What's your knitting story?

I just remembered the first time I learned to knit and I actually laughed at it. :roflhard: So I decided to share and maybe hear about some of you guys’ knitting experiences when u first learn to knit :teehee: Let’s have some fun! So, here goes my story.

My mom bought me some yarns from a second hand store someday last year. I asked for yarns just because I was trying to make a mixed-media artwork. But somehow I got curious about how to knit and found a knitting video on the net. I didn’t have knitting needles, so guess what, I used two pencil crayons instead :rofl: I still remember how I was struggling to slip the stitches on the pencil crayons, and how long it took for me to make every single stitches with those thick crayons :roflhard: And the fabric turned out horrible lol, it had huge loops of uneven stitches and was partially coloured by the crayons :lol: Yet I became very addicted in knitting and my mom decided to buy me some knitting needles. Even later on, I did a lot of things like this :frog: , but I enjoyed knitting.

That was long lol, so what’s your story?

Well, I started knitting, because I love really long scarves. They were for sale all over the netherlands, but all in wool or wool-blends. I really really really wanted a long scarf, so I decided that if I wanted one, I should knit it myself. On a craft-fair, I bought some thick cotton and knitted a long scarf. I loved the scarf and loved the knitting. Although I loved it, I didn’t knit for 2 years after that. Then I decided it was time for a new scarf and bought acrylic on the same craft-fair. After I bought the acrylic, I found some really awsome stand with a nice way to knit a scarf. They used 8 strands of different colors of really thin acrylic at the same time. I loved how it looked, and decided I wanted THAT scarf. So there I was, with 10 skeins of acrylic I wasn’t going to use for a scarf. That’s when I decided I’d love a sweater in those colors as well, so after I finished the scarf, I knitted a sweater for myself. It took really long, but after that, I was really addicted to knitting and I haven’t stopped ever since.

The summer after I graduated from college, I had a hard time finding a job. I was rather depressed, so I decided to take up a hobby to make myself feel better. Knitting sounded like a good idea, so I went to the library, picked up a book, bought a skein of Red Heart Super Saver (country blue), a size H (I think) crochet hook, and a set of size 8 straight needles. I picked up crochet faster, but I like knitting better!

When I was about 2 years old, my mom got out of the shower to find that I had wound her yarn around every doorknob, chair, lamp and end table in the house. From then on, I always loved string and knots.

I resisted learning to knit for all the standard reasons. I’m too young, I don’t have time for another hobby, I’m a professional woman with a master’s degree and I don’t do mindless, domestic tasks. The usual stereotypes.

About three years ago, my dad donated DH a kidney and when my parents came out for the surgery, my mom made me learn. What could I say? Thanks for the kidney, but there’s no way I’m letting you teach me to knit. So I caved. It was honestly the least I could do. She even showed me the SNB books to “prove” that cool, young people knit too. Sure mom, whatever! :roll: I wasn’t buying it.

As you might imagine, the joke was on me. I haven’t put my needles down in three years. Now, when my mom has a knitting question, she calls me. Now I pity people who don’t knit instead of people who do :slight_smile: And to people who think they are too hip, too young, too “busy” to knit? Fine, more yarn for me!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Last summer, after finishing a very detailed cross-stitch that I had worked on for about three years, I went to HL to select a frame for my completed project. I wanted to try something different – something practical. I took a peek at the knitting section of the store, bought my first needles, yarn, and how-to book. I finished the first pattern (dish cloth) that night and was hooked (wrong “hobby”, I know… :teehee: )

i have been knitting more than 45 years, (since the age of 8 or so)

my mother knit, but she wasn’t a good teacher, and i basiclly taught myself by watching her… (the result is i knit almost completely opposite her!) she knit english lever style, i knit combo.

by age 9, i was teaching myself fair isle (in the round) i wasn’t all that good, but i got better.

i never gave up knitting (i just posted on my blog today about knitting needles, some of mine are rather old-- (still in original packages, with prices like 60 cents, or $1.25 for a circular needle)–but there have been years when i have knit very little…

Lately, i have been knitting a lot!

Wow, these are great stories! :teehee: Seems like knitting has this sort of magic that can automatically make a person who’s not interested in knitting become absolutely addicted to knitting :rofl:

Funny you should say magic. I taught a friend of mine to knit about a year ago. She has a Phd and is a cancer biologist. Recently she declared to me that as much as she knits, it is still like magic to her. How does pulling that loop through another loop make socks? Cables? Sweaters? I love it, here is a person who spends her life figuring out how cancer cells work, and she can understand the most complicated biological processes and discover things about them that we didn’t know before. But knitting has her awestruck.

I think she likes it that way, because if anyone is able to understand knitting mechanically and scientifically, its her. But who really wants to lift up that curtain? To kill the golden goose? Not us, we just want our needles to work their magic! I’m gonna cast those two socks on one needle, follow those directions and viola! Two socks emerge.

They say kowledge is power, but I think we all need a little magic in our lives. That’s power, right?

I’ve told my story a million times, but I love to repeat it. My dog was born on January 23, 2003 and it was going to be six weeks until I could bring her home. I was so excited I could hardly stand it. So I taught myself to knit, in order to keep me busy and preoccupied. I knitted her blankets and sweaters. Then my sister’s step mom saw the sweaters and asked me to make some for her to sell in her shop, so I did. I have since branched out to things other than for my dog. I am a true addict! Now I have to post a picture of my baby in one of her sweaters…

About a year ago a friend of mine started to knit because she wanted to make a scarf for her Mother on Christmas. I was interested in knitting, but never took the time to learn. I always said “ohh I’m too busy, I won’t have time.” So long story short, here we are a year later and I had a sudden urge to start knitting. I bought some yarn, a few pairs of different sized needles, and some other little things necessary in completing a project and I taught my self to knit along with the help of Amy’s video on this site! Now my friend is busy planning a wedding, and I am the one knitting! I’m addicted!

Your dog is adorable! :heart: it must be really warm and cozy wearing those blankets, etc. that u made for it!

Lol I agree with you bip, we all need a little bit of magic at some points of our lives.

my stepdad bought me for my birthday a few years back a skein of awful pink yarn, the stitch n bitch book, and 2 chopsticks. :roflhard: I tried for a few months and got sooooo frustrated. Then my anxiety disorder got kinda bad and I needed something to distract myself from myself so I took it up again. Turns out knitting is the best medication for anxietey disorders that I’ve found… keeps your mind focused on something and you can figure out a material problem instead of sitting and worrying about your own problems. :hug: Turns out now I can’t remember what I used to do when I watched tv before :shrug:

Bip, loved your story.

Isn’t it funny how closed minded we can be sometimes and that we don’t know what we don’t know. I think I had this same mindset to, but I just saw so many women knitting that I figured this would be one hobby that was transportable unlike my machine embroidery and sewing. So glad I opened my mind a little.

I had always wanted to learn, but didn’t know anyone that knit who could teach me. I was suffering through a rough bout with depression and anxiety and needed a distraction. So I bought some needles & yarn, found this site, and taught myself.

And Mulderknitter: I can totally relate to it being great for anxiety disorders. I know anytime I get worked up about something I can sit and knit for even just 5 minutes and I feel so much better. :thumbsup:

Both my mother and grandmother (and for all I know on back through the generations) were knitters. I have this great memory of family road trips with my dad driving and my mum lounging with her bare feet out the window, knitting.

I first learned when I was about eleven and was cast as a grandmother in a school play. I decided I needed some onstage business and got my mother to teach me to knit. It wasn’t until about three years later, though, when my first nephew was born and I wanted to make him a sweater, that I took it up seriously.

Awww, Carmen, your doggie is so cute!!

I had a coworker at my previous job (in NY) who knit during lunch. We had a cafeteria, and if we had lunch at the same time, I’d sit with her. I admired her skill, and asked her if she’d teach me. I was somewhat intimidated–I’m totally uncoordinated, and can be a little dyslexic reading instructions (please don’t ever ask me to assemble any furniture if you want it done within a year).

Over the MLK weekend last year, she brought me to her knitting group (a bunch of us who’d gone to library school together). She bought me kiddie needles (the little plastic ones with the kitty heads) and some purple Caron yarn. I learned how to cast on and knit that day. Purling came at lunch a few weeks later. I started knitting at lunch, and then another coworker started knitting at lunch…and then we moved.

I’ve only recently started the increasing /decreasing stuff–partially from a class I recently took, and partially from help on this forum :muah:

Originally my Grand-mother tried to teach me as I was the only Grand-child deemed suitable enough. :shrug: She was a very interesting lady and I am not sure what made her decide that.

But I was about 6 and lets just say, she likely cast on 25 stitches and I made it into a row of about 60 stitches in 5 mins or so.

She kept at me for about 2 hours apparently until we had a huge scream at each other. And that was the end of it… or so I thought.

She left me her knitting needle collection when she died. I wasn’t very appreciative of it.

About 10 years later, after my daughter’s birth… I wanted this sweater, bought a book with written directions and taught myself. That was 5 years ago…

A.C Moore had just opened up in my area and way the biggest yarn-carrying store around. I luved it for all my other crafts ( needlepoint, wookburning, braiding, etc.) and i saw a “learn to knit” kit. I had a really cheap and ugly looking cover, but i picked it up decided that it would b cool to learn to knit.

The project was a scarf with a boa trim. these ppl expected me to learn on eyelash yarn :whoosh: . i said “forget that” :roll: picked up the worsted weight yarn, and learned the cast on pretty quickly. i was so proud cus it looked nice and neat :). the knitting intructions were really crappy so i just threw the box in the closet and it stayed there four like four months until this 12-year-old from my church spent the night. she’s the kinda person who doesn’t even know she invading personal space so next thing i know she emerging from the closet with the box telling me that she can teach me. she did (badly) and i learn that i found making fabric with just one string is fascinating! :heart:

HeeHee, I love telling this story…

I learned how to knit a little more than a year ago at Christmas. You see, my mom passed in October, 2005 and I was devistated. I tried to take my mind off it and engaged in lots of hobbies, including drawing (no talent), painting (too messy), crafts (yeah… let’s not get into me with a hot glue gun), and other things like that. My sister tired to get me into video games like she was, but I just wan’t into it. I was in my local craft store looking for embrodary thread (I was into embrodery) and I passed by a learn to knit kit. That day in the car I told my dad that it might be cool to learn how to knit, and we went home.

A couple months passed and I forgot about it, but then my dad bought me a learn to knit kit for Christmas and I fell in lurve. I played around with acrylic yarn, making shapless garter stich blobs, and I kinda droped it (I feel ashamed).

Last summer I was stuck at home with NOTHING TO DO. I was looking through my room and found some of my old needles and yarn. I figured ‘what the heck?’ and went on my computer to find a knitting refresher website. I found an awsome website with how-to video’s, not just hard to read intructions, and then I found the website had a forum with a bunch of awsome ladies

Luv ya, KH :muah:

My mom taught me when I was about 8. I always made hot pads, I could finish those. That was 40 years ago, I can’t believe it. I can also remember mom knitting on family road trips, and I always thought she was working so SLOWLY. Recently she gave me her old sets of Boye interchangeables, and I use them a lot. THey have some nice short cords that are hard to find in stores.

I have taught my niece, my oldest daughter, and my youngest daughter (age 10) to knit. THe ones I couldn’t teach are my daughter-in-law, who’s a lefty, and My 2 middle daughters (the TEENAGERS) who refuse to try.

I think the left-handed knitter would succeed better with the other method (I get the 2 names mixed up, I mean controlling the yarn with her left hand) I just couldn’t teach her what I don’t know.