Monday, December 8, 2008

Knitters History

I always grew up around knitting. My Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, myself, and my daughter (she's learning) all knit. That's five generations of knitters that are still alive all in one family. Not to mention I have an aunt who knits as well. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of laying in my grandmothers bed, a metal framed bed that was always clean and warm, and listening to her hum and watching her knit. And of my mother always having balls of yarn or half finished projects around the house. I knew what yarn and needles were before I was even out of diapers.

I've been knitting since...well birth. It all started out with my mother teaching me how to cast stitches onto a needle when I was five years old. I would fill my needle full of stitches and then take them all off and start over. A few years later I learned to make a knit stitch and thus I spent many years knitting long rectangles, due to not expressing too much of an interest in learning more yet. I had a long orange rectangle that I worked on for a few years, a row here and there, that I remember the most.

It wasn't until I was fourteen when my aunt Kimberly taught me how to make a purl stitch that I started to want to create things, but was too wrapped up with friends and school to dedicate the time. I got pregnant with my first daughter at fifteen and took a huge interest in learning to knit. I mean what else was I going to do with my time? Plus I wanted to be able to knit all kinds of cute things for my baby. So my grandmother took me under her wing and between her, my mother, and my aunt Kim I started the long and frustrating journey to knittershood. I remember being at home knitting and getting stuck on a pattern. I just couldn't wait for my grandmother to get home from work to help me, so I would call her and try to get her to explain it over the phone (An almost impossible task when it comes to this hands on craft.) I was hooked.

Over the years with the help of my family I've grown into a pretty well rounded knitter. I know all the basics and can knit pretty much any pattern. Not to say that I'm not still learning, because I am. This is one of those arts that you can never fully master. There is always something more to learn. Something that you can do better. Or even something new that you can invent and perfect.

So needless to say I love knitting and will be dumping all my kntty talk into this blog.

Right now I have a hankering for more coffee so I'll leave you with some photos of my most recent finished projects!


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