I felt about knitting, the way many people have told me they feel about sewing. I longingly adored hand-knit creations, but thanks to a frustrating first attempt years ago, it seemed tricky and mysterious and totally overwhelming.
Still, I admired all the intricate projects I saw come across my instagram feed, and hoped I might have a chance to sit down and figure it out at some point. So when Kollabora gave me a chance to try out their Newbie Knitted Headband Kit-- I said yes. Let's do this thing! Because I'm 32 and its time to stop being afraid right?
Kollabora is a new company that hosts online sewing, jewelry, and knitting tutorials, with a handy link to purchase all, or most, of the supplies you need to complete it. The headband tutorial includes step by step videos showing each step of the process which was the key to my success. I could watch each step over a few times and then try it slowly.
I had a few hiccups along the way. The first several rows were kind of wonky and we had a few snafus when Avery picked up my needles when I wasn't looking and tried her hand at it. Luckily I got the hang of it in the middle and so the front of my headband looks good. And the loopiness is forgiving enough that the back isn't terrible despite my mistakes.
So knitting. Sure you could easily buy something like this, but it was so gratifying to make it. Especially for Avery who excitedly watched and anticipated her very special cozy headband. Plus, this way I was able to pick out the exact shade of blue that matched her eyes. And well...that's kind of priceless right?
For a chance to win your own kit, visit their site and then come back and leave a comment linking to your favorite project, and let me know what you like about it or why it inspires you.
I'll pick a winner from the comments on Friday. Deal?