I’m off on a new adventure. A blogging adventure about knitting. I’ve tried blogging a time or two before, but just lacked the dedication and voice (I think) to really make it something worthwhile. This time, it will be different.
Let’s start at the beginning. My name is Jenna and I’m maybe a little lost. When I got married this past summer and moved my life to Louisville, Kentucky, I was grateful for a change in name, location, scenery, career, and marital status. This change gave me the opportunity to try something new. I was teaching middle school math prior to the move and living the single life in Memphis, Tennessee with my two adoring kitties.
And the two of them staring wistfully out the window at my old place.
Finding a new teaching job in the market here was next to impossible, but I did find a volleyball coaching position and some part-time work at a national coffee chain. It’s been a fun way to try something new and a reflective experience on my prior career choice. This brings me to the blog.
After about a year here in Kentucky and another move on the horizon, my husband, Jordan and I have been talking extensively about career choices for both of us. I’m not completely sure I want to get back into teaching. I have truly enjoyed my time after work not having to do “homework.” My dream job would be to own a yarn store, but without a good chunk of some financial start-up, that’s not happening anytime soon. Next best thing, spend time posting my thoughts about all things knitting here. Jordan actually thought this would be a great project for me. He claims I have something to say and others might want to listen. The best part about this is that he named the blog. I love a good pun and the other day when I was complaining about so many projects, not enough time, he made the joke that I had a hard knit life.
I think the best way to start this thing off on a good foot is to talk about knitting and why I love it so. I started knitting as a creative outlet. I’ve always tried to express my ideas through some outlet, but really struggled to get my thoughts across clearly. I felt like since I couldn’t really draw, my ideas were lost in my brain. I tried sewing in middle school and enjoyed it. The equipment was too bulky to really be practical and I struggled with the discipline of really sitting down and cutting straight lines. I also tried painting pottery in college. That turned out pretty good, but there are only so many coffee mugs, bowls, and plates you can really have. I think it also helped that I stuck to bright colors and simple patterns.
This is my owl kitchen utensil holder before it was fired.
Here is is after it was glazed, fired, and put to good use.
My mom introduced me to knitting right after I finished my undergrad degree. She had just started knitting after taking a class at McNeedles because she wanted to learn how to make fun baby hats for when she (eventually) had grandchildren. I would stare at her hands for hours while she knit away, but I resisted learning for about 6 months until I had a break from graduate school. During Christmas break in 2009, my mom took me to McNeedles and I was hooked.
I love my LYS so much that I asked if I could get ready for my wedding day there. The wonderful owner agreed let us take over the shop as we all dressed and took pictures.
I even knit a little on my big day. That’s my Color Affection I’m working on (rav link here).
Can you remember the first time you walked into a yarn store? Shelves 8-feet-tall and brimming with yarn of all colors and composition just waiting to be touched and made into something.
Oh! The possibilities are endless! I was immediately lost among the fiber and emerged a few hours later at my mom’s urging with enough brown worsted weight and some size 9 needles to make my first scarf.
Ironically, my first scarf is still unfinished, (here’s my ravelry link) but that has not stopped me from stockpiling a stash for the end of the world and tackling projects for myself and people I love.
Have you stopped to ask yourself why you knit? Think about it, what drew you in? How did you get started? I’d love to know!!
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Welcome to the knit-blogosphere, Jenna! From the looks of your Rav project page, you’ve come a long, long way from that first project.
Like you, it was watching my mom and grandma knit that first got me into knitting. However, it then took me ten years to find out about LYSes, Ravelry and the greater knitting community. How lucky you are to have such a lovely LYS – wedding preparations inside a LYS sounds like heaven! (And I’m not surprised you brought a project with you, though bringing colorwork is a very brave choice!) I assume that you have a new one after your move?
I’m adding your blog to my blogroll, and I’ll be looking forward to reading more from you.
Thanks so much for reading! I’m so excited to be a part of the knit-blogosphere. I will definitely have to check out your blog, Winterlime Knits. So wonderful to be live online!
Welcome to knit blogging! I had a hard time keeping with one blog too at first, but I finally found what I liked. The important thing to remember is write about what makes you happy.
I learned how to knit because of Little Women. No joke! I loved the book so much and they referenced making socks several times, so I learned how to do just that. I never dreamed I would learn how to spin too.
Thanks so much for reading! I’m so happy to be a part of the knit blogging world 🙂 I love that Little Women inspired you to knit! Such a fun read and I certainly do love to knit socks! It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a pair. Must get back to it! I will certainly have to check out your blog Knit + Frills + Food = Love. Thanks again!!
Welcome and thanks for the follow! I picked up knitting (again) during a difficult time in my life and needed something to occupy my busy, restless hands. Never looked back.
Great post and i look forward
Hi! Thanks so much for the kind words! I look forward to seeing more of your work. Your ArtJournal pages are beautiful!
Welcome to the big world of blogging! I love your blog name and header; you are off to a terrific start! I shall bookmark your site so I can come back and read more. Love your kitties too!
Hi Maureen! Thank you for your kind words! I’ve enjoyed being a part of this big blogging world so far. Your pieces from Victorian Studio are beautiful. Your creativity is inspiring. I’ll be visiting your space too! Thanks again!
Welcome to your new blog! (And what adorable cats!~ and that owl mug utensil holder!~)
I loved reading about your relationship with your LYS. Even knitting on your big day? Wow :’)
“He claims I have something to say and others might want to listen.”
He’s 1000% right!
I’m glad you’re taking up blogging about your knitting etc, I haven’t been at it long myself but it’s been a lot of fun and a great way to reflect on my passions and stuff.
I picked up knitting in 2012 on a whim and in hindsight I’m very glad I did. I was very depressed then, and knitting offered a therapy through meditation and a sense of agency that was super important to have at that time. :]
Hi Britney! Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words! I have enjoyed being out in the blogging world so far. It’s nice to share with others my love for the fiber 🙂 I love all your posts with socks and admire that you can just whip those out so quickly! I wish I made more socks, maybe as I become a better knitter, I can make more 🙂 Thanks again!
I love the picture of you knitting in your wedding gown. The blue socks really make the outfit!
Thank you! It felt appropriate since we were hanging out in my favorite yarn shop 🙂