learn a skill that I've always wanted to, and for giving me a platform in which to talk about it. I'm so very excited to be here and to join your community!
Hei konā mai
I'm Lou, an Ōtautahi based personal stylist and craft-lover, and this is Never Been Knit - my journey from complete knitting virgin to...well, let's find out together!