AHG Badge Help – Needle Arts

Needle ArtsThis week American Heritage Girls (AHG) celebrates it 20th Birthday.  Since I love AHG, and a large part of my blog is devoted to that topic, I wanted to devote this week’s posts to them.

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know that Mondays are devoted to knitting.  Today I opted to combine the two and assist anyone out there attempting the Needle Arts Badge, specifically the knitting portion of this badge.

While I cannot teach you how to knit, I can help provide some information to help with this badge. Basic knitting begins with two different stitches: Knit and Purl.  After you have learned how to start a project (Cast-On) and end a project (Cast-Off), along with these two stitches, there are a vast amount of projects you can complete.

If you are new to knitting, I highly encourage you to take on dishcloths as your first project.  They are quick projects, and even if the stitches are not even, they are fully functional.  My first ever knitting project was this dishcloth.

For those needing a larger project, a basic scarf would work.  While the pattern may not be difficult, the amount of time needed for this project can be overwhelming for some of the younger girls.  Here is my first scarf.

Recently, I was asked what attracted me to knitting.  I admit it does provide me with a sense of accomplishment, but the variety of the projects keep me going.  I know that there is so much for me to learn, yet I can still complete a project with a great amount of satisfaction.  It can also be very portable.  I spend the time waiting for my daughter to finish piano lessons,or the dreaded doctor’s appointment, knitting.  I find the rhythm of knitting to be relaxing. I spend many evenings in front of the television with needles in hand.

I hope you are inspired by all of my projects. If you are not familiar with American Heritage Girls you can find more information on their website(www.AmericanHeritageGirls.org).

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