How to drive yourself into a corner with a gallon of Haagen-Dazs and 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies

It all started with this:

Abbie chose this as her prize for M&M Kids (our church’s Wednesday night group: Missions and Memory. They spend the year memorizing scripture verses in A -Z topics).

It has been by nemesis ever since.

I have enjoyed a long life, thus far, having never considered learning to knit (except for that 3 minutes, 30 years ago when my mom tried to teach me).

I am left-handed.

Left-handed people aren’t supposed to do complicated things like sharpen pencils with an old style pencil sharpener, cut paper or knit.

While my mom was here for Christmas, we cracked it open so that Abbie and I could learn from her. Abbie gave up after about 5 minutes; she has a longer attention span then I did at her age. However, I was determined to finally get it. I am tired of looking around at all of the cute things everyone made for Christmas presents and thinking I wish I could do that…

But once again, I was unable to learn from my mom. Thus began my search on the internet. I printed page after page of instructions with pictures to follow. I figured if I put them all together, eventually I’d find a few that made sense to me.


Then I did a search for knitting videos on youtube.

Voila! The videos I found lead me to (amazing site, by the way. lots of helpful videos). From this site, I decided I’d try learning the continental method (as opposed to the English method traditionally taught in the States.)

After 3,687,203 tries, I finally learned to cast on with the help of this video on their site. But then I became stuck on how to get on to the next row and start the actual knitting. Try as I might, I just couldn’t tell what was going on in the video for this topic.

My search for help lead me to this:

Now I really felt stupid.

I’ve continued my search and my attempts. But I am about to

My husband doesn’t want to see that happen, so look what he just brought home for me:

Wish me luck.

Otherwise, I may clear out the ice cream aisle at the local Kroger.


  1. Karla, I have yet to learn to knit, but have a granddaughter who is 20 that knits and watches tv at the same time. I kind of crochet, and I enjoy doing counted cross-stitch….have to start a wedding sampler for grandson, Jordan, and his fiancee, Margo, because they are getting married in two years; I might have it done by then.
    Keep on trying with the knitting, you will get it. Happy New Year!

    Mrs. Wetzel

  2. I’m not left-handed, but I might as well be as hopeless as I am when it comes to knitting. A good friend tried to teach me, and I’m convinced knitting requires at least three hands. ;)

    I think I’d better stick with scrapbooking and making greeting cards…

  3. Megan (FriedOkra) says

    WHEN you learn how to knit, you need to write a Teach Yourself to Knit for Lefties book. Sounds like a sure-fire best seller. I can’t believe there isn’t anything out there already. Weird.

    My sister is a leftie and she knows how to knit. I’ll ask her how she learned. Maybe she does it right-handed?

  4. Do not feel bad my mom and grandmother have both tried to teach me to knit and crochet, it just isn’t in me. You are not alone. I do wish you luck.

  5. crafty carolinagirl says

    Yeah! You are one step ahead of me; I still have no idea how to cast on.

    Thanks so much for the links. I am going to start next week with attempting to teach myself knitting. I might be emailing you for some help :)

  6. I’ve seen left-handed directions on the “Teach yourself to knit/sew/crochet” from Jo-Ann’s or Michaels.


  7. I can’t knit. At all. Many people have tried to teach me. I now think it is a rare, unlearnable skill, like having a bendy thumb.

  8. Mrs. Fussy Fussypants says

    I once tried to learn.


    I stopped before I stuck those darned things in my eyes!

    My step-daughter tried to teach me. No dice!

  9. You are the in exact opposite boat as I am. I am right-handed, but almost all of the people in my life to teach me these types of things are left-handed. Would you like to borrow one of my relatives for awhile? ;-)

  10. I cannot do this and I’m right handed…good luck gal.

  11. New Year’s Resolution: stay away from crafty stores and yarn aisles.

    Good luck!

  12. EdibleEducation says

    I have 2 older sisters. Grandma taught us to knit and crochet when we were probably less than 10 yrs old. My sisters made fabulous things like scarves, mittens and crocheted granny squares and other crocheted blankets.

    This is what I knit and crocheted…grandma helped me with a doll blanket or scarf probably – but I could only do “straight” stuff and would end up losing stitches. All I crocheted was a long snaky rope that you can’t do much with.

    Ever since then my sisters have continued to crochet and knit and I never was able to go any further than my rope…sigh

    I don’t do well on things that have a LOT of written instructions…

    I can’t wait until my dd is older – then she can read the instructions, figure out how to do it and then teach me :)

  13. This post just cracked me up. I decided I was going to learn to knit from a very cheap looking kit I found at Wal-Mart. Yeah right. Go read my latest post and click on October – I can’t even walk stairs. I did wind up making some really expensive and heartbreaking cat toys though. :)

  14. My grandma tried to teah me to crochet but it just did not take!

    Hope the knitting is going well.

  15. By the way that girl is amazing!! I had to show my husband I was impressed.

  16. Ok. Now you’ve done it. You admitted you’re left handed, too. You are now y official knitting coach.

    Aren’t you the lucky duck.

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