I finally learned to crochet. Finally. (My mom and my sister both crochet, although my mom also knows how to knit and taught me to knit because I could never get the hang of crochet.) I've tried a couple of times in the past few years to learn from books, but I just didn't get it. I think today was different because someone actually wrapped the yarn around my fingers and showed me how to hold it and I got it. Finally. Now that I've learned, I soooo want to make a blanket like Alicia's, but I don't know if I like crochet that much.
Highlights of my day at Stitches include the aforementioned crocheting, watching lots of other people knit, watching people spin (I really want to learn to spin, but no time for that at this point in my life), ogling everyone's knit wearables, and, of course, the purchases (more on those tomorrow). Lowlights were the not-worth-it second market class I attended, the hordes of jostling people everywhere, going back for some Socks that Rock only to find them largely sold out, and the inner struggle over whether or not to buy a couple of bags of Cash Iroha.
Lastly, I saw the most amazingly gorgeous fair isle sweater on a white-haired woman today. It was intricate, the colors were beautiful, and the execution looked perfect. Best of all, it reminded me that I have my whole life ahead of me to continue to knit, to get to all the projects that I don't have time for, to learn all the skills that I don't possess. Maybe by the time my hair is white, I'll be able to knit a beautiful fair isle sweater too. (Cue end-of-episode, touching Doogie Howser music.)