I’ll admit. I’v been in a slump lately, on blogging, knitting and sewing. The past few posts were short, in fact they were my fast “post a pic and use some words via email from work” so that I don’t appear to be lacking on the blogging side, but as we all know, the first step is always Denial…
Anyways, so I’m back – I hope. I started a baby wash cloth today at work while doing my “motherly duty”. And I saw WifeMomKnitter and NutmegKnitter posting this and thought it would be a great way to get me back into a rhythm on blogging.
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?
I taught myself how to knit back in 2004… I think it was right before when there is a huge knitting movement going on. I had saw a beautiful scarf at Neiman Marcus. It was knitted with woven ribbons, it was Gorgeous! And so was the price tag – a whopping $250. Yes, you read that correctly, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!!! So I decided that there’s gotta be something that I can do to recreate that!
I picked up one of those “teach yourself how to knit kit” things from one of the big box store, but I wasn’t successful at first. This lady at work saw I struggle, so she gave me a few tips, next thing you know, I was knitting a 16 stitch wide, garter stitch, fun fur skinny scarf! It was pastel pink, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend using fun fur to anyone who truly wants to learn how to knit!!!
I googled on how to cast off as well, and next thing you know, I was onto my next project. I googled patterns and came up with this really interesting rib pattern. I still remember it – multiple of 6, on one side, it’s knit 3, purl 3, and on the other side, it’s knit 1 purl 1. I remember working on it while home for Christmas. My grandmother is a huge knitter, so I got quite a few tips from her that Christmas. This is when I learned long tail cast on and also a way to make nice edging.
My grandmother is so good she makes up her own pattern! I don’t recall ever seeing her following a pattern at all! I still remember a sweater she made me. It was a fuzzy warm peachy sweater with this pearly threads in it. It was the fanciest thing I’ve ever owned, or so I felt at the time. I loved wearing it – sometimes I wish I still have it.
I haven’t put down the needles since. But I really advanced my skills when I found my local SnB group. I was googling something about knitting, and the SnB yahoo group showed up. I’ve been living in CT for a year by then, but I didn’t really know anyone around here but work people, so I decided to venture out and try out this group. I figured if I hated it, then I don’t have to go back. Well, needless to say, I didn’t hate it. I made some really good friends while going to the Wednesdays group, and about two years ago, I decided to switch to the Thursday group due to numerous reasons, and I’m glad I did, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have met my BBF – Best Bitches Forever.
As for crochet… Well, I saw a beautiful sweater pattern in Interweave Crochet Spring 2006 called Pink Frosting. I was in love, and determined to make it. I remember working on it on my Forth of July vacation. If you see closely, you can tell that the shoulder straps and the ruffles on the bottom were all crochet. I studied the charts, I googled the terms, and I youtube’d the crocheting techniques so I can follow along. I think I ripped out the first shoulder strap 5 times before finished the first one, and the second one was a breeze. I learned how to do single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, making a shell and reading a crochet chart all from this project. It was tough, but I didn’t give up, and now I have a beautiful sweater that I wear whenever I could.
Just as a side note, I know I’m way passed Little Lady’s 5 month birthday, but I got a video clip about it. Now if I can only figure out how to edit the clip on my new iMac and post it…