|Image source: Tangled|
|Left: mistakes after 5 months of |
Right: how it should look
Knitting shouldn't be a headache: This sounds really obvious but you’ll need to be able to see small stitches (close up), to read patterns, and when you're more adept, probably to watch TV/movies at the same time - all of which can strain your eyes. I didn't give this a second of consideration before picking up yarn and needles, but when I started knitting regularly I had lots of headaches. It was only during a routine vision test that found I needed a different prescription. If you feel like your vision could be a bit sharper, look into some corrective options from a reputable company like Acuvue and see if there might be a way of improving your short-range vision and visual perception of small details so you won’t have to worry about it once you start learning your craft. Crafting somewhere with good light will also be a huge help - poor lighting, especially when you're using small needles and/or dark yarn will make mistakes more likely.
|My first "real" project using Noro Sekku and my KnitPros|
And finally, it's addictive: I'm sure that if you're reading this blog, you've already figured it out, but I feel any 'Preparatory Tips' post would be misleading if it didn't include this point! Once you're bitten by the bug it's quite likely that your friends and family will think you've gone a bit....
*I'll consider the stealth FO update I posted on a Friday as number 4.5!
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