Knitting: My New Addiction

My addiction to knitting actually started because I was trying to make a political statement.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations were allowed to be exempt from laws which their owners religiously objected to. In this specific case, it was the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act. I was pretty upset with this, and as I took to Twitter to express my displeasure, I saw that the Secular Coalition for America was hosting a “knit-in.” They called on their followers to “knit a brick” that they would then use to build up the wall of separation between church and state. I was all about that! But first I needed to learn how to knit…

I went online and found the video collection on KnittingHelp.com. I learned how to cast on, how to do a basic knit stitch, and how to cast off. Within two days, I had made my brick, and sent it in to the Secular Coalition. After that, though, I was hooked.

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I went on Pinterest to find my next knitting project, and came across the Simple Collection from Tin Can Knits. I started the Wheat scarf in late November, hoping to finish by the time I went to New York. Unfortunately, it took me a while to learn to purl and find my knitting groove, so I didn’t finish until mid-January. By that time, the weather in Florida had already turned back up to a balmy 60+ degrees.

It's beautiful, but I'll have to put it away for a while.

It’s beautiful, but I’ll have to put it away for a while.

But that’s not stopping me from knitting! I finished a ear warmer for my sister in WA just this morning. I have a few other projects lined up on Pinterest as well, and I’m just getting started on Ravelry. I’m also going to finish some of the other Simple Collection projects on Tin Can Knits. I’d highly recommend their stuff.

Sorry for the awkward selfie. Trying to model a reflective ear warmer + flash on your camera + bed head = not so great photo.

Sorry for the awkward selfie. Trying to model a reflective ear warmer + flash on your camera + bed head = not so great photo.

I’m most excited for a project I’m starting soon. As soon as my shipment of yarn comes in the mail, I’m going to start the colorblock bias blanket from The Purl Bee. I’m so excited, as this will be my first time working with something other than acrylic yarn! I’m also trying out some bamboo circular needles. I’ll post again when I’ve received my yarn, as I have some very yummy colors I’m ready to show off 🙂

Happy knitting!

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