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.
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.
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!
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!