I remember not being able to find a sweater like that, so I bought a knitting pattern for it. I did not know how to knit a stitch, and I still don't, but I want to learn. I have no idea where that pattern is. I bought a How to Knit CD and a knitting kit from Walmart. The CD is not that fantastic to me. I ended up going over to Knitting Help and watching a couple of their videos. They cover the way to hold the yarn a little more clearly IMHO. Last night I taught myself the long tail cast on (it is so fun). I am planning to teach myself the knit stitch tonight and the purl stitch later this week. I hope they go as well as the long tail cast on did. Anyway, my problem is that I feel like that by taking up knitting, I am going to fall behind in my sewing. Since I learned that I should make muslins, things have been going well lately after some rocky sewing experiences awhile back. I have quite a list of projects I want to do. I try to complete one sewing project per week, and knitting will get me off this schedule. But I don't know why I think I have to have a schedule. I have just always had this goal-oriented, competetitive personality. I have a love/hate relationship with that part of me. Sorry to wax so psychological, there.
I taught myself a little crocheting a couple of years ago and made the cutest baby bonnet and booties, but all I could think of was that I should be sewing instead. For you ladies who have two hobbies, how do you balance them without feeling like one is taking away from the other? Of course, I may not have to worry about it--if I can't learn to knit.