November 16th, 2006Scout posted this meme today and it looks like a lot of fun. 1. How and when did you learn how to knit/crochet? Who taught you? I have a strange learn-to-knit history. It took decades. I learned to crochet when I was about 8 and I took off with it. It was so right for me it felt like I was born with a hook in my hands. Emboldened, I decided to try knitting. The woman at the yarn store really didn't know her stuff. She taught me to do the purl stitch, which she called a knit stitch, and then told me to just do the reverse to purl. I wanted to make an afghan, which she said was a great idea, only she cut the size to about 16 X 30 because I was a kid. That's too small for a baby blanket and the project failed miserably. After that I all could do with knitting was garter stitch scarves (purl every row instead of knit every row). One day, maybe seven years ago now, I was working on one of these garter stitch scarves and so was Sharron. She only knew the knit stitch (I thought it was purl) so I asked her to show me. By combining her stitch with mine I found I could do stockinette and ribbing and all those things I'd heard of and didn't know how to execute. I was thrilled. I still had the names backwards but the fabric was working out. I did some online poking and found out which stich was which (I wanted to prove to Sharron that I was right and she was wrong and found out, no, I was wrong and she was right). I was addicted. I learned to cable. I made all sorts of things. I remember Bev over at All Crafts For Charity asking for socks for a month project (every month has its own focused project) and I told her I could never knit socks. I don't know what madness prompted me to try, but they're not as hard as I thought and now I love sock knitting. Sharron doesn't knit; she doesn't like it. She did one scarf for Jason because she wanted to give him something special and that's the only knit project I've ever seen her complete. So basically I learned to knit from two people who don't knit. 2. How has this craft impacted your life? (besides financially!) I feel like knitting is my purpose in life. It's how G-d works in my life. I can reach out and help keep people warm. I can put myself in my stitches and through that express my love for friends and family. 3. Pick at least one person to talk about who you have met through the knit-world and why you are thankful to have met them. Feel free to get all mushy. I don't know that I can pick one. There are a lot of people that I like that I met through knitting. I guess if I had to pick, even though I never met her in person, I'm thankful to have met Kat because her sense of humor gives me a lift every time she posts. I'm also grateful to have read the web page of a priest whose name I don't recall. He was collecting scarves for the homeless and he asked us to just knit up whatever we had left over, regardless of color. Just call it a Joseph scarf. It made me see that I could help people and it made me grateful for all that I had. This is how I started with charity knitting and it's been part of my life ever since.
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