Last Saturday I went to my local yarn store (Yarns to Dye For & More) and took a two hour workshop on how to knit a headband with a cable. I really went because I wanted to learn how to knit a headband, I didn't really care about the cable. In fact, I was pretty dubious that I could ever learn how to knit a cable. I started knitting at age 57 and I have never felt like, yay, let's knit! I am am more like, Gulp, deep breath, ok, I will try to knit!
Last fall at the U of I football games, my daughter spotted a woman with a blue and orange knit headband and she asked me to make her one. I was not so sure I could pull this off. None the less, I found the woman and asked her about her headband which she had NOT made but bought. I probably should have just bought one and been done with it but where's the fun in that? And more importantly, where's the blog entry in that?
I have been buying yarn and picking up patterns and asking knitters about these headbands ever since. This way, I didn't have to actually try and make the headband I was doing research, duh! Once I signed up and paid for the workshop, there was a deadline on learning how to knit these suckers! I even mused about excuses I could use to bail on the class.
Of course I went and the teacher, Kim, told us that she had never failed to teach a student how to knit a cable. Ha, I thought, there is a first time for everything! We started off and about 30 minutes into the class, I made a cable. BAM, just like that! Me, the novice, nervous self doubting quilter trying to knit! And last night I finished the headband and today I wore it as it was conveniently freezing outside! Success! I have two pictures of my glorious cabled headband, one of the cable and one of the circle.
If I can knit a cable then you can too! Or do whatever it is that you are pretty sure you cannot do. Give it a try, you might just surprise yourself and end up with a terrific headband.