Knit & Crochet Blog Week #1

I’m going to warn you that I’m going to double-post today.  I only read blogs at work during the week, for the most part, so I didn’t see this until this morning on at least three of your blogs.

Starting Out

How and when did you begin knitting/crocheting? was it a skill passed down through generations of your family, or something you learned from Knitting For Dummies? What or who made you pick up the needles/hook for the first time? Was it the celebrity knitting ‘trend’ or your great aunt Hilda?

Oh my.   This will be a refresher for a few of you, but I have new reader-friends who might enjoy this prattle. 

Anne & her mom, summer 2007

I first learned to knit in my childhood, from an aunt and a great aunt who were both grand charitable knitters.  It didn’t take.  I was more interested in dogs and tennis rackets than sticks and string.  However, somewhere in late November of 2006, Anne came for Thanksgiving, knitted, offered to teach me and I laughed at her, but she left behind a knitting virus that has only waned slightly a time or two since.

I had to refresh my memory on my own.  I spent a lot of time with  online sites, watching videos (mostly from Knitting Help), and I finally figured out that I’m a continental knitter.  Once I worked that out, the rest was history!

On that note, please offer up a prayer, good vibes or whatever sort of good wish you do for Anne’s mom.  She’s in the hospital right now, and she’s one dear, kind lady!

Little motif from Edie's class

Crochet?  Several women get credit for that.  I tried to teach myself, and sweet Mary even resorted to having her hubby make a video of her doing a special stitch I couldn’t manage to teach myself.   Rosanne kindly gifted me my first set of Boye hooks, which made the crocheting world a better place.  While I have almost no knitting needle loyalty, I crochet exclusively with Boye, except when I’m trying something new, and then I go back to the tried and true.

Then, Edie Eckman taught a class and made me fall in love with crochet and that cool, circular start (don’t even know the proper name for it) that I use for knitting too sometimes.  Last, but hardly least, Anita has also sent me hooks (Boye, of course!), patterns and more!  It takes a village to teach me to crochet…

Feel free to join me in joining the celebration a little late!

9 comments on “Knit & Crochet Blog Week #1

  1. km says:

    Oh…that’s a great photo of Anne+Mom! I’m so glad you learned to knit, crochet, and spin too (even though that’s not on this list). I need to figure out who else is doing this. I saw something about a pop-over on the originators site, but it linked back to Ravelry and I didn’t have time to read all that.

  2. gmarie says:

    Well very interesting indeed. Did you know that when I was a small girl – around 6 or so – I would crochet bell bottoms for my barbies? yep – it’s true. g

  3. How fun that you can track the names and dates of your obsessions! I only that I learned to knit in about fifth grade, and that not more than flat knit and purl. In my late teens someone finally showed me how to crochet, which was fun…until kids and carpal tunnel stole it from me. Fast forward to oh, about 4-5 yrs ago, when I became obsessed with knitting…and on we go!

  4. Walden says:

    Ah, that was something I learned about myself too, I am a continental knitter. My mom throws and I could never get the hang of it. The internet is a wonderful helper. Positive thoughts for Anne’s Mom.

  5. Nichole says:

    Sending good vibes for Anne’s Mom!!!!

    Isn’t technology wonderful when trying to teach yourself a craft or new skill within that craft? We’re spoiled with all the knitting videos out there!

  6. Anita says:

    I’ve heard it before but it’s still nice to read again. 🙂 I need to fill this one out myself.

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    I really like the comfort grip crochet hooks. Can’t remember who makes them….same people as the bamboo needles, but I’m having a brain lapse. Gah. I’d really like to learn to crochet a bit better, though.

  8. Kathy says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers.
    Had no idea this was going on. Need to check it out.

  9. Dianne says:

    Hmmmm, it’s Saturday and I am just now getting around to reading blogs! I haven’t had a chance to turn on my computer for over a week. Ugh. Anyway, I think I’m way too late for this party! That’s a wonderful picture of Anne and her mom!

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