Monday, April 26, 2010
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?
Well I started crocheting when I was about 7 years old. My grandmother was getting ready for a trip and was crocheting up some little brightly colored tags for her luggage. Now I've seen her crochet before, but I wanted to try my own, so I can put a colorful tag on my backpack for school. She showed me how to make chains, and that's all I wanted to do for the longest.
Knitting is something I taught myself. My great-great grandmother knitted ALOT. As a child I'd go over her house and play with all the needles of various sizes and 'knit like GrammaJean' which to a 4 year old was take two needles, and spin the yarn like spaghetti.
When I was 16, I was searching around on the internet, and discovered amigurumi. I wanted to make something adorable and simple, so I picked Nimoe's cupcake tutorial It took about a month, but I made a cupcake for my grandma.
Now it's not perfect, but I made it, and she loves it! I then decided to make scarves, then I stopped, to properly pick up knitting. I was looking around and discovered knittinghelp.com, the next day I went to Joann's, bought some white and black yarn, and a 'Teach Yourself Knitting' kit, then sat in front of the computer for a few hours learning the English Method. I produced some wonky knit stitches with varying tension, but I wasn't going to give up, I kept going... then I decided to try Continental. I was much faster with Continental style, and my stitches looked nicer, but still wonky. I'd take my knitting to school to knit during my second period science class(as I was pretty much the TA). The teachers were impressed, the fellow students would say things like 'Why are you doing that, you can buy a scarf at -insert chain store here-' or 'only grandmothers knit!' But did that stop me? ...A little. I would knit in private at school, but after graduating, I didn't care anymore and stopped for a while.
Last year, I was trying to knit my younger sister a scarf as a Christmas present in mid-December when I re-connected with one of my cosplay buddies. Come to find out, she knits as well, so we met up at a bookstore to pump out our gifts for friends. Now when we're together, we'll be working on various projects, and teaching each other new things.