Monday, April 26, 2010

Did Ya Know?

It's Knit and Crochet Blog Week! Who Knew? Yeah, so what's your story? When did you learn to knit/crochet?
I wanted to learn to knit years ago. I dunno, maybe around 2000. I asked my friend Kathleen to teach me. Yup, this chica can do anything. She had already started her love affair with knitting. I went to my LYS, picked up a Debbie Bliss book and yarn. So, we got together over a cuppa.
She started me on my first ever sweater. I loved the idea of knitting, but had no idea what I was doing, really. Then I had something like a hundred kids right in a row and never finished the sweater. But my girl, Kathleen, finished it for me. About half of my kids have worn this baby sweater. That was the end of my knitting career.
Then in 2007, I had a some really serious asthma during pregnancy. I was hospitalized, put on bedrest, with nothing to do while EVERYTHING needed to get done. Ugh, the frustration!! My husband suggested I go back to knitting. Maybe make a little something for the baby. Ha, I bet at the time he thought that suggestion seemed harmless enough! Little did he know!! So yeah, I took him up on the offer and taught myself how to knit by making a simple baby blanket. It was a perfect way to connect with this little being who had changed my life so drastically. It was very calming. When the blanket was finished I took on one harder project every time I cast on, until I became proficient. But one thing led to another until I was spinning, dyeing, crocheting, weaving and falling in luv with some of the most amazing artists who have become the best friends of my life! So that's my story. Would love to hear yours! If you'd like to read more just google "knitcroblo" followed by a 1, 2, etc. for each day of the event. What's your story?