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Old 06-29-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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How did you get started?
Was curious when everyone started knitting? Who taught you? What made you want to knit?

I have been knitting for about 8 months or so. I can't remember exactly what turned me onto it, as I do not know anyone other than a few people at work that knit. I think it had something to do with scrapbooking and all the trips to the craft stores, etc. I saw yarn and thought it would be fun to do something with it.

I learned through a DVD called "The Compelte Beginners Guide to Knitting". You can get it on eBay or the website
I highly recommend it. I also have been watching the video's on this site, which have helped with learning some more advanced techniques.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:49 PM   #2
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I started in October 2005. I used to crochet, but never liked the sameness of the look so I wanted to learn to knit and I did.

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Old 06-29-2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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I have wanted to learn to knit ever since I was 8 and saw the mom of one of my friends doing it. I never got around to asking her to teach me. A friend taught me to crochet in 2003, and being the good little gateway drug that is crochet, it just drove me to want to knit even more. So finally in February of 2005, wanting something new to keep my hands busy with during the endless hours of braxton hicks contractions, I went out and bought a Boye learn to knit kit. A week later I had not only a brand new scarf, but also my DD.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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I learned right here from Amy's videos. She taught me just about everything I know. :D

The funny thing is, my mom is a lifetime knitter -- she learned so young that she doesn't remember how old she was. My entire life she was always knitting something, usually intricate aran sweaters. Yet I had no interest whatsoever in knitting until a year an a half ago. Go figure.....
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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I learned about a year a half ago. It was my first year of college and I was living in a dorm. My RA had a "learn to knit" night and told me and my roommate we should go, so we did! And that's how it started. We got my boyfriend at the time and our friend Mike to learn, too. Neva-Lee (my roommate and best friend) and I have been knitting ever since, though I've been a bit more obsessive about it. She's helped me learn a lot of things and work through some screwy patterns (and cheered me on during my first marathon sweater knitting adventure!).
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:20 PM   #6
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I taught myself to knit in September 2004. I was first interested in making wool soakers for my daughters, but it has turned into a full blown hobby.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:28 PM   #7
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I got it into my head two years ago that I wanted to learn to knit, so I signed up for a 5 week class offered in the community. I had no previous needle work experience, and was never into crafting of any sort. It was miserable, but after the class was almost over my mom (who knew how to knit, but hadn't done so since I was very little, so I was shocked) taught me the English style and I knitted a red garter stitch scarf from one skein of Lion's brand yarn.

I didn't touch my needles again until last August when I decided to try knitting another dog sweater (a dog sweater was my first unsuccessful class project) and it actually turned out half-ways decent. Then I found this forum as I was trying to puzzle out what to do to finish my class dog sweater and now I just can't get enough.

I even knit my first sweater this Jan/Feb!
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:30 PM   #8
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I have been wanting to learn for a long time. In March I went to AC Moore and a lady there showed me the knit stitch. Once I got that down I was going to go back there to learn more but then I discovered this site. I've learned most everything I know now from here.

I have done a lot of dishcloths which has really helped me improve and learn different stitches. Plus they are a quick knit. I really recommend them to anyone starting out.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:31 PM   #9
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I don't remember when I learned how to knit. I think my mom taught me when I was about 8-9. But of course all I could make were endless and shapeless scarves in garter stitch. Then I stopped for like... 20 years (I'm only 30 years old... I suddenly feel so old!). When I decided to seriously go back to knitting a few months ago, it all came back to me as if I never stopped! Strange isn't it?

I don't exaclty know why I felt like knitting again. At christmas, I saw my boyfriend's mom knit and I think that's where I got the idea. I also remembered my grandmother knitting socks ALL the time (she passed away 10 years ago but boy do I miss her). Maybe it was because of christmas being a family thing, and because I realized that knitting was an important part of my family's traditions and that it was going away. Anyhow, now I'm addicted, I can do a lot more than scarves and I'm scared to finish my PhD and get a job 'cause I KNOW what I will get when I have a real salary... YARN!
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:32 PM   #10
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I picked up a scarf kit from Lion with Boucle and Fun Fur in the spring of 2003. I had it sitting amongst my rising piles of scrap and beading stuff. I brought it with me on a car trip to keep busy while hubby drove. I got sooo mad because I should be able figure this stuff out. I had looked at some books in the past that are no where near as helpful as the ones that have come out over the last couple years. I am a very visual and hands on learner. I had tried it a couple times at various times in my life.. but once I frogged, shredded and started again (and practiced with "regular" yarn and needles for a bit first) I got the hang of it. I was born with my dear departed gramma's love of crafts so I feel personally owing to her to try something and learn it good!
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