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Apr 14, 2018 19:52:24   #
Peggy Beryl
 
When I was in the third grade at Cooley School in Houston, TX, World War II was in progress; and President Roosevelt (with Eleanor's help) thought up all kinds of ways to get the average citizen interested and supportive of the war effort. We collected scrap metal, used cooking grease, old tires, wool coats to be repurposed into military uniforms. We painted the upper half of our car headlights with black paint to keep the light focused on the ground and not guiding any possible enemy planes to our cities.

But to get to the knitting--our teacher found needles for each of her students and begged yarn from anyone who was listening. She taught us to do just the basic knit stitch. We made squares that she sewed together into blankets to be "sent to our boys in the foxholes on European battlefields." Now that I've sewn together a few afghans, I wonder how she found the time to join all those squares into useable size foxhole liners. We made quite a few as many of us devoted our recesses and any spare lunch time to this task.

Over the years I returned to knitting at various times and ventured into sock making, afghans and a few sweaters. It wasn't until I ran across KP five years ago that I became a true knit lover and multi-project worker. Now, there's always a knitting bag in my carry-along "stuff" no matter where I am. I have learned so much from the generous KP members and keep track of several who have worked with me long-distance over time.

What's your story?
 
Apr 14, 2018 19:58:54   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
mum taught me before I started school. I cannot remember not being able to knit.
Apr 14, 2018 20:00:21   #
gail-11
 
My mother - I can't remember not knitting either. We had no TV so, other than reading, not much to do back then especially in winter.
Apr 14, 2018 20:00:26   #
Knitsue
 
When I was about 11, two or three of the mother's in the neighborhood started a Sat. morning knitting club and taught us girls to knit. (My mother didn't knit.) I didn't do much with it until I was 18 I knit my boyfriend - now my husband a sweater.
Sue
Apr 14, 2018 20:00:54   #
Quiltermouse
 
I was about 8. My mother and grandmother were both involved in teaching and encouraging me.
Apr 14, 2018 20:03:42   #
littlebunny (a regular here)
 
I guess I was in high school? A neighbor started to teach me to knit. We made one pair of houseslippers & then they moved away. All I remember about knitting is her repeatedly saying something about don't knit with the tail, don't knit with the tail. No more knitting since then.

However, my uncle gave me a beginner learn to crochet afghan kit, & I've been going strong ever since.
 
Apr 14, 2018 20:07:56   #
Fialka (a regular here)
 
I have learned from books and magazines , taught myself to knit and crochet !.. I was the only one in our family, who could follow any pattern of my choice ! Now I never ask anyone for help with a complicated patterns,- I am very fortunate to make, what I like !..
Apr 14, 2018 20:11:54   #
Mitzi (a regular here)
 
I taught myself
Apr 14, 2018 20:13:59   #
JoRae (a regular here)
 
What an interesting story and great topic.
I learned to knit in 8th grade in school. I was probably 12 going on 13. We knit the basic slipper with a pompon. I knit them for my mom in purple. One was visibly shorter than the other but she wore them with pride. I didn’t pick up knitting again until I was in my early 40s. Then really got into it just before I retired. Socks are a favorite. I always have a pair on the needles.
Side note, I learned to crochet when I was 6. I have crocheted most of my life. I always have a crochet project on the go also.
Apr 14, 2018 20:14:28   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
I don't ever remember my mother knitting but she did crochet
I learned to crochet 1st.... but don't remember the circumstances.... could have been anywhere from 6 to 12 or so.
When I was 15 or 16, a good friend's mom (wonderful knitter) taught us to knit. She was German, I learned to knit continental.
I wanted to knit my 1st serious boyfriend a scarf. As I worked on it, she picked it up and said "Mein Got, you knit like iron"
I was a very tight, tense knitter back then.
In my 20's etc I did more crocheting
I did knit off and on over the decades .... picked it up again consistently about 20 or so years ago.
Apr 14, 2018 20:15:51   #
mattie cat
 
My husband died in 2008 and in 2009 an older woman at my church offered to teach a knitting class in her home. The first meeting there were about 12 of us, second meeting about 8 and finally there was just me. I fell in love with the craft and have been knitting like a fiend ever since. Sure wish I had know how to knit when my husband was ill it would have made all those hours and days in the hospital and chemo rooms less stressful.
 
Apr 14, 2018 20:17:42   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Learned when I was in third grade. My female parental unit showed me the basics and I taught myself most of the rest.
Apr 14, 2018 20:39:17   #
Ellebelle (a regular here)
 
My mom taught me to do a chain and a half-double crochet when I was about 11. Never got into the craft though until after I retired about 10 years ago. I taught myself a few more stitches and haven't looked back. Now it's a passion. What a blast !!
Apr 14, 2018 20:41:09   #
bettyirene (a regular here)
 
This subject has been hashed and rehashed a few times now.
My mother taught me to knit when I was four, on two six inch nails.
Apr 14, 2018 20:43:18   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
I used to watch my grandma knit (we lived with her) and I asked her to teach me. I was 8 or 9 at the time and have been knitting ever since (68 years). Taught myself to crochet in my teens and I found a pattern I loved but didn't know anyone who crocheted.
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