And I haven't yet received a card or small flower arrangement to commemorate this occasion from anyone! Well, that's okay, I forgive you all. Especially those of you who look at me from time to time with huge eyes when I tell you what a certain skein of yarn costs. Just remember, we're all a little bit crazy, mine just shows sometimes.
So the topic of the day is: 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?
I started crocheting when I was only four years old. My grandmother and mom crocheted colorful afghans for everyone in the family and I wanted in on the fun. I could only make a chain stitch at the time, but I made it about a million feet long and was so proud of myself.
As I got older I made a few afghans myself and then turned to other creative outlets for a while. I was around 20 when I taught myself to knit with a little help from my (now) ex-mother-in-law and over time managed to make a couple sweaters, one that fit and one that didn't. haha.
I put the needles down for a few years when my kids were younger but started again in earnest a few years ago. I've made several pairs of socks, hats, scarves, shawls, mittens, etc. and have lots more yarn waiting to be made into something fabulous!
Knitting relaxes me, really, and I need to do a little bit everyday. I like to challenge myself with more difficult patterns and beautiful, exotic yarns, but very now and then a plain old straight sock pattern is just what the Knitting goddess ordered!