Starting out – KnitCroblo1

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’m a relatively new knitter, although, at some point, I think I’m going to have to stop saying that.  I think I keep saying that because I’m on Ravelry, so surrounded by knitters who’ve been knitting since before I was born.  I do NOT  feel at all like a new knitter any more, I think I shed that title very early on.  I started the summer of ’07 and had designs out by’08.   I don’t have any knitting relatives, though my mom crochets some very cute hats.  I learned after getting a Knit This! Legwarmers kit for Christmas.  The kit came with a fuzzy grey and purple acrylic yarn and a thin sparkly yarn to carry with it.  I didn’t actually ever use that kit, but that was my inspiration.  One of the first projects that I finished was a sweaterA Craving to Knit, from The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits, knit in TLC Amore.  I was new, so my purl stitches were twisted and my gauge was a bit tight.  The body was tight and small, but the sleeves were perfect.  So, it turned into an orangutan sweater that was given to my little sister, who wore it quite a bit.   I knit it mostly on vacation in Hawai’i.  Another of my really early projects was Binary from Knitty.  Actually, that was right at the very beginning of this blog – way back then, I calculated exactly what percentage one repeat was of the entire thing and how long it took me to knit that, and was keeping careful track of exactly how many hours it would take.  Good times!  I guess with a sweater and a colorwork scarf worked double under my belt so early on, I can’t justify saying that I don’t have the attention span for big projects!

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8 Responses to Starting out – KnitCroblo1

  1. Helen says:

    A sweater and colourwork as your first few projects is amazing – I’ve been knitting for several years – and only in the last month have I finished my first colourwork pattern. I’m impressed !!

  2. Rae says:

    I still feel like a new knitter when I see some of the gorgeous things on Ravelry these days. I still haven’t had the courage to delve into colorwork yet maybe someday soon.

  3. Whitnee says:

    Knitting in Hawaii sounds like the perfect vacation! And you are only as new to knitting as you feel!

  4. Alarid says:

    It’s nice to know I’m not alone in seeing myself as a new knitter!

  5. stephcuddles says:

    Hey there :) think we started knitting at the same time, 2007 ish :) can’t believe you started on a jumper and different colours. Now I really do feel like an amateur :)

  6. biomaj5 says:

    I too call myself a new knitter when on Ravelry or around advanced knitters, but I don’t feel like one anymore. Good for you for jumping into design so quickly! I want to design as well, but I’m not quite confident enough to yet. Nice post!

  7. rachel says:

    Don’t worry – I still call myself a new knitter after several years on the scene, too. I liked reading about not only your experience of learning to knit, but also your first forays into designing patterns.

    Thanks for visiting my blog… and ps, welcome to PEAR! :)

  8. Alicia says:

    It’s always nice to see someone else describe themselves as a ‘new’ knitter even after several years. I always feel like a noob. It’s inspiring to see that you got into design so early!

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