It’s here! Knit & Crochet Blog Week begins today!
Our first post is about “starting out” – a reflection on when we first began to knit and/or crochet. I’ve spent several days thinking about beginnings and have been a little disappointed that I can’t come up with many details about when or where I learned the crafts. I’ve been knitting off and on for 35-40 years. So although I don’t really remember the beginnings, I remember the “restarts” – the times I picked it up again with enthusiasm. All things fade, but many things circle back. Knitting and crochet have been that way for me.
The earliest memory I have of knitting is of my friend and I sitting outside on the creek stone patio at out house. We were both in elementary school (maybe early middle school). She had more experience at knitting and I’m pretty sure she’s the one who taught me how. We had long metal needles and chunky acrylic yarn. I have no idea what my first project was and I suspect I didn’t finish anything. But I remember how quickly she knit, how slowly I worked and how much I enjoyed it.
Around the same time, my grandmother took knitting lessons in her Homemakers’ group. And I remember sitting in her front room, both of us knitting. Again just practicing with no project in mind. The repetition and predictability of simple knitting has always been a draw. My grandmother was a master seamstress and soon went back to her sewing.
Sometime while in college I picked up crochet – mostly scarves, I think. The details on this are even cloudier. I do remember making granny squares, which I liked. But I don’t remember doing anything with them. Family Circle and Woman’s Day magazines always had lots of projects and patterns around the holidays. And I tried many.
At some point, I drifted away from both crafts and moved on counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery and a little quilting.
I still have the remnants of a knitted ripple afghan I started soon after I married. DH was in graduate school and we lived in a one-room efficiency apartment in married student housing. He would study at night and to keep the distractions at a minimum, I started the afghan. I knit so tight the plastic needles would click with each stitch. I think the clicking might have been annoying after a bit. My fingers would ache. The needles bent and one finally broke. I decided to set knitting aside.
A few years later, the crochet itch hit and I decided to make DH a sweater. I went to my first “real” yarn shop and bought the suggested yarns. Believe it or not, he still has that sweater and still wears it in the winter.
My current passion with knitting and crochet started around 2005 when T graduated from college. He was moving several states away for graduate school and into his first apartment. I decided that I wanted him to take something special from Mom with him. So he and I charted out the pattern for a crochet afghan, similar to one my SIL had made us years ago. T picked his yarn and colors. And when he left home that August, he took along a striped granny square afghan for his new apartment.
That Christmas, I decided to try my hand at knitting again and made scarves for DH and T. And I haven’t stopped knitting since. It’s almost an obsession. OK, it IS an obsession 🙂 I love it!
So. What about you? What are your knit and/or crochet beginnings or “restarts”? I’d love to know your story.
There are over 80 bloggers participating in Knit & Crochet Blog Week. KLC Creations has a list of participating bloggers in the sidebar on her blog. And there’s another list of folks participating on The Blog Hub group on Ravelry. My goodness, I’ll be reading all day … and night 🙂
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