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Old 09-24-2006, 11:53 PM   #1
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how you got started?
Does anyone remember how they got started knitting? I remember being in 4th or 5th grade and I was in Brownies. THe leader brought somebody in to teach us to knit. Then I moved to a new house in 6th grade and the neighbor was a knitter. She helped me continue...after that it was always a knitted scarf for each new boyfriend! ha ha...
didn't knit for almost 25 years....no new boyfriends!! The past two years have been the best for knitting! Am totally dedicated to the craft that has given me a new sanity!
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:16 AM   #2
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I was pregnant with my first child and I quit smoking so I needed to do something with my hands. I learned to knit booties and that was the only thing I could make, dozens and dozens of booties! I didn't knit again for about seven years until I read an article about making mittens. I learned to make mittens and hats by knitting around. I stopped knitting for 2-3 years and I've recently started back again.
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:27 AM   #3
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I love to learn why and how people started knitting! So many knitters seemed to learn to knit as children, how nice!
I am disabled and in a great deal of pain all of the time, well, this had been going on for years and I was at my wit's end with nothing to do, you can only watch movies and tv for so many years Well, I prayed and asked God to show me something that I could do that would both occupy my time and help keep my mind off of my pain. Then, in a few days my husband called me from work to tell me that he had gone over to Joann's to see if they had a knitting kit! They didn't have one, so that night we went to Michaels and picked up a kit which contained a little book and a couple of sets of needles along with a few notions, and a ball of yarn and I have been knitting ever since! That was a bit over 2 years ago. I'm pleased to say that knitting is the one and only thing that I've found that both occupies my time and keeps my mind off of the pain! As a result my pain management doc suggests such hobbies to his patients
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:31 AM   #4
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I remember watching my mom knit... I was 5 and she would knit sooo much!!! She could finish one sweater in 3 or 4 days even though she worked full time. My sisters and I would have sweaters in every possible color.

Just by watching and reading my mom's knitting books I made my first scarf when I was 6 or 7, I did some crochet every once in a while, but it wasnt till I moved to the States(2005, I am 26 now) when I started knitting again, we lived in the country and I would spend every day at home(I dont drive), I needed a hobby... one day I walking around Fred Meyers I found the craft section... that was it! Non stop since then..
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:46 AM   #5
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I knit a scarf in a class when I was in 7th grade. I really enjoyed it but didn't stick with it. I bought needles and books about 5 years ago, but didn't start seriously trying to figure it out until about a year ago.
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:19 AM   #6
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My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8. She was a prolific knitter and did a lot of custom knitting to make a living at times.

She had 30 grandchildren and each of were given knitted sweaters and clothing that she made for us over the years. I still have the poncho she knit for me when I was ten. She made a matching one for herself and we had our photo made together in our matching ponchos.

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Old 09-25-2006, 05:06 AM   #7
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I'm not sure how old I was when my mom first taught me knitting, but I guess I was about 6 years old. But I didn't do it for a long time, I guess I was too young. at school we had to knit a small square, but still, I didn't like it. Untill about 3 years ago. Everybody wore those great long scarves, but I'm allergic to wool, so one from the store wasn't an option for me. (I've always had great difficulty finding wintersweaters and scarves) I really really wanted one, so I decided I'd knit one myself. After that, I stopped again. A year later I was at the "Kreadoe" wich is a large hobbyfair. I already decided I wanted another scarf, so I bought some acrylic yarn there. But after I bought the yarn, I found someone who made the greatest scraf I had ever seen. It was with 8 different colors, knitted at the same time. I was sure I wanted that scarf, so I decided to buy that yarn as well. Because 2 scarves are to much (you only can wear one at the time) I decided to make a sweater out of the first bought yarn. I really liked that and I haven't stopped knitting ever since.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:28 AM   #8
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I taught myself to crochet when I was about 18-19 and pregnant with my daughter. It was kind of a rough pregnancy, and I wanted something to do besides lay around all day.

I tried to learn to knit about the same time I tried to learn to crochet. I couldn't figure it out on my own, and my father in law suggested that maybe his mother could teach me. She tried and tried, but I just didn't get it.

After a few years of not crocheting, I picked it up again two years ago. After a few months, I became really envious of what you could do with knitting that you can't with crochet, so I tried to teach myself to knit again. I don't know what was different this time around -- I learned from the same booklet -- but I got it this time.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:12 AM   #9
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i taught myself using THIS website!
I use cloth diapers, so I wanted to knit covers for them- Longies and shorties.

i think that was a year ago....maybe two...i cant remember and i cant really think right now! LOL
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:22 AM   #10
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As a child my mother told me, "You'll never be able to knit, you're left-handed." About 2 years ago I saw those Kniffty Knitter things in Michael's and bought a set. Oh yuck, soooooooo boring. I started reading about them on line and found that most people said the same thing and "....why not just knit?" Then I found a kit that said it could even teach left handers to knit so I bought it. Oh my. Then a friend of mine sent me a link to this site. TA DA!!!!! Bless Amy and continental knitting.
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