As many of you are aware from reading my “Why I Do What I Do”, my maternal grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young. I started out on big wooden needles and a ball of yarn. I would knit a little every time I went to see her, never really making anything. She taught me the basics: how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and the hardest of all – fixing your mistakes.
It wasn’t until I was older and settling down with my own family that I took up knitting as a hobby of my own. I wanted to make some things for my home and babies. It was then that I had my mom’s help and that of a couple of books. I still have my first book (see photo). I think it was then that I began to appreciate what my grandmother had been doing all those years. The more I knit, the more I wanted to learn. Knitting is addictive! But, a good addiction.
My 1st real project was a sweater for my husband. I purchased really nice gold wool yarn. It took forever to make and I was so pleased (and proud) with how well it turned out. He loved it – wore it – washed it – and, yes – dried it – in the dryer! I never made him another item from wool (or anyone else), because he is a slow learner and still continues to try to “help” me with the wash. That was 39 years ago. So that is why I use the dreaded acrylic yarn and cotton.
When I was about 12 -14 years old my paternal grandmother taught me crocheting. We made granny square after granny square. We used all her leftover stash in so many fun colors. The making of all the squares was fun. It was the putting them together that was a pain. I no longer make granny squares, but I am grateful my grandmother got me grounded in crocheting. I have made so many afghans over the years I’ve lost count. From there I went on to perfect that skill and have made endless items from all weights of thread and yarn.
I am so grateful to those wonderful women whose talents and patience inspired me to keep the arts alive. I wish they were with me now to see all I have accomplished because of them. My hope is someday one of my daughters or granddaughters will enjoy knitting and crocheting as much as I do and keep the craft going for generations to come.