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Pinky Yarn
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USA
1045 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2003 :  7:38:39 PM  Show Profile Send Pinky Yarn a Private Message
How did all of yall start knitting? i've "heard" some of yalls stories, they are wonderful! if u know, what was your first project as well? and now ill answer my own question..


In texas history we had to do something we'd never done before, i have no idea how the idea to knit popped into my head. but it did, so it was off to the library to get some books then off the jo anns to get some yarn. i kinda sorta got the cast on, only one book made since to me. then i strugled with the knit stitch. very frustrated i went to me dads for the weekend ironically my step mother used to knit a long long time ago. she remember the knit stitch and tought me. alls i knit was a long regtangle thing..it was sorta odd. but i was knitting! this was last december. after the odd square/regtangle i did a small purse with some mohair look yarn, in pink of course.

I find it VERY ironic that my step mother, who i dont exactly "get along" with helped me learn one of my fav things to do. the majority of my knitting was learned from books and off the internet.

-God bless, take care, and dont eat soap!

Marg in Mirror
Permanent Resident

Canada
3205 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2003 :  8:42:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
Hi, Pink Yarn...

I can't really remember the circumstances of my learning to knit (the details, that is -- whether I found it easy or difficult, etc.). I know my mother taught me, and that my first 'thing' was a garter stitch square. I knit several items then, for a badge in the Junior Auxiliary, which was a club for young girls through the Anglican Church of Canada at the time. I was about 8 years old, and before too long had mastered purling and knit a pair of mittens with a cable up the back. Then, I know, I was definitely hooked on knitting!

-- Marg in Calgary, Alberta

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Summer
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
581 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2003 :  9:26:49 PM  Show Profile Send Summer a Private Message
I got one of those knitting machines (a Mattel toy if I remember right) for Christmas one year. I don't remember how old I was but I'd make a tube with it, pull the yarn on one end to close the tube, and that was supposed to be a sock. That's probably the main reason I have no desire to do socks! I would mess around with that every once in awhile but it seemed so limited so finally when I was a young teeny bopper, I bought one of those Teach Yourself to Knit booklets and taught myself how to cast on, do the knit stitch, and do the purl stitch. My grandmother had an old Workbasket magazine that had a mitten in it I liked, so I made a mitten. A mitten, not a pair. Yet another thing I have no desire to ever make again. No one in my family knits, so I've pretty much taught myself from books and lately from the internet.

I still have that book, the Workbasket, and that toy.

Jill
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jmweis
Chatty Knitter

USA
260 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  04:57:24 AM  Show Profile Send jmweis a Private Message
Hi Pink, I started knitting a three years ago when I started Grad. School at the university of Kansas. The grad students, mostly the females, but everyonce and while men will join in, have been knitting and eating pizza once a week for about 15 years now. Being new and not knowing anyone, I came to the weekly knitting group and the rest is history!!!!. I learned how to knit and purl and cast on from members of the group, I feel in love with knitting, became obsessed with learning more and from books and magazines, have taught myself everything else that I know (i.e. fair-isle, cables, slip-stiches, etc). After knitting a practice square, the first project I completed was a Doctor Who inspired scarf for my husband, his request. It was made from Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Bulky, with bright red, yellow, blue, and green. It turned out pretty well, and has continued to grow lengthwise, and if I had to do it again, I would make it a little different. But my husband loves it and it is really warm. Then I made scarves for all of my family for Christmas, but I didn't get them finished in time, so they all got half knitted scarves with balls of yarn. .

Cheers
Jennifer

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Licensed2Cook
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USA
3554 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  05:15:01 AM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
Welcome Pink,

I started in 3rd grade knitting colored head bands. Then got into other textile arts (sewing etc.). I picked it up again seriously about 20 years ago when I moved to a colder climate. I really enjoy it now and have built a nice stash over the past two-three years.


Dee
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Parrot Girl
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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  06:36:48 AM  Show Profile Send Parrot Girl a Private Message
It was the Sixties, and people were doing all kinds of crafty things. A friend taught me to crochet, and I taught my sister. In return she taught me to knit, and I loved it immediately. I knit several frustratingly awful lopsided squares to get the hang of it, then did a striped sweater from Family Circle magazine. Over the years I've put it down and picked it up several times, this time longer and more intensely than ever before.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." Thoreau
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taylby
Warming Up

USA
57 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  06:51:28 AM  Show Profile Send taylby a Private Message
I am a new knitter of about two months. I taught myself to crochet a little over a year ago. A co-worker found out and brought me a bag of yarn that he had in storage. It also contained about a half-dozen sets of knitting needles. I put the needles in my "craft trunk" thinking I'd never learn to knit. But, curiousity got the better of me, and I decided to try it. Glad I did!

Lynn in TN
Nothing difficult is ever easy.
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frodosmom
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
480 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  11:36:58 AM  Show Profile Send frodosmom a Private Message
Pink Yarn, your reminiscence brings back to me a loom made out of a wooden spool with four nails hammered into the top that I received for my eighth birthday. That summer I must have knitted half a mile of "horse reins" since there was little else to do and no other children to play with.

Later on I learned from a book to use needles and my first project was not exactly a square; it was a wreck-tangle.

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Jane
SustaYning Member

USA
4376 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  3:39:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
I learned out of a kind of necessity. I was selling handwoven clothing at craft fairs (what can I say, it was the 80's!) and then I taught myself how to spin. Before too long I *had* to make hats with my handspun, so I got some needles, a booklet at the 5&10, and off I went! The only help I had was with casting on that first time, and I got it from some lovely ladies at a yarn shop. I got bolder, experimented here and there, and learned how to knit in the round because I hated making seams. I'd find patterns and adapt them to my yarn, change the brim or the shape, and everybody seemed to like them because they sold quickly. I was hooked, but after I stopped doing craft shows I didn't knit much -- until last fall. It's been an intense passion ever since!

Jane
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derryknit
New Pal

8 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  7:43:38 PM  Show Profile Send derryknit a Private Message
I learned to knit when I moved to Ireland in the 70's. They did not have day time TV and everything was so different from home. I just got so bored and one day I was walking by some knit shop, which really wasn't hard to do since there are so may and I went in. This lovely Irish lady gave me a book and a simple baby sweater pattern and off I went home and taught myself. After 8 years living abroad we moved back home. I seemed to loose interest in it since it is so hot here in Texas and it stayed forgotten till just 2 months ago. I have really taken a passion to it again and I guess the second time around is a charm.

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M. Shawn
Chatty Knitter

USA
147 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  8:34:34 PM  Show Profile Send M. Shawn a Private Message
Hi Pink, what a fun topic! I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I learned to knit about two years ago. One of my clients came in for several appointments each time wearing a gorgeous handknit sweater. I complimented her sweaters and her skill and she invited me to join the class she was teaching. So I did. The first project that I knit was a garter stitch scarf out of Lion Brand Homespun. I hated working with the Homespun but I LOVED the feeling of yarn slipping through my fingers. Since it was an organized class that met once a week, I immediately had the support and friendship of the other class members. The class has long since ended but we all still knit together. I am so grateful to the client who taught me what is now my passion. I can't imagine not knitting! It keeps me grounded and helps me when I'm stuck in a rut. I've changed a lot since I've been knitting. I like what it does for me. I love creating something lovely and practical out of nothing.



M. Shawn
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thevalkyry
Sustaining Member

USA
736 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  8:47:12 PM  Show Profile Send thevalkyry a Private Message
This is fabulous.. our own little KR Knitting Lessons :) I love it!

All the women in my family knit... even tho mom hasnt in forever and a day. Grandma (dad's side) tried to teach me when I was 6 or 7, but it wasnt 'perfect' so I lost interest. Vo (mom's side, Vo is grandmother in Portuguese) tried to teach me crochet, but on such a small doily scale I couldnt get it. My thing was sporadic cross stitch. So flash forward 15 years. A good friend was an archeo-astronomist and while wandering through a Michaels I found a sun/mmon/stars celestial themed project which I pulled off (thank god for 5 hours of Olympics a night) by Xmas!! This got me all fired up and I had this vision of conquering crafts one by one. So next on my list was knitting. I got my mom to teach me the basics and knitted some swatches (my 'first'project was lime green!!) and got yarn etc for an afghan... that was three years ago. (It never even occurred to me to do a scarf!) Somehow I never got beyond knitting. :) Maybe because I keep learning. I have done instarsia, steeking .. you name it, I want to learn it :)

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Pinky Yarn
Permanent Resident

USA
1045 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2003 :  9:00:03 PM  Show Profile Send Pinky Yarn a Private Message
some of yalls posts reminded me of a few things. i hand embrordered EVERYTHING, little scraps of felt lying around were my passion. i also got a sewing machine for christmas, i think i was around 8 or 9, i took a sewing class, made a few things, A HA!!!! i jsut remember i made a drawstring bag, it has cats on it, it would work for a make shift knitting bag. i had forgotten ALL about that till just now. I also remembered that my great grandmother knitted, i have a little knitted doll, that and a lot of pictures that i cherish. this also reminded me of something funny that happened. my mom told me that when she was little she used to sit and knit in front of the TV when it was too cold outside. my responce was, yall had TV's?? she didnt take that very well... (Shes not that old..lol) Then i also remember that my step mother has a few crocheted aghans that her mother and sister made. i too love the feeling of most yarns running through my hands. one thing i love to do even if it means losing 15 minutes of sleep is to knit for around 10 minutes before school, really calms me down and takes away that panicy "did i forget something" feeling. If u ask me the way to world peace is knitting... that would be a good platform, knitting our way to world peace one country at a time... dont ask, kinda sleepy, lol. my english teacher wants to learn to knit, im trying to figure out a time when i could at least help her.. teacher knitting = much nicer teacher, hehe, shes already awesome already though. well this is getting long, so ill stop rambling now. sorry that my posts are usually mixed up and random and kinda messy, my emails are the same way..ack, lol. g'night yall.

-God bless, take care, and dont eat soap!
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happyneedles
Seriously Hooked

USA
849 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2003 :  03:25:59 AM  Show Profile Send happyneedles a Private Message
Pink Yarn-I like that image, our world leaders sitting around a table knitting! Knitting our way to peace, one country at a time! Fabulous!

Derryknit-where in Ireland did you live? I visited Ireland once with my dh before the kids were born. What a beautiful country.

Great topic-BTW. A friend of mine started knitting 20 years ago and immediately it piqued my interest. Then she brough me to a yarn shop and a yarn slave was born! (And has remained one for 20 years I might add!) Then another mutual friend had the patience to teach me to knit and purl. I was off and running. I started going to yarn shops and they taught me the rest, increasing, decreasing, etc. I have to give credit to you ladies who say you learned it all from books and the internet. I would think that would be difficult. And finishing! In my estimation that's the hardest thing to do. It's easy to put a sweater together but to do it so it looks professional, well, I think that's another story! Oh, and also I helped the friend who taught me to knit her first sweater!

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Eleanor
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USA
583 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2003 :  04:01:49 AM  Show Profile  Send Eleanor a Yahoo! Message Send Eleanor a Private Message
I can remember my mom sitting and knitting or crocheting just like it was "yesterday". I kept pestering her to teach me how when I was very young. She finally did, but I can't remember how old I was. I was young enough not to be able to make anything. Then as I got older I wanted to make something. I think my first project was a bulky knit sweater with a cable down the center and a big cowl neck, made on large wooden needles (which I still have, and I think I still have the pattern) I thought it came out a little too big (mom didn't teach me about gauge, since she really didn't know about it either). I was in high school at the time and I remember getting compliments on it. But, I wasn't satisfied with it, so I ripped it out and tried making it on smaller needles, but I wasn't happy with the way it was turning out, so I never finished making it over.
To this day I regret frogging it, it would have been right in style so many times of my life. I'm 65 now and the "look" has come and gone a few times!!
I really started knitting avidly when I had my children. I loved making things for them.
And I haven't stopped since. I did go through periods where the needles layed idle, but not for long! When my 2 daughters started working knitted items were very popular, so I would knit things that all 3 of us could wear. 'Received many complements and requests to make things for other people, which really "spurred" me on, if you know what I mean!
My grandchildren had the most knitted items in their layettes imaginable. Everyone oohed and ahhed at their baby showers! I still like making "new baby" items for all the new moms that I know.
I hope to knitting and crocheting for my ggks someday.
I think I've said enough for now. And I hope everyone has a full and happy life as I have had knitting!

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Mom2aej
Warming Up

USA
81 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2003 :  2:35:11 PM  Show Profile Send Mom2aej a Private Message
I've been trying to post an intro for a while now but just haven't had the time. This topic seemed like the perfect one to add to.

My first attemps at learning to knit was in high school. My mom was an avid knitter. I can hardly remeber a time when she did not have a project in the works. That first attempt was a disaster. I was knitting so tight that I could hardly fit the needle in. I got about 1/4 of the way through a sweater and had enough.

Four years ago, I lost my mom to cancer. When I was sorting thru her stuff, I came accross her yarn stash and her needles. There was no way I was going to get rid of that stuff so I decided to try again. From my little bits of memories that I had and with the help of some online reasorses I tought myself how to knit on straight needles with the right hand carry. I was doing ok but with 3 little 2 year olds running around I was ripping more than I was kniting. (dropping the work mid row to get someone out of trouble, or someone grabbing a needle and running off thus pulling out the stiches) So I put it down for a while. I then learned about continental style and tought myself that. I liked it much better and I realized that was how my mom used to knit. Once I discovered circular needles, that was all that it took. They were great to be able to drop quickly and the kids couldn't grab the needles as easily. There are times I have gotten stuck but I find if I ponder it a while the answer usually hits me like a bolt of lightning. I like to hope its my mom helping me out.

So here I am 4 years latter and happily knitting as I can. I have 4 1/2 year old triplets who keep me very busy but start school this year. I don't know if I'm more sad that they have reached school age or happy in the fact that they will be in school all day and I can actually get something done.

I am doing what I can to spread the craft. I tought two of my friends and my step mom wants to learn as well.

So anyways.. Happy knitting to all

Mom2aej
Mom to Amelia, Emily & Jarrett

Just when you get a handle on life... It changes.
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Jeanie
Chatty Knitter

New Zealand
142 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2003 :  05:12:41 AM  Show Profile Send Jeanie a Private Message
At the risk of repeating myself , my mother taught me to knit when I was about 6 years old.(Probably because I kept on nagging at her).
She was a great one to knit, having been taught by an older brother when she was about 5 years old. She started on 6 inch nails as needles as there was no money for a pair of needles for a little girl. Then my grandpa made her a pair from manuka wood(NZ native tree) & she tells me that she knitted a scarf for that same brother to take away with him to the 1st World War. My mother is now 94 years & too shaky to knit any more but still takes an avid interest in a what ever I am knitting.
I can't remember what was my first attempt at knitting was but it would probably have been a scarf. I remember knitting my father a brilliant emerald green sleeveless jumper when I wasn't very old. I know that he wore it. Poor man. My needles have been busy every since , with some years being more productive than others. I knitted for my 3 children, nephews & nieces & their children & now my grandchildren & thanks to the forum have started knitting for me too, again.
I have really enjoyed reading the posts on this topic & really LOL at frodosmum & her "wreck-tangle".
Also Vickikk your grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful grandparent to have. I bet you will have a great lot of pleasure knitting with" her " needles.
Thank you Pink for the idea.
Happy knitting everyone & may we all be able to pass on this craft & artform to someone else.

JLH
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Jane
SustaYning Member

USA
4376 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2003 :  07:31:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
This wonderful topic has served as a reminder of how deep our creative roots are. Knitting might be a "trend" somewhere, but not here -- so many of us learned from mothers, grandmothers, etc. I have loved reading all our stories! And although I am self-taught, I do feel a connection to every woman who has ever held needles and yarn. It's just there, whenever I knit -- a deep, almost spiritual connection. I know that many others here feel the same thing.

When the Iraq war started, everyone at work was shocked and saddened, and we didn't know what to do at first. One day I said, "Oh, well, I think I'll just go home and knit," and a young woman on my staff began to say "Jane's going to knit for peace." And I did, I suppose.

Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to
paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the
truth. --Madeleine L'Engle


Thank you, Pink.


Jane
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Annemieke
Chatty Knitter

Netherlands
185 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2003 :  12:19:49 PM  Show Profile Send Annemieke a Private Message
Oh well, I started when I was about 7. In our (girls)school, back in the 60's we had these handicraft lessons, where we were taught how to knit, crochet, embroider and sew. It was a subject we got grades for, just like reading, history or whatever. I never got any further than 6 out of 10 (our grading system, we don't have letters for them), but since I come from a large, poor family everything we could provide ourselves, we did provide ourselves. So I ended up knitting socks, vests, bootees etc. from an early age.
My fondest memory however is sewing maternity dresses for my mother when she was pregnant with my youngest brother; I was 13 years old....
Annemieke

I don't want to prevent life from happening to me
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sarver2
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2003 :  1:44:32 PM  Show Profile Send sarver2 a Private Message
I started knitting when I was 12, then the red cross came to our school and gave us yarn to make sweater sets for babies of unwed mothers. I made 2 before I found out they sold them instead of giving them away. Oh, well.

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Lori Jean (aka lj81)
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
423 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2003 :  3:56:32 PM  Show Profile Send Lori Jean (aka lj81) a Private Message
This is a great topic. I learned to knit and crochet when I was about 7 years old from my Grandmother. Though she passed quite some time ago, I thank her everyday for spending that time with me and teaching me the beauty of creating art with my hands. I think about and talk to her often while I knit. No-one else in my family (two sisters and 1 brother) knit. Just me. I have met some wonderful women at my LYS who have enriched me and my knitting with their sharing and generosity. I don't know where I would be if I couldn't feel yarn slipping through my fingers and see garments taking shape.

Lori Jean "often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key"
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