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Giveaway! Oferta! July 31, 2009

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I don’t have an exact day but somewhere in the middle of last year’s July, closer to the end, I learned how to knit 🙂 In the end of July I knitted my first project (a glove). I can say that the truth is that I really wanted to learn how to crochet, I saw some beautiful stuff made in crochet and I asked my mom to teach me, I crochet for some days, but I didn’t see anything really done just something useless. My mom told me that I could learn how to knit, it was easier to see results. After a few hours of knitting (and many dropped stitches) I saw something done it was just a square but it was more than I had done with days of crochet. Conserning crochet I know the basic stitches and etc but I’m not very handy with the crochet hook and the yarn holding, I’m actually better of it since I made a couple of things lately in crochet but it’s still nothing like my joy for my knitted things 🙂. Não tenho um dia preciso mas algures durante o mês de Julho do ano passado, mais perto do final, aprendi a tricotar 🙂 No final do mês de Julho fiz o meu primeiro projecto de tricot (uma luva). Posso dizer que aquilo que na verdade queria aprender era crochet, vi umas coisas lindas feitas em crochet e pedi à minha mãe para ensinar, treinei alguns dias, só que nunca via nada concretamente feito, só qualquer coisa sem qualquer função para mim. A minha mãe disse que eu podia aprender tricot pois via resultados mais depressa. E nas primeiras horas a tricotar (deixando também alguns pontos para trás) vi alguma coisa feita, era apenas um quadrado mas foi mais do que fiz naqueles dias a aprender crochet. Em relação ao crochet sei os pontos básicos e etc mas não tenho muito jeito a agarrar a lã e a agulha de crochet, na verdade estou melhor em crochet porque fiz umas coisas ultimamente mas ainda não as vejo como vejo aquilo que tricoto 🙂
After this whole story, what really matters is that I decided to celebrate offering something to my blog visitors 🙂 The projects posted it’s a small selection of things I’ve knitted, I decided to show things that were completely done. Depois de toda esta história, o que interessa é que decidi comemorar oferecendo algo aos visitantes do meu blog 🙂 Os projectos que foram apresentados foi apenas uma pequena selecção de coisas que tricotei, decidi só mostrar as coisas que estavam completamente acabadas.
Here’s what I’ve for you: 100gr of tricots brancal’s andrea (53% cotton, 47% acrylic) and 5 stitch markers, they were made by me, I’m not exactly experienced in jewelry (so there are defects) but I hope you enjoy them anyway, they were made with care. Aqui está o que tenho para vocês: 100gr de Andrea da Tricots Brancal (53% algodão, 47% acrílico) e 5 marcadores de pontos, foram feitos por me, não sou exactamente experiente em joalharia (logo existem defeitos) mas espero que gostem deles de qualquer forma, foram feitos com carinho.
To participate all you’ve to do is to tell the short (or big) version of how did you start knitting. I’ll accept entries until 7th August at 12:00 UTC+1. In the 9th I’ll announce the winner 🙂 I’ll contact the person by e-mail so please give me a valid e-mail when commenting (it’s not necessary to write your e-mail in the actual comment, just in the form). Para participar basta comentar e contar a pequena (ou grande) versão de como começaram a tricotar. Irei aceitar entradas até dia 7 de Agosto às 12:00 UTC+1. Dia 9 anuncio o vencedor 🙂 Irei contactar a pessoa por e-mail por isso dêem um e-mail válido ao fazer o comentário (não é necessário escrever no próprio comentário o e-mail, só no formulário). This offer it’s available for everyone! Esta oferta está disponível para todos!
Have fun! Divirtam-se!



1. Megan - July 31, 2009

Your completed projects look great. I love the colors you chose. The razor cami looks great on you!

My mom was also my inspiration for learning to knit. She loves to crochet and is very, very fast. But when she was in high school she was in a play where she had to play an old lady. So she thought she would knit to make it more “authentic”. She basically figured out what she thought knitting must be based on what she knew about crochet. Many years later when I said I wanted to learn to knit she taught me that method. It started with what turned out to be a backwards loop cast on and then a form of continental/english knitting. Continental because you hold the yarn in your left hand (remember she was a crocheter) and English because you kind of held the left needle straight up between your legs and knit off of it by wrapping the yarn around (not picking or grabbing it). Eventually I had to correct this method if I wanted to be able to move on to circular needles and not only be able to use straights and it was hard to get over the crutch of leaning one of the needles against myself. I honestly almost quit completely in frustration. But with the help of knittinghelp.com I was able to get the hang of continental and I am so glad I originally learned from my mom to hold the yarn in my left hand because now I am a continental knitter. Most of the women in my local knitting group knit English and would love to learn continental but just can’t get the hang of it. So I am glad that I struggled through it and now it just feels perfectly natural. Thanks Mom!

2. Maria joão - August 1, 2009


Eu aprendi a fazer tricô através da minha madrinha e da minha prima Anita ( que tu tb conheces ) eu via elas fazerem e comecei a tentar fazer mas era um pouquinho dificil,lembro-me de por as malhas na agulha e dizer que ia fazer um caschecol serto é que terminei nesse dia um cachecol talvez para a barbie pois as malhas sumiram da agulha ,não desisti tentei tentei e depois de algum tempo lá consegui fazer o tal cachecol, uns tempos mais tarde consegui fazer uma camisola para mim em vermelho nunca mais me esqueci da cor .

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4. eddye - August 4, 2009

hi, I do not see any flaws in your jewrly looks great. I just started to knit in November, I learn to crochet when I was about 12 years old. I did all the table scraves in a beginner book. Put it away for several years, took up sewing garments, started quilting, and then a male co=worker told me about a yarn store just opening in town, went in and sign up for a class and since I am hook. I have done socks, toddler sweater, hats, and now I am learning 2 socks on 2 circular and 2 socks magic looping. I guess you can say I am hooked. Eddye

5. Josie - August 4, 2009

I love the stitch markers! such vibrant colors! and, the Razor cami is fantabulous!
I learnt knitting because I was bored and wanted to learn something crafty. I’ve always been a crafty person.. I have done embroidery, tapestry and tatting before I decided to learn knitting. I was inspired by a few online knitting blogs and found a knitting instructor in my area to teach me knitting. I just learnt long tail cast on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Quit the class soon after the purl lessons and learnt on my own through videos in youtube ad knittinghelp.com I’ve come a long way from where I started and I am glad I stuck with knitting as a hobby. I also learnt Crochet along the way after seeing a few lovely crocheted items.

I wish you all the best with knitting and hope you have many more knit-versaries and wish that you never run out of yarn! 🙂


6. Jess - August 4, 2009

Hi Cath 🙂
I first learnt to knit as a child of maybe 7 years old, or there abouts.
I used to sit at my mum’s feet and watch her knit and I still remember feeling absolutely amazed at the way she could turn a ball of yarn into such wondrous creations 🙂
I knitted on and off for a few years but it wasnt until a week after my 17th birthday that I decided to actually try knitting again as I found a pattern that I fell in love with and wanted to feel the accomplishment of having created it my self.
Since having my kids I dont have as much time but I definitely have a good reason now! lol
I also tried crocheting and actually achieved a small blanket for my son but its not really for me as I can be quite impatient 🙂
I agree with the above poster as I also cant see any problems with your stitch markers I think they are wonderful 🙂 And I absolutely love the colour of the yarn! I just adore purple and that has to be as close to my favourtie shade as I have ever seen.

7. TipsyFox - August 4, 2009

My Nana taught me how to knit about 4 years ago when I was 15, as a way for me to try to clear my head, and sort of escape from the stresses of my teenage life, and to still feel like I had actually accomplished something and have something to show for it. In the first 3 years of knitting, I knitted 2 scarves, and thats it… While it was very calming, I also was easily frustrated, and had no money for nice supplies… or even cheap ones.

I picked it back up just a few weeks ago (I feel like I am having to relearn everything by trying to re-teach myself…),since my first child is due in the beginning of October, and I have been feeling rather useless without a job. Knitting has become not only a wonderful form of entertainment for me, but also lets me feel like I am contributing something to the well being of my family. In just the last 2-3 weeks, I have knitted 2 baby ear-flap hats w/ cute kitty/fox/wolf ears on them, 1 regular baby cap, 1 pair of thumbless infant mittens, 1 pair of baby booties, 1 ugly lamb plushie (I’m planning to make another one that hopefully won’t be so ugly lol), and 1 baby sized stocking cap that looks like a fish is chewing on the top of your head.

By the way, your stitch markers are beautiful, and so is the yarn you are giving. I just love deep purples ❤ Whoever wins this will be very lucky!

8. Jodi Utter - August 4, 2009

hi…last year I discovered knitting while sitting in Boston Children’s for days on end with my seven year old daughter. The amazing nurses and nutritionists helped me through this very difficult time by teaching me to knit. It was very therapeutic, keeping my hands and my mind busy. I was so blessed by their kindness and the steady flow of patterns, yarn and encouragement that they gave to me. I’ve continued to knit and discover this world of wonderful people, joined together through the art of creating beautiful things!

9. Laura (Laurita on Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

Hi! I love the things you have made, they look great!!

I learned to knit when I was 11 or so. I was about to have my first period, and my grandmother and one of my eldest aunts decided it was time to make “a worthwhile woman” of me so I could be a good wife in the future. So they taught me everything a good wife should know: how to knit, crochet, sew, embroider… So you can imagine I made a lot of doll-sized scarves!!

Oh, and I love your markers!!

10. Laura (larndt on Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

I first started to knit when I was about 12. I worked all winter on a hunter orange scarf. I didn’t get done. I didn’t touch needles again until I was 30. I re-learned from books/internet and have been happily knitting for several years now.

11. Janet Martin - August 4, 2009

What lovely progress you have made in a year! And the markers are adorable.

I started knittting when it snowed in West Palm Beach, FL, in the middle 70s. My kids had literally no cold weather clothing, and there was not a sweater or jacket to be had anywhere. My first project was a poncho for my daughter who was 6 or 7 at the time–I selected a pattern that had a second color for a decorative border, bought the yarn and needles, then knocked on my neighbor’s door for help. I had crocheted previously, and she was a continental knitter so everything clicked quickly–took me 2 days to finish the thing, and although the tension on the first panel was pretty tight, it looked ok.

12. Renee - August 4, 2009

I started knitting about 6 years ago–I’m 42. I have been a crocheter since childhood, but had only made baby garments and blankets–nothing too sophisticated or wearable by an adult. I bought a Lion Brand Scarf kit and (after some pretty bad samples and some help from a couple of friends) the rest is history. I much prefer knitting these days, though I won’t get rid of my crochet hooks!

13. Linda - August 4, 2009

I am naturally left handed but when I started school over 50 yrs ago ( in Scotland ) I was made to write etc with my r hand. Attempts at knitting were sad affairs as I just could not maintain tension holding the yarn in my r hand,… move forward 20 yrs or so,… I am shopping in the village where I lived at the time, sudden heavy downpour has me dashing into a shop doorway for shelter. It was a Phildar wool shop.
The display from floor to ceiling of marvellous yarns and wonderful colours totally bewitched and enchanted me.
I left with a carrier bag bulging with yarn, needles and pattern book.
For the next few days I spent many hours in tears of frustration trying to knit when suddenly I had a ‘doh ‘ moment……I tried holding the yarn in my left hand. and lo and behold I could knit !!
…the rest is history,….I’ve done fair isle, aran, colourwork etc the only thng I havn’t really tackled is lace.
I have since discovered that this is called the continental method .
How I miss good LYS to inspire with the display of many lovely yarns.
Love the colour of your yarn and your stitchmarkers are very cute 1

14. Donna - August 4, 2009

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! That’s fantastic.

I learned to knit about 7 or so years ago. We were in NC, and I “indulged” my husband who is a knitter by tagging along to a knitting store with him. I was overwhelmed with delight at all the pretty yarn and decided then and there that he had to teach me to knit. We picked out yarn and needles for me, and the rest is, as they say, history. My husband taught me to knit. I bet there are not all that many women out there who can say the same.

It is great having a spouse who shares my passion for knitting. The only down side is there is nobody there to rein me in when I just can’t resist a particular yarn at the LYS!

15. Chris - August 4, 2009

I learned to kint traveling from Ohio to South Carolina by car. I sat in the back seat and my mom was in the front passenger seat. If I had a problem I would pass it up to mom for her to figure out my mistake. I never did finish that project. But I was hooked. I also crochet, tat, and stitch.

16. cecilia david - August 4, 2009

I started in Girl Scouts when I was about 9 years old. I knitted off and on through the next 20 years but then got interested and took a “refresher” course. I have not looked back and cannot imagine what I did with my time. I have to say that I still have techniques I want to conquer and will. Congrads on your first year. It is fun and you meet so many people when you knit in public. cecilia

17. Niklas - August 4, 2009

I just started! GF knits all the time so I decided to learn for the fun of it. I’m on my 3rd project (1st hat, 2nd socks and now gloves). Next project will again be something totally new. Keepting to simple patterns and fancy yarns. BTW – I like your stitch markers, very nice!

18. Veronica - August 4, 2009

I taught myself how to knit using the “Stitch n Bitch ” book when I was home recovering from surgery last February. I’m totally addicted now! And your stitch markers look great!

19. Tracy - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit 6 months ago from a wonderful group of women. I’ve always liked artsy things and I got it in my head that I wanted to learn to knit… toys specifically. I went on meetup.com and sure enough, there was a local knitting circle. I kept an eye on it for awhile and one day noticed that they were having a learn to knit night! I went with a friend and had fun! There were lots of new people there that evening but my friend and I are the only ones who have continued to go to the meetups on a regular basis. I love my Wednesday evenings! : )

20. kimberly - August 4, 2009

Wow, I’m impressed by what you’ve accomplished in a year. Congratulations.

I learned to knit in late middle school/early high school from my cousin. She taught me on pencils and with some scrap craft yarn. 🙂 After learning the basic knitting and purling stitches, I bought some needles and a skein of rainbow-colored yarn and made a scarf from a Martha Stewart magazine. A few years passed with knitting on and off, I began to knit seriously again this year. I picked up some magazines and watched some YouTube videos and learned how to knit in the round, cable, and some different ways to increase and decrease. After a sweater and some lace shawls, I’m excited for fall/winter so that I can wear them.

21. Karen Jelenfy - August 4, 2009

My teenaged daughter (16) taught me to knit! Now a great joy is to trade secrets and ideas and knit together. I’m very happy to see a teen blogging about my favorite obsession!

22. Darja - August 4, 2009

Hi, very nice markers 😀 I allways make mine with just plain yarn. Deffinitely must try your version.

I started knitting when I was 10 (thats 25 years ago, ssshhhh). My mother thought me how. And my first big project was a side-to-side knit sweater in rose and violet, with different thick stripes. I can still see it in my mind. And it was displayes at my comunity exhibition, and with 11 years I was the youngest there.

Now I’m addicted to needles (knitting and embroidery, of course) and hooks.

23. Danielle - August 4, 2009

Love the colours of the stitch marker – my first bedroom away from home was done in those colours.
I learned to knit because in high school I got a job in the notions department of a big store and after advising clients on what yarn to buy and use for various projects (I just copied what the older salespeople said), I decided I’d better learn to knit too.

24. Pengiknits - August 4, 2009

I started knitting after watching a good friend of mine knit all the time. I actually just started about 3 weeks ago and I love it. I am so excited to watch my stash grow slowly but surely like a little turtle. I have only completed 2 wash cloths so far but they have been great fun. I think your markers look beautiful! I love the purple and yellow together!

25. Annie - August 4, 2009

I don’t remember learning how to knit. It seems like I have known since I was a child. A few years ago I picked it up again and made about 30 stockinette stitch scarves and quit again. I have three goals in life:
1) Go to auctioner school
2) Live within walking distance of a Starbucks
3) Knit a fair isle sweater.
Early last year we reconnected with an old friend when my husband was selling a bicycle online. This friend had remarried and suggested the four of us go to dinner. His wife turned out to be an expert knitter who was very generous with her time. She taught me how to read patterns and I have since made over 20 fair isle sweaters, hats, etc. She has become one of my best friends and I can’t believe how much she has enriched my life. I went from being 47 with NO hobbies to being consumed by one!

26. Knittingdancer (Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

I love the colors of the yarn and stitch markers. Our local college colors are purple and gold. I learned to knit when I was about 10 years old. My mother bought my 2 sisters and myself sets of knitting needles and taught us how to knit. I never made anything then. In October 2007, my older sister and I took a knitted felted purse class and we have been knitting ever since. We belong to a knitting and crocheting group that meets every Saturday morning at the public library. We also belong to the local knitting guild. We have knitted several items for charity and also many gifts. I have made a few things for myself.
Knittingdancer on Ravelry

27. Jolene - August 4, 2009

Congrats on your Knit-anniversary!

I first learned to knit before school age from my mom and grandma… My mother is an amazing crafter and artist with amazing patience! It didn’t seem to matter what she was doing (knitting, crochet, quilting, cross stitch, painting) if I expressed interest she would try and teach me. I started with afghan blocks/squares, knit pouches, and quickly progressed to mittens and cables – the love affair still hasn’t ended more than 20 years later!

wishing you many, many more years of playing with yarn and loving it!

28. Lynn - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit in December-January of the year I was turning 40. Right around Christmas there had been a big article in the local newspaper about the “new” knitting fad and the first Stitch And Bitch book. Just the title of the book made we want to learn to knit so I set a personal goal of learning before I turned 40 in the upcoming March. I went and bought some yarn and some crazy 14″ straight metal needles and checked out the book from the library. It didn’t take long before I was ready to stick the needles in my eyes! I put it away for a little bit and came back to it after the holidays. Thanks to the encouragement of some wonderful longterm online friends, knittinghelp.com and a delphi forum, I was finally able to learn! My first project was a doll blanket made from the grandma’s favorite washcloth pattern and my second project was a pair of socks finished a couple of weeks before my 40th birthday. I haven’t put down the needles since!

29. Leah - August 4, 2009

Congratulations on the knitaversary! those stitch markers are lovely! Hrm how did I start knitting? Well I actually come from a long line of knitting women. All the women in my family knit, and we all learned at a young age. I started when I was 7, my mom taught me. It was just one of those skills I had to learn. I stopped knitting when I became a teenager and in university decided I may like to try again, but my tension was just awful. One christmas when I had phenomnia my mom taught me how to crochet, so I made some simple squares and a simple afghan. I made a bunch of baby blankets and really never did much else until about a year ago. After getting out of a rather nasty relationship I discovered I’d lost myself and needed to rediscover who I was and what I enjoyed doing. One day I was out and discovered some lovely soft wool and remembered how I used to love to crochet. Well the yarn wasn’t very crochet friendly, so I picked up my knitting needles and that was it, I was hooked again. I can now say that after 20 years of knitting off and on my tension is perfect! I started my knitting revival with a simple scarf, and then a simple hat with a coloured stripe. I moved on to socks and then to some beautiful lace. Knitting has become a really healing thing for me. It has and still helps me to find my way back from a really dark place and I am so happy that I’m still doing it.

30. Caleb - August 4, 2009

In my free time I like to crochet of course and knit and I like to spend time with my friends and family.My Grandma Marcia taught me how to crochet when I was 5 years old. I ended up forgetting how to crochet but in about October of ’08 almost 10 years later something just sparked inside of me and I decided to start crocheting again. It quickly became my new hobby that I enjoy doing very much. Ever since I have just been crocheting all the time. I find it to be a type of therapy, it has a soothing aspect about it that I just can’t figure out. But heck who cares it is just plain fun!I also taught myself how to knit! It wasn’t easy!!! Later I wasn’t quite feeling like I had a purpose in life at that moment. So I decided to crochet hats and scarves for the homeless and needy. I made about 50 hats and 50 scarves in about one month by myself. After that I felt that all was right in the world just because I knew that there were people that got something for Christmas that they could cherish for a long time.

31. Beth - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit as a young girl, probably 7 yo, but really was never interested. I relearned three years ago when I was struggling recover from drug addiction. I’ve been clean since that time and have knitted my way through countless scarves, socks, hats and sweaters. Yarn is now my drug of choice.

32. Zyle - August 4, 2009

Congratulations on your first “Knitiversary!”

I first learnt to knit just under two years ago following an operation – I was staying with my mum and dad for a couple of weeks following it since my boyfriend had to work, and I asked my mum if she would teach me, to keep my mind off the pain and the fact that I wasn’t feeling up to getting out of bed! Once I started, I couldn’t stop! Of course, being extremely subborn I tried complicated little baby booties for my very first project! Well, I fumbled through a few rows (and I only got that far because I kept handing it to mum in a panic with dropped stitches all over the place…) before realising it was a little beyond me, and started on a garter stitch blanket for my cat instead 😉

33. Jesse - August 4, 2009

All your finished objects look great! Much better than most of what I did my first year. I learned the knit stitch when I was eight, but all I did was the occasional rectangle just to entertain myself. But in October of 2006, a family friend taught me to knit Continental style, to purl, and all sorts of little tricks. I haven’t stopped since; I’ve finally found my niche in the world. When I was younger, I did all sorts of grand and lofty crafty experiments, all of which ended in disaster because I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. Knitting is something I can do, and it led the way to many other things I can do; crochet, spinning, weaving, etc.

34. Linda - August 4, 2009

What cute stitch markers! And your projects all look great.
I first learned knitting as a child because it was simply what was done, but I picked it back up as an adult in order to have something to do while waiting around in airports…Now it is a mild addiction…

35. GerryH - August 4, 2009

Isn’t blogging and knitting the best way to spend some quality time?
Back in the 1950s when I was in high school the fad was to knit socks for your boyfriend so that what all my friends were doing. Not to be left out I was taught by these friends and have spent many happy hours knitting in the years since.
I’ve just gotten back into knitting and since a year ago March I began knitting sox and have knit more than two dozen pair. I use one 40″ circular needle and knit my sox two-at-a-time.

36. Amanda - August 4, 2009

I taught myself how to knit over christmas break from College. My room mate knitted each night and I loved the sound of her needles as I fell asleep so I just HAD to learn.

Best thing I ever did for myself! I taught myself from a book!

37. Jennifer - August 4, 2009

All of your knits are lovely!

My sister had learnt how to knit in 5th grade from her teacher. She taught it to me and I really liked it. We both forgot about it for awhile, but I picked it up again last year, and I’m still doing it!

38. Lopsy Li - August 4, 2009

I got onto Ravelry and suddenly found myself having knit-envy! My dad taught me to crochet when I was little, and I have crocheted on and off since, but I decided after a week or two on Ravelry that I had to TRY knitting.

So I joined a group, struggled through a scarf, and found that by the end, I actually enjoyed it! Now I actually look forward to knitting a little bit more than to crochet… But then again, my current crochet projects are fairly big, lol.

39. Gretchen - August 4, 2009

I was at college one snowy night and was working on a quilt. We lost power at some point, and people were going off campus to places with heat. My friend and I stayed on campus and were working by candle light, me quilting, her knitting. It got too dark for my quilting, so we decided I should learn how to knit. That night she taught me how to cast on, knit, and purl, all by candle light. The rest is history. Everything else I know I’ve taught myself.

40. Tobey - August 4, 2009

I also love your projects. Purple yarn and matching stitch markers are a great give-away.

Crochet has been a part of my life ever since I could remember, but I always wanted to learn to knit and tried several times. It never “took” but after joining a Ravelry group that meets locally, the kind ladies showed me the basics and off I went. This time it took!

That was a little over a year ago, and my first project was “Fuzzy Feet” felted slippers. Everyone on my family received a pair for Christmas.

41. Rena Degutis - August 4, 2009

I started knitting about a year and a half ago, I work at a small insurance company, since times are hard my boss decided to share our office space with another agent. The other agents staff person is his daughter, one day his daughter announced she was going to learn to knit, I had learned the basics of knitting before then, but found it too hard. So after watching her struggle with being a new knitter, I just couldn’t help but want to grab it out of her hands and do it myself. I was getting itcy fingers! So after about a week of watching her, I announced, I think I”m going to knit too! I could feel the glare from her eyes on my back, I am so bad for wanting to do everyone’s craft, so now almost two years later, I’ve made a couple sweaters, many dishrags, mittens, hats, scarves, two pair of socks, garments for my Yorkie’s, I’m so glad my office mate got me back into the world of knitting that I’m obsessed with now. (even though I don’t think that was her intention!) Her and I now share our ups and downs of knitting and learn from each other.

42. Kallie (KallieKY on Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit from my Great Aunt Mina in the 60’s. I made my Barbies some awesome fall knits! I’ve knit here and there always since then but got more serious about it in the 80’s … boy! those big 80’s styled sweaters sure took a lot of yarn!

I still have the bakelite needles that I learned on. They are just for looks now as I’ve learned that pointier points work better 😉

43. Marsha - August 4, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! on your first year of knitting. Your finished objects are beautiful. You have learned many skills which will take you a long way down the knitting trail.

I learned how to crochet at age 8 and loved it even then but I always wanted to learn to knit. Alas no one would teach me even in a class in scholl no one would teach. So I got really angry and frustrated and watched them as if stalking. 🙂 Then I found an old book with some very vague instructions, mind you this was in the mid 70’s and not a lot was circulating where I lived about knitting. So I practiced and practiced and I learned with every stitch I made and ripped back out I learned.

I’m not an expert but I have come a long way from those knitting and ripping days for sure. I was away from it for several years but I came back. I found I had missed so many things, new techniques, new fibers…so much. I guess now I am trying to make up for all I missed. And loving every minute of it.

Thank you for sharing your knittiversary and I wish you many, many more. The giveaway is a wonderful and thoughtful act, the yarn and markers a lovely.

44. Rebekah E - August 4, 2009

My mom taught me to knit when I was about fifteen, her mother taught her, and I have taught my daughter who is now 10. Unfortunately, my daughter gets bored with it and doesn’t want to continue to learn. Maybe after a while she will want to pick it up again. I wanted to learn how to knit so I would have something in common with my mom. I was always a daddy’s girls and just wanted to hang out with mom. Thank goodness it worked and my mom and I got closer. Thank you for sharing your knittiversary and hope you have many more. Isn’t such a great feeling when you make something with your own hands.

45. woollielover (Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

Hi There

well nothing worse than a sick 5 yr old saying i’m bored to a mother. so mum got out the needles cast on for me and drove herself nuts trying to teach me. my father came home for lunch 30 minute break for him and got me on the straigh and narrow. it took him 5 minutes where mum had spent a couple of hours. i come from a very long line of knitters on both sides of the family, males and females. so 30 + yrs on and i’m still going strong. thanks dad. 🙂

46. Courtney - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit to quit smoking. I would sit and knit any time that I felt like I wanted a cigarette. There were times when I thought I was going to go crazy from the urge to smoke but feeling the yarn between my fingers and watching to glow of the needles took just enough of the edge off to get through it. It’s been almost three years and I’m still smoke free.

47. Paula (PaulaSstitches on Ravelry) - August 4, 2009

Your projects look great — and I love the colors of the yarn and stitchmarkers you are giving away.

How did I learn to knit? It’s a round-about story. When I was 4 or 5, my babysitter taught me to crochet chains and then I learned granny squares. Later on, I wanted to do crochet as a 4-H project, but my mother only knew how to knit (and didn’t do much knitting, at that) and I didn’t know anyone else who could help me with crocheting, so I took knitting as a 4-H project and made a pair of wristlets for my grandmother — but continued to be more interested in crocheting. In college, along with a number of the other girls in my freshman dorm, I made an Icelandic sweater, but didn’t do much more knitting. I continued to crochet off and on, mainly lacy things like doilies, through college, law school, and later, as my career would permit. About 5 years ago, when my sisters started presenting me with nieces and nephews (and I discovered a yarn/knitting store in a nearby town), I decided I would take up knitting again so that I could make things for my nieces and nephews. So, I took a couple of classes at the knitting store and was caught by the knitting bug. The rest is history. While I continue to crochet doilies and other lacy things (like receiving blankets edged in crochet lace) from time to time, I spend much more of my free time knitting. I’ve knitted hats, socks, scarves, sweaters, shawls, baby blankets and booties, etc. I have a number of works in project at the moment (including 3 pairs of socks, 3 shawls (2 of which are lace shawls) and have accumulated yarn for more projects waiting for me.

48. April - August 4, 2009

I decided I wanted to learn to knit last November. So I bought a skein of yarn and some needles from Walmart and went to youtube to search on “how to knit”

And the rest as they say is history. I’m really really loving this new hobby.

49. Karen - August 4, 2009

I was taught by my good friend Donna, who was thrilled to have addicted another knitter. Sadly she passed away a few years ago; I still have the knitting needles she lent me.

50. arly - August 4, 2009

60 years ago, when I was 10 years ago, I found a leaflet on how to knit. Those days most everything you purchased was wrapped and tied with string which we saved by rolling all string up into a ball for future use. Voila, i had my yarn. No needles to be found but I did have a game called “pick up sticks”. These little sticks that you tried to pick up without moving became my knitting needles. After much trial and error, I made my doll a scarf. I thought it was beautiful. My grandmother said it was a waste of “good” string. Oh well, years later when I picked up knitting again , it only took me about 5 minutes to be proficient in knit and purl.

51. Kelly - August 4, 2009

I crocheted for many years. I learned to knit because of a baby blanket I wanted to make for my neice after i made that the sock bug bit me and I took a class to learn how to make socks. I must say I love to knit.

52. patsy coats - August 4, 2009

I taught myself to knit from a book when I was a child.

53. voiceofmanycolours - August 4, 2009

My mom taught me to crochet when I was a wee little one who annoyed her constantly while she was trying to sew. I’ve always crocheted – and NEVER been any good at it. I used to play with two crochet hooks and try to figure out how to make them knit… (it never worked).

So once when I was about 14 or so, my brother and his then-girlfriend came to visit. Katie and I discovered that we had both had this long-time urge to knit but had never learned. So we set out to the craft store, picked up some needles and yarn and came back to the good ole internet. At the time, it was still young and there were not a lot of great tutorials out there, but we found some poor quality videos and figured it out. The result? An odd-looking rectangular piece of garter stitch that had one random hole near the bottom. So we tied it to my stuffed sheep Milton, and the hole near the bottom fit his little tail perfectly. Since then, I have made myself and my husband clothes, but when I get sad or lonely, I whip out the acrylic and knit outfits for my husband’s stuffed animals (I don’t need kids as long as I’ve got him). Big Bear is currently sporting a stylish knit bow-tie as he needed a summer break from his heavy sweaters. Milton is still wearing his original cape.

54. Janice - August 4, 2009

I started knitting when I was real young, about age 10 just a potholder. I didn’t really get back to knitting until 3 years ago. A friend of mine at work was learning how to knit so she taught me on how to cast on (which wasn’t easy for me). After that I started knitting. I made my mom a shell (after 14 tries). I have now caught the knitting bug. My biggest challenge was knitting a baby blanket for my BFF. I’ve never did seed stitches before and then I blocked it. That was an experience in itself. I really enjoy knitting then seeing the final project, makes me feel kind of proud of myself. P.S. I also did a twisted scarf and I that doesn’t drive you crazy nothing will.

55. Susan Knight - August 4, 2009

WOW! First off, thanks for this opportunity to win those pretty markers and yarn. Purple is my favorite color. Especially dark purple.

My dear mom taught me to knit about 5 years ago, just before she got sick with Alzhiemers Desease. I am so thankful that she taught me when she did because if we would’ve waited any longer she’d have been too sick to teach me and I would have never learned how.

Even though she is too sick to knit herself now, I think it brings her comfort when I wrap a nice warm, soft shawl around her, or put some pretty pink slippers on her feet that I knit just for her, I know it brings me comfort to see the smile on her face.

My mother taught me the basics and the rest I learned from books and online. I’m always finding some new thing to learn, some new techneque or stitch and I dont think I’ll ever be completely done learning to knit.

56. fairyknits - August 4, 2009

I learned to knit and crochet from my grandma when I was very young. I didn’t really want to learn but she kept telling me that one day it would be useful. When she found out that I was going to be teaching a knitting class a few years ago, she said “didn’t I always tell you it would come in handy?” She waited forty years to be able to say that. Your stitch markers look lovely, very bright and cheery

57. Maureen Meany - August 4, 2009

I must have learned as a Girl Scout, because when I took it up again in my 30’s at a LYS, I was “throwing” and they taught me Continental style… I knitted for a year or two, lost interest and then took it up again about two years ago (now in my 60’s) and now have a stash that is outgrowing my closet!! I knit slow and make mistakes, but keep on knitting, just enjoy the process… will learn how to fix the mistakes when I get to the end–i enjoy everything about it, from learning about the people who have sheep/alpaca-etc farms, to people who spin, to people who have made a business out of selling their yarn–the entire process fascinates me… And it is a very friendly business as I see it.

58. Brenda Zeiger - August 4, 2009

My grandmother taugh me how to crochet when I was about 5 years old. But I never could get the hang of knitting, so about 5 years ago, a lady in the small town where I live taught a class. I looked it up on the inter net. I found a tip a day knitting instruction and did that so i wouldn’t be totally lost in class. It came very easy after that. The most important thing for me was continental knitting. I just can’t give up my tension control!! However, I did mostly just hats, scarves and blankets until about 1 1/2 years ago when a friend started a weekly knitting group and I found Ravelry! Now I make socks and sweaters and many other things!!!

59. Tiffany - August 4, 2009

Congrats on 1 year. My story is kinda funny. Last thanksgiving(I haven’t made it to a year of knitting) my friends and I went to this black friday market thing that had a lot of crafty stuff and there was a booth for Peruvian Knits. My friends went crazy over that stuff. I was gonna buy them some scarves for xmas but they were about $20 a piece and I knew nothing about knitting at the time and I thought that was a ridiculus amount to pay for a scarf (I know better now). Anyways I was a broke college student and I just couldnt figure out what to get my friends for xmas that I could afford. and then it hit me that I should hand make them scarves. I saw them go crazy over them at the market and when we went to Chile most of the stuff people brough home were hand knit items. So I bought a skein of yarn and went on the internet, found some videos and taught myself to knit. My two closet friends each got a scarf(I only had a month). This Xmas everyone will be getting something handknit by me!!

60. Julie - August 4, 2009

Hi Cath! Your finished projects look awesome!!
I learned how to knit in 7th grade riding to school on the bus. The girl sitting next to me was knitting, and she taught me to the basic knit stitch. My mom got me some yarn and needles (back when Kmart sold them, I think), and the next day, my new friend cast on for me. I knit, and knit, and knit, but never made anything. I didn’t even know how to bind off! Finally, I put the knitting away because my aunt taught me how to crochet and I didn’t know anyone else to help me with my knitting.
About 4 1/2 years ago, I moved from MI to NC for a teaching position. The head of my department was a knitter, and one day during lunch, I walked in on her knitting. She immediately taught me and the following week introduced me to the concept of a LYS. I’ve been hooked ever since.

61. Carmella - August 5, 2009

Congratulations on your knitting anniversary!

The summer before I got married, I begged my stepmom to teach me to knit. When I finally got her to agree, I only had a weekend to learn. I spent the entire weekend knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing. I can’t believe she had the patience to put up with me and my many mistakes. A few weeks later my stepmom, my sister, and I went on a road trip from Elkhart, Indiana to Savannah, Georgia. Again, I spent the entire time knitting. She was such a wonderful patient woman whom I miss very much. Everytime I knit, it’s a tribute to her.

62. Windy City Momma - August 5, 2009

I can’t remember when I started knitting. My mother claims that I was born loving yarn and textiles and was always playing with string or yarn or fabric. But it wasn’t until I was 12 and the least popular girl in my class that I found my true love for crochet and knitting. In fact a nun, Sister Marie, taught me how to crochet and off I went. Now, I aspire to own a knit shop where other like minded women can get together with/without children, talk and knit (or crochet) together. It has been a lifelong dream for me.

63. Yarn Panda - August 5, 2009

You’re pictures are gorgeous, and that purple yarn has me drooling. I love purple! Also, congratulations on completing your first year of knitting. ^_^v

Here’s my story:

I suffer from trichotillomania (aka trich, aka ttm), which is basically compulsive hair pulling. When I am stressed/nervous/bored I pull my hair, similar to the way some one would bite their nails. My trich had gotten so bad when I was younger, that all duirng high school and after, I would have to wear my hair up in order to hide the bald spots.

In 2006, I was tired of letting it control me, and I decided I would do what I needed to overcome it (there is no cure). The first thing I did was teach myself how to recognize when I began to pull my hair. The second thing I did was to figure out some way to keep my hands busy.

At the time I worked at a daycare, and one of the mother’s gifted me with a Target gift card. I went to Target and found a “Teach Yourself How to Knit” kit. I had never seen any one knit, but it seemed like a great way to keep both of my hands busy. I bought the kit, and taught myself to knit in a couple of days, and was instantly hooked.

While I did not become serious about knitting until 2008 (meaning, knitting more than just a garter stitch scarf), knitting has helped me refrain from pulling my hair. I am not completely pull free, but knitting keeps my hands busy, and today I am able to wear my hair down, which for me, is a huge accomplishment.

64. Bethany - August 5, 2009

I’m been crocheting for awhile but couldn’t find a nice looking shrug pattern but the knit ones were gorgeous. So I decided to teach myself to knit. I’m still working on my first dishrag but it’s not too bad looking. I am so slow but will get faster with time. Congrats on your one year anniversary!!

65. Sarah B. - August 5, 2009

Your projects are beautiful, thank you for sharing them with us.

I learned to crochet as a little girl when my grandmother was trying to keep me quiet. That didn’t really work so well, but my love of yarn began. Then about 6 years ago, my friend made herself a sweater that I really wanted, but she didn’t have time to make me one, so I determined to teach myself to knit and have been addicted ever since!

66. RecoveringActor - August 5, 2009

Actually, my 12 yr old sister taught me how to knit. She’s 18 now… but when I came home for Christmas break from college my freshman year, my kid sister was knitting. Her science teacher in grade school had started a knitting circle with a few of the girls. And I took my sister to Wal-Mart, bought size US 10.5 metal needles, a skein of Lion Brand Home Spun, and I made my first scarf. It was horrible. But if I remember correctly, I only really screwed up on the first few rows, and after that I picked it up pretty immediately.

My sister always likes it when I tell that story. That poor kid has been my sister her whole life. As in “Oh, you’re GINA’S sister.” And it didn’t help that she was interested in the same things that I was. So this is the one thing that she taught me how to do instead of the other way around.

67. Catherine T. - August 5, 2009

My mom taught me how to crochet when I was little. I always wanted to knit but didn’t know anyone that could teach me and I was so overwhelmed by all the books and online sources that I didn’t know where to start. So, in my twenties, I moved to San Francisco where my boyfriend was going to grad school. He had a very nice coworker who knew how to knit. Since I wanted to learn so bad, he had his coworker teach him how to cast-on and make a knit stitch. When he came home that night, he then taught me. Since then, I’ve been perfecting my knitting skills and can’t seem to stop. Just last week I’ve continued the love of knitting by teaching my two nieces.

68. Elizabeth Turney - August 5, 2009

I just walked into the new little craft store next to the Curves where I was working out…There was the nicest owner and the sweetest shop dog and all these cute displays of knitting…so I signed up for a class and it was on!

69. ellen - August 5, 2009

i taught myself from a coats and clark book from the dime store about 1959, and knitted my dad a bright red wool scarf in garter stitch. for many years, he wore it to church in winter. i still have it.

my next project was a sweater in what was supposed to be stockinette . . . but since i was self-taught, i didn’t realize until much later that i had twisted the stitches, accidentally producing something more “advanced.”

after that, i started a baby sweater with mock cables, but didn’t finish it until years later, when my sister was pregnant. i made her promise to give the sweater back when my niece outgrew it, and later, my own daughter wore it.

i kept on knitting off and on through college and a few years after, and then quit for awhile because of computer-related hand problems,fearing knitting would worsen them.

about four years ago, i decided, “to heck with that — i’m going to knit my granddaughter and her doll matching sweaters, even if it hurts.” oddly enough, knitting seemed to help my hand problems, not worsen them. soon i joined a local group, and then another. now that i’m retired, i do a lot of charity knitting as well as making sweaters and socks for myself and my family.

i was interested to note that you translate your entries into (brazilian?) portuguese. i’ve been to brazil twice and would love to visit it again, and also would love to go to portugal and spain. i studied spanish in college and found that i can read portuguese to some extent, though i find some of the pronunciation difficult. i’m jealous of anyone who’s truly bilingual — such an asset in today’s “shrinking” world.

70. Rindy - August 5, 2009

I love the stitch markers -very cute!!! And the yarn is a gorgeous color purple.

It will be a year ago in October that i started knitting. i was walking through Goodwill looking for things that didnt look so second-hand that i could give as Christmas gifts to my family. Money was tight; our Christmas budget was about $200 for our entire family…including our now 2-year-old daughter, and i wasn’t sure how to go about getting something for everyone and still make Christmas wonderful for my baby girl. I was walking through to store towards the toy aisle to see if there was anything that was acceptable for our girl, when i walked past the crafts rack. sticking out, getting ready to poke me were a pair of knitting needles. knowing nothing about knitting, i pushed them back in under all the other craft stuff and went along my day. the next day i was thinking about things i could home-make to save some money and thought about those knitting needles. i went back to Goodwill and was excited to see them still there buried under all the craft stuff AND with the 50% off sticker color. my 1st set of knitting needles were size 4 US and cost me 49 cents. i went to mom’s and dug through her basement for the balls of yarn she had stashed from my childhood school projects. i searching the internet for videos on how to knit and taught myself. From October to Christmas eve i spent every second i could knitting. most everyone got scarves BUT everyone in my family got a gift, and Santa was able to be a very generous man to my baby girl.

71. Margaret Marquis - August 5, 2009

My grandma taught me to knit in August 02. All of a sudden it was something I wanted to learn. She and I shared patterns. I introduced her to new yarns and the new magazines. She passed away this past April and it hurts when I remember I can’t call her for help or to share something I have knitted.

I do know she was proud of me. She told everyone she created a monster when she taught me to knit. She was secretly pleased that I out knit her. Plus it was a bond between the two of us that she didn’t have with her other granddaughters.

Because of knitting I now have three best buddies, all knitters that I would have never met. Our yarns brought us together and keep us together since we feed each other – we are enablers.

I knit through gma’s funeral – she would have like that- as a tribute to her and the skill she passed on. I also got all her patterns- she started knitting in the 40s, her needles and her red heart yarn. She couldn’t bring herself to spend lots of money on yarn although she appreciated it when I brought her yarn.

I am so glad that she taught me to knit. It is a lifetime of enjoyment that I will also have.

72. Becky - August 5, 2009

I began crocheting when I was maybe 6, and continued to do so off and on. The concept of knitting never made sense. I picked up some Knifty Knitter looms in December 2007. I loved using them, but they’re large gauge. So I became determined to learn to knit. In March 2008, I taught myself to knit. And instantly became addicted. Looming helped me understand the concept of the knit stitch. But I’ve been knitting like a fiend ever since and love trying new techniques!

73. Donna B. - August 5, 2009

Thank you for this kind giveaway. Here’s my story: My grandmother was the craftiest person alive (rug hooking, cross stitch, sewing, needlepoint, you name it) and tried her best to teach me what she knew. But it never stuck — probably because I wasn’t working on projects that I chose. I learned to tat in high school, but didn’t find a way to make useful items out of it … so I kept abandoning it for years, then picking it back up when the urge to produce something with my own hands became overwhelming, then abandoning it as it became clear that I had no idea what to do with tatted pieces but drape them decoratively over furniture, not really my style.

Then a male friend of mine decided to learn to knit and write about it on his blog. At the same time I was getting envious of my students who were knitters, wishing I could busy myself and create the way they did. I decided to take the plunge near the end of 2006. I taught myself from the Internet and the Stitch ‘n’ Bitch book, using whatever yarns I could borrow from students moving on or buy at the local big box store. If my male friend could make beautiful scarves within a few weeks of learning, by golly, so could I.

I was successful enough to keep at it for almost a year before I joined Ravelry, and then it all exploded as I became inspired and lost my fear. I’ve made sweaters and knit lace. I CAN DO ANYTHING! Not only is it beautiful, it’s *useful*. Learning to knit has changed my life and my thinking — even in my academic work, I’ve incorporated knitting and the insights it’s brought me. It’s the best thing that’s happened in my life right behind my family. Seriously.

74. Ashley - August 5, 2009

I crocheted a bit in high school, but then I hadn’t picked up a hook in years. Last fall I sprained my ankle which gave me a lot of time to sit on my butt and watch tv…that got old really fast! During this down-time is when I rediscovered my love for crocheting and learned how to follow a pattern. I’ve been hooked (no pun intended) ever since! Once I found Ravelry I was l like a kid in a candy store. 71 projects to date!

75. Wanda Jarvis - August 5, 2009

I learned to knit many years ago as a project in home ec. My project was a cardigan. The pattern was by Coats & Clarks. It is very similar to the 5 hour baby cardigan. Had not knit for years until almost 2 years ago when I went to a sock knitting class with my daughter. I have been knitting socks since then. I really enjoy wearing the fruits of my labor.

76. Roxanne - August 6, 2009

Happy anniversary!
My grandmother has always knit for our family and when my parents and I moved far away when I was 6 I would always travel back and spend my summers with my grandparents. To keep curious little me entertained my Nanny first taught me french knitting and I would make hugely long tubes that she would help me sew into coasters and skirts for my dolls. A few years later I graduated into real knitting needles and made scarves then mittens and slippers. I have always loved to create useful hand-made things to gift to people and this is probably where that drive started.
I was just looking into stitch markers and I LOVE purple!
Fingers crossed.

77. Brenna - August 6, 2009

What a terrific idea!

A good friend of mine used to send me pictures all the time of all the cool things she had knitted. Although I loved what she’d made it wasn’t something that I really considered as I didn’t think that I’d take to it well as I’d tried to learn when I was nine and couldn’t grasp the concept – just chalked it up to something she was incredibly talented at and I’d admire from a distance. Then I noticed a co-worker knitting a pair of socks in our monthly 3 hour meeting (yes, seriously the meeting was scheduled for 3 hours and frequently it would go over and nothing would’ve been accomplished). Next thing I know my boss has decided that she’s going to knit dog sweaters for her dog and she’s showing me the book she bought followed up shortly there after with a frightening chunky ill-fitting sweater for her dog. I then thought, I wonder if she used a different yarn if it wouldn’t have come out better? Followed up with the thought of how it could be cheaper to knit my dog a sweater or two vs buying them? So I set out to ask my co-worker to teach me. She instructed me to get a pair of US size 8 needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn and she’d show me the following week. So excited I went out and bought a book, the yarn and the needles. That night I sat on my bed staring at my new purchases thinking to myself “I want to start now, I don’t want to wait a week!!!” So I opened the book and got lost in the pictures of the cast-ons before remembering my friend talking about knittinghelp.com. I went to the site and the next thing I knew I’d knitted (what was to be a practice swatch) a scarf for my dog. From there I made my first dog sweater, learned the hard way that yes I was not above having to do a guage swatch and made my next dog sweater. I’ve been knitting for nearly 4 years now – from dog sweaters to baby clothes to toys to socks! Oh, and word of caution (though probably not needed for fellow knitters) my dog is only about 6lbs and he is probably the only one I can knit for and have it turn out to be cost effective over purchasing ready-made in the store 😉

78. June - August 6, 2009

When I was very young, I wanted to learn how to knit but had no one to teach me. So I went to the local library, checked out books on knitting and through trial and error, taught myself how to knit. I picked up a lot of other crafts the same way. It’s interesting but my needlework when I was younger was more precise and intricate and was finished in a timely manner, more so now where I I knit because I love the process of knitting, spend more time hording yarn because of the beauty and variety, and am not too concerned with getting everything just so or meeting self imposed deadlines.

79. Maria - August 6, 2009

Hi! I started experimenting with knitting when I was very young but only knew how to knit garter stitch and I don’t think I ever finished any projects. I was not particularly drawn to knitting afterwards as I didn’t realise how flexible and broad knitting was, and the different types of techniques and projects that one could do…

I have only started taking it seriously at the beginning of this year. I really needed something to occupy my free time and I thought I’d try knitting again. I learnt my basic stitches from magazines, utube and Ravelry and I think knitting is here to stay now! I have just finished my first lace project and the idea that you can make something so beautiful out of yarn and 2 needles is unbelievable! I’m planning on doing a lot more lace as I find it really satisfying!

I have realised that after you master the knit and purl stitch you can do almost anything 🙂 All you need is the drive to learn new techniques to produce beautiful projects. The fact that I’m doing something handcrafted which I can myself wear is something that fills me with satisfaction 🙂

Congrats on your knitting anniversary 🙂 Next year I’ll be celebrating mine 😉

80. Penny - August 6, 2009

Hooray.. I finally got to read your blog and see your Beautiful Stitchmarkers… Thanks to the person in your group who showed me how to fix it.. I forget her name now but will Thank her next.

OK So My Mom taught me how to Crochet when I was about 11 years old and I enjoyed it very much.. Then she tried to teach me to knit but the baby sweater had one really long sleeve and it was all very “unsized”… LOL Soooo I gave up and thought it was not for me.. I continued to knit for years and when I got older 🙂 I decide I was going to teach myslf HOW to do it.. Sooo I got a book .. knitted a knit swatch and a purl swatch.. Then made the Cuff to Cuff baby sweater and another raglan and donated them to a Baby Charity.. Since then I have been knitting Everyday and nw I have 8 Grandchildren to knit for so I am always Busy!!! :0 And I LOVE every minute of it.. I am now an Obsessed Knitter…
I enjoyed your Blog very much…

81. laura joy jones - August 6, 2009

i can never remember a time when mum didnt knit so it was only natural i soon wanted to learn, i guess i was about 5 years old. since then its been a huge part of my life and always will be

82. silvercharmster - August 6, 2009

Happy Knitting Anniversary! Please sign me up for your contest. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 7 years old. I had already learned crochet (while I was trapped inside the house with the chicken pox), and decided I need to learn how to knit as well. Gran helped me pick out my first set of needles (red, aluminum, size 10 – I still have them), and we were off and running!

83. Jenny (KnitMagic1 on Ravelry) - August 6, 2009

A little over five years ago, I learned to knit from the Stitch N’ Bitch book; I ended up going to the mall for some retail therapy to relieve my job stress and came home with a new hobby! Congratulations on your one-year anniversary, and may you have many more years of knitting enjoyment. This is my first time coming to your blog; it’s very nice and fun to read.

84. akm - August 7, 2009

My mom taught me to crochet when I was young. Early in medical school I decided I wanted to learn to knit. I got a “teach yourself to knit” book and started with swatches. My knitting hasn’t been exclusively self taught though. I have learned from many experienced knitting friends. Since then, I haven’t looked back and rarely crochet.

85. Ariel - August 7, 2009

I was probably 6 or 7 and I remember a friend of my grandmothers teaching me to knit. I loved doing it but stopped a few years later. Fast forward 20 years or so. A lady I worked with was a knitter and I remember how much I’d enjoyed it as a child. She re-taught me and I’ve been doing it every day ever since.

Thanks for the contest!!

86. Ivy - August 7, 2009

I learned how to knit from my aunt in Vietnam when I was six. My mother had brought me back to her homeland so I could meet her side of the family. I was horribly shy, and often hid behind my mom and refused to talk to anyone. My aunt, sensing that I was into crafts like her, brought out a pair of knitting needles and some yarn and started making a hat for the stuffed toy dog I brought along. Fascinated, I asked to learn and ended up making it a matching scarf. Ever since, she’s become my favorite aunt.

87. Celina - August 7, 2009

Parabéns pelo 1º aniversário, pelas obras e pelos marcadores, que são lindos (és uma rapariga prendada). E pela iniciativa! (Espero ter sorte 😉 )

Bem, eu aprendi a tricotar com 5 anos, na rua onde morava, com a avó de uma vizinha com quem eu costumava brincar, lembro-me de ela estar sentada a tricotar cá fora no páteo e ter-nos ensinado a pegar nas agulhas, a passar o fio, a fazer as primeiras malhas. Nessa altura aprendi apenas malha de liga. Nas semanas seguintes, como não tinha lã em casa (a minha mãe não sabe tricotar, só faz crochet) arranjei restos de lã de várias cores das vizinhas e fiz um cachecol às riscas. As agulhas eram rectas de metal, de 4 mm, e foram emprestadas pela minha vizinha até os meus pais me comprarem umas iguais! Lembro-me que o cachecol tinha alguns buracos, mas com a lã mais grossa conseguia um ponto muito bonito. Não sei onde o guardei e hoje adorava vê-lo outra vez, foi a minha primeira peça! Como era muito pequena não aprendi mais nenhuma técnica e nem sabia rematar, tinha de pedir a alguém para o fazer, mesmo assim impressionava as pessoas quando ia para qualquer lado e levava o tricô e começava a tricotar! Como entretanto deixei de ter quem me ensinasse, passaram-se vários anos sem tricotar.

Foi com 14 anos (em 1996) que fui à Feira do Livro e encontrei um livro que viria a mudar a minha vida, pois ensinava todos os pontos básicos do tricô. E foi a 2ª parte da minha aprendizagem: como já sabia pegar nas agulhas foi muito fácil aprender o que me faltava. Montar malhas, fazer ponto de meia, de arroz, canelado, torcidos, mates, aumentos e rematar, aprendi isto tudo unicamente através desse livro! Recordo-me do fascínio que senti ao fazer todas estas coisas. Daí para a frente manteve-se o fascínio e a paixão pelo tricô – ainda que pelo meio a minha mãe me tenha ensinado a fazer crochet, nunca me senti tão fascinada por crochet como por tricô. Não me esqueço de como tudo começou mas é com satisfação que digo a quem não sabe tricotar que se pode aprender por um livro!

Hoje continua a ser das coisas que mais prazer me dá fazer!
Espero que tenhas gostado de saber 😉

88. Becky - August 7, 2009

I originally learned the basics of knitting in Home Economics class. My mom wanted to learn so I taught her but I didn’t make good use of it for myself until a few years ago. I taught my oldest daughter to knit when she was in High School and now granddaughter (4 yo) wants to learn. I love being able to share the love of knitting!

89. barbara/PurpleMoose - August 7, 2009

Congratulations on your “knit-a-versary”. Your FOs are great. And your offer is very kind – especially since it involves purple. 😉

I learned to crochet when I was 4 – that is a LONG time ago, btw. 😉 But I learned to knit when I was about 15 – from a girlfriend in school. She taught me the basics and I knit scarves and such for a few years. Then marriage and mommy-hood came along and my knitting was more specific (for the family) but much more sporadic.

About two years ago I was asked to knit along with a friend who wanted to make a sweater – I’ve been on a roll since then.

The best part about it all . . . I have met so many new friends through knitting and ravelry. It’s a blessing. Congrats again.

90. Angela - August 7, 2009

Beautiful creations! You look like a natural at knitting. I was in college when I learned to knit, when I didn’t have to take notes I could always pay more attention when I was doing something with my hands and there were other knitters in the classes as well. Cross-stitch didn’t work out so well, too much counting; I did actually have to pay attention to the instructor! So, a friend from work taught me how to knit; we worked in surgery and in the evening when we finished all of our work, and there were no emergencies I learned to knit…it was frustrating at first…everyone laughed as I struggled and said I’ll never get this fumbling with the yarn and needles! Needless to say now I love knitting so much; I only wish I would have learned much earlier; now I have 2 dear children and limited time to sit and knit! Although some is better than none! I have have been mostly self taught ever since; a bit of trial and error, my knitting teacher taught me how to knit and purl backwards, so I had to relearn a bit, after that it was a breeze…no wonder purling was so hard! Knitting is one of the many loves of my life!

91. thewenchetta - August 7, 2009

The blog looks great! Congratulations on learning to knit. I learnt when I was little from my aunt, but ended up dropping so many stitches that I got fed up and stopped.

When I discovered that my sister was pregnant, I wanted to be the best aunt that I could and so decided to teach my self to knit. I got a copy of Debbie Bliss’ Baby Knits for Beginners and worked through project by project. It went swimmingly, but then when I switched from baby to grown up bits, I got bored, and stopped knitting again.

This September I got mumps, and had nothing to do day after day, so I picked back up the jumper that I had started the previous year, and got totally addicted to it again. Since then, I knit every evening in front of the TV, and have tried loads of different bits. I am just doing my first no pattern wrap sweater – scary!

I love the stitch markers BTW – you would never know that you are not skilled at jewellery making!

92. Merci « Creations - August 9, 2009

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