Hey, take a look at this tidy bit of knitting.
No, it's not a gauge swatch for a new project I'm starting. These neat stitches were knitted up by Darren on Sunday afternoon after just one lesson!
Woo-hoo! My man is a natural knitter!
I admit that Darren's grandma taught him the basics when he was a kid, but it has been more than twenty years since he had last picked up the needles. I showed him how to do a long-tail cast on, and he took to that like a duck to water. (I'm sure many of us have tried to help a beginner and never even gotten past the cast-on during that painful first lesson.)
Then we went to knit the first row. Suddenly, Darren revealed himself to be a Continental knitter. I tried to conceal my joy at that development. (You know, not that there's anything wrong with knitting English style...)
I had him do a bit of garter stitch, then I taught him how to purl. He barely even batted an eye at purling, and just look at those even rows!
I don't want to spook him by acting too excited, but my goal is for him to finish a hat by the end of October.
Good thing he never reads my blog, right?