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 sweater – A 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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