Knitting and weaving are both hobbies that can help you to relax and destress from your day. In addition to these health benefits, in the end you also have something cool that you made yourself. Knitting and weaving projects make wonderful gifts, or if you are an enterprising type of woman, you can sell your handmade items on platforms such as Etsy, Facebook, or Amazon Handmade. The next question you might have is what is the best way to learn knitting and weaving.
First off, knitting and weaving are two entirely different skills, other than that they use yarn and produce a type of fabric as their end product. Knitting requires much less equipment than weaving. All you need for knitting is a pair of needles and some yarn. You can also buy extras such as gauges, slip markers, a yarn needle, cable holder, or caps for the ends of your needles to keep your project from sliding off and unraveling when you are not working on it. Weaving can involve simple equipment such as a picture frame loom, or it can be as complicated as a large six harness floor loom. We will assume for the purposes of this discussion that you want to keep things as simple as possible. You can always learn more complicated methods later on.
Instructors and Videos
You could always try to find an instructor in the area where you live, but to be honest, there are not many around these days. In addition, you are limited to only the knowledge and teaching methods that that instructor knows. One of the easiest places to go to learn basic knitting or weaving on any type of loom is YouTube videos. If you just type beginning knitting or beginning weaving in the search, a long list of instructional videos will appear. The best part about this method is that if you do not like the way one teacher explains something, you can find other videos that explain it in a slightly different way. You can rewind and stop the videos for a closer look. You can also compare techniques to see which works best for you. There are also print books and e-books available that take you through beginning set up and provide a number of advanced techniques.
The next place to learn involves getting connected. It might be worth mentioning, that many places that sell knitting and weaving supplies also teach classes. This includes many big box retailers such as JoAnn Fabrics or specialty yarn shops in your area. Some community colleges and churches occasionally have classes as well.
One of the best places to learn these new skills and have a chance to socialize with others of your same interest are knitting, weaving, and spinning guilds. Fiberarts guilds are becoming more popular and the number of them is growing. One of the best places to meet other knitters and weavers is a group called Ravelry that can be found on the Internet. You have to ask for membership to join the group, but the amount of information available and the number of people willing to help you represents a tremendous resource. Getting involved with one of these groups can also help you to troubleshoot any problems that you may have. You can connect with teachers, other beginners like yourself, or learn from those that have been doing the craft for many years.
Are You Ready to Begin?
There you have it, there are many different resources and places to learn beginning knitting and weaving. Whether you want to learn it on your own, or become a part of a group of like-minded people, there are many options available. Knitting and weaving are both addicting and once you become skilled, you will find that there is nothing more relaxing than putting on a good movie or listening to music while you let your hands tick away the rows.
Knitting and weaving are both easy once you get the basics down. The best part about these skills is that there is almost an endless amount of creativity possible with either of them. There are literally thousands of patterns available on the Internet, many of which are free. Knitting and weaving are inexpensive hobbies that will last a lifetime and these are skills that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren. Checking out a few resources and starting down the path to learning either knitting or weaving will be one of the best decisions of your life, but be warned, fiber arts are highly addictive. Once you start your hands will never stop moving and your mind will always be in a state of delightful creativity.