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Aug 8, 2018 00:45:47   #
independentdomestic
 
I want to hear everyone's story. How'd you become a knitter?

Here's mine:

My mom taught me to crochet when I was a child. I don't know what age I was for sure but probably around seven or eight years old. It didn't stick with me too much but some years around Christmas time I'd be trying to think of inexpensive but thoughtful gifts to give and I'd try crocheting again and that about all I ever did until the third trimester of my first pregnancy when I decided to crochet a baby blanket. It was a good way to pass the time while I waited for my daughter, Lily to arrive. (and to fend off my growing dread of childbirth) I kept going even after she was born because I like to be productive with my time and crocheting provided a way to do that and still relax on the couch when motherhood left me exhausted.

About two years ago I decided to branch out and try knitting. I used youtube videos to learn and I got the hang of it just in time for some of the darkest days of my life. Now I can't convince myself to crochet anything I love knitting too much. I believe in the therapeutic power of knitting. I love how it calms me and how I get to create something beautiful. I love giving knitted things to people I love. I read on Mason Dixon Knitting recently that, "knitting is a measure of time spent thinking about someone." I love that and I think it is what makes knitting such a meaningful way to show love to others. Recently I've used knitting to help me through losing my uncle to suicide, to stay connected with a friend that I don't get to see as often as I would like and to get in touch with my Norwegian heritage, as well as brighten the lives of others.

I tend to think that knitters are inherently good people and I want to hear your stories.
 
Aug 8, 2018 00:53:07   #
m_azingrace
 
Wheñ I was 10 years old I received a learn to knit kit for Christmas. My dad helped me with it. Thst was 1952. I've been knitting off and on ever since. I also crochet and know how to tat.
Aug 8, 2018 01:03:03   #
sheherazade (a regular here)
 
I saw someone knitting when I was 12 and longed to learn but no one around to teach me. When I was pregnant with our first child, I bought a "how to" book and taught myself. First bootie was HUGE but I learned a LOT and kept at it. 47 years later, still knitting but it wasn't until I retired that I stepped it up and tackled what I once thought was "hard" (fair isle, cables) only to discover it made knitting even more fun. KP has helped SO much to increase my knowledge and inspire me to try something new and different.
Aug 8, 2018 01:50:43   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
I was nearly 9 and watching my Grandma knit. I asked her to show me what to do. She cast on some stitches on an old metal circular needle and told me to just keep knitting until she decided my work was even enough. Then between the 2 of us we produced a jumper. Grandma cast on, cast off, and sewed it up but I did the knitting. Taught myself to crochet from a book (no TV or internet in those days) and have been doing both since then. Can't imagine how I would feel if I was unable to knit anymore.
Aug 8, 2018 01:54:14   #
Cookiecat (a regular here)
 
Taught myself basic crochet age 11. Always wanted to do knit garments, learned by myself, a few years later, got it wrong and ended up knitting Eastern European style!! My machine knitting is still better than my hand knitting. Never find garments in the store exactly what I want or what fits, and I love playing with color. Yarn is cheap in second hand stores, so, potholders and scarves weren't so hard to knit!! I still love to crochet, but find the look of knit garments suits me.
Aug 8, 2018 02:14:10   #
barbbfly
 
Im so sorry about your uncle my dear and glad you can create . I started to knit a few yrs b4 60 yrs with arthritis flaring . I always wanted to make homemade socks but believed it way too hard. I like you learned with utube but I made every mistake anyone could ever make and i still forget those and make them over but I can make socks and I believe its built some characterm in me somehow. My wonderful mom took her own life when I was 11yrs and i still suffer with aloneness . Jesus Yeshua is always with me and I believe Hes my creator and I was made in His image so I am to create. I dont have a good memory and some days dont have any but its a good feeling when I've ;learned something all by myself and after a lot of hard work and frogging sometimes i produce something I really like!!! thx for listening and asking this ques. Shalom and God bless you.
 
Aug 8, 2018 02:50:27   #
luvnknittn (a regular here)
 
I was twelve when I saw my mom knitting and wanted to do that beautiful craft. She only knew the knit stitch and I didn’t know anyone else who knit, so a ‘Teach Yourself To Knit’ booklet is what taught me the purl stitch. My first project was a pair of slippers that laced up to mid-calf made out of a skein of Red Heart mixed reds yarn. No pattern, made it all up, but I learned a lot from making them. They weren’t the best, and they were sooo bright you’d never lose my mom in a crowd, but she proudly put them on, laced them up and worn them every night 😊 That was the sixties and I’ve made a lot of progress in my knitting skills since, especially since the internet came into being. My big fear in knitting for years was picking up stitches, I just couldn’t figure it out so avoided all patterns that had you picking up stitches. Now I laugh at myself for wasting so much time NOT knitting some of those great sweater patterns because of that fear! Lol! I’m a giver, and my joy is making something special for someone I love. I can’t imagine not knitting, crocheting or sewing, so as long as my imagination, fingers and eyes are are still useable, I’ll keep on making things for whom ever wants them 🙂
Aug 8, 2018 03:33:28   #
Candycounter1 (a regular here)
 
Mom tried to show me when young without any success.

Friend left handed tried to show me Crochet about 8-9 yrs ago & it clicked finally.

First large thing I made was for neice who was turning 30, it’s an awkward shaped blanket like a large V, I have improved since then & now make rectangle shawls & fairly square blankets now at 55x55 or 60” x 60-ish inches.

Mainly stick to baby blankets, & shawls & have a blanket in works for oldest son, younger son & daughter each have a special made one- my daughters in camouflage her favorite when she was 15, & my younger son, I made a school
Colors blanket for when he graduated 3 yrs ago...

I’m working on a 🔴⚪️🔵Vets shawl for church right now, with my focus to crank that out, as I am not sure when it needs to be done by, except for this fall for a church bbq for first responders in our church’s town. 😁

My Meme could knit mittens, hats & scarves & she knit so fast her needles clicked & clicketly clacked when she was working away. Maybe someone will show me knitting some day. I’m a tough one to teach.🤷🏼‍♀️❓

I have probably made around 20-25 things worth bragging about to this point. I use no patterns nor can read one. Everything is an original one of a kind item with none bring anything like the last. Except for having stripes in it. 😁❤️❗️👍🏻
Aug 8, 2018 03:39:10   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
My mother used to sit and knit in the afternoon whilst listening to the radio. Until I reached school age I was supposed to fall asleep next to her for my afternoon nap. By the time I was about 4 years old I didn't feel too much like sleeping and I would pester my mother about what she was doing. Eventually she gave me a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. She cast on for me and showed me the basic knit stitch and I knit a scarf for my teddy bear. I went on to make a blanket for my doll. I'm sure they were a mess but I thought they were brilliant. She then showed me purl stitch, how to increase, decrease, cast on and bind off, cable and lace, and that was it. By the time I was twelve I was knitting my own sweaters and I can remember at that age knitting a whole layette for my brother's new baby. I've been knitting ever since.

My mother couldn't crochet and didn't want to learn but I wanted a wedding dress for my teenage doll when I was about 7 or 8 so mum bought me a pattern book, some crochet cotton and a hook and left me to it. I have no idea how I learned it but I worked it out somehow. I still have the pattern book but the doll and dress went a long time ago. I wish I'd kept it.
Aug 8, 2018 04:58:47   #
peppered (a regular here)
 
I was in kindergarten when mom showed me how to crochet and knit. Just the basics and I made few little things.I did knit, sew and crochet for my dolls when young.
Then when I got married, I made nice ski sweater for my husband. Took me several months to make it. He got it dirty and felt bad so he washed it. Nobody could fit in it after. Couple of years later I had chance to use someones knitting machine and I made 2 sweaters. I was surprised how easy it was without any help! When waiting for paperwork to move to US, I made sweater for my son but my daughter loved it so much, she wore it too. That was 1986.
My doctor recommended to get a hobby to help with stress,anxiety and depression so I decided to try and knit again after walking by yarn isle in walmart one day. I realized I missed how much beautiful yarn is there, everywhere. My boyfriend thought it will be nice harmless hobby.....
4 years later, I have full room of yarn. 5 knitting machines and no time as much as I would like. But I made many washcloths, ton of hats and scarves, many blankets and throws,sweater and tops. And slippers. One pouf. Most of my things I give away to someone around me who likes my products. I have MANY projects started. I also sew.
I make my own patterns and incorporate stitches I like into it. I bought few patterns. Love cables and thick yarn that knits up quick. I can read charts too. Trying to get into socks. Every attempt in past produced always just one sock.
I feel lucky. All crafts I ever did seems to come naturally to me. I am visual and can imagine in my head how it should look and I can duplicate what I see in my head. It relaxes me to dream up and try to create things.
Aug 8, 2018 06:36:01   #
tracy (a regular here)
 
About 18 1/2 years ago my partners aunty taught me my knitting was so tight I couldn’t move it on the needles I could cast on knit purl n cast off that was it now look at me I can make stuff I never dreamed off I now have the art of knitting collection still to finish these xxxx have never tried raglan sleeve cardigan x
 
Aug 8, 2018 06:37:05   #
tracy (a regular here)
 
About 18 1/2 years ago my partners aunty taught me my knitting was so tight I couldn’t move it on the needles I could cast on knit purl n cast off that was it now look at me I can make stuff I never dreamed off I now have the art of knitting collection still to finish these xxxx have never tried raglan sleeve cardigan x
Aug 8, 2018 07:27:17   #
deenashoemaker
 
m_azingrace wrote:
Wheñ I was 10 years old I received a learn to knit kit for Christmas. My dad helped me with it. Thst was 1952. I've been knitting off and on ever since. I also crochet and know how to tat.


I tat too. Don't cha love it!
Aug 8, 2018 07:49:45   #
Jiggs (a regular here)
 
My grandpa taught me how to knit in the early 50's. I had aunts and a grandmother who crocheted but they never taught me, I learned that from a beginners book that cost 25 cents.
Aug 8, 2018 08:12:31   #
KitKat789
 
I never wanted to learn how to knit until I read Debbie Macomber's books about a yarn shop. The LYS here offered classes for beginners, but I just didn't have the time. Then in 2006, I was downsized from the job I had expected to retire from. Nothing like being told that "Your job is being eliminated, effective immediately." I was plunged into a depression unlike anything I had ever experienced. I knew I couldn't give in to it; I had to update my resume and start job-searching. Then I drove by the LYS one day and realized that now I had time to take knitting lessons. I signed up for a six-week block, and then another. My first project was a scarf. The shop owner/instructor scorned what she called "mindless knitting" (afghans, dishcloths) which were what I wanted to knit. I didn't want to knit a sweater, and socks seemed impossibly hard.

My church started a prayer shawl ministry and I happily joined. It has been such a blessing to me. After a few years, I stopped going to the LYS knitting group. The owner's snobby friends ran it and some didn't like newcomers.

My greatest thrill was when my young-adult daughter wanted to learn knitting, after seeing how much I loved it. I gave her a block of lessons at the LYS for her birthday. She soon surpassed me and has no trouble at all with socks.

My father is having same-day surgery later today. While I wait, I will be working on more mindless knitting -- a dishcloth.
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