Knitting Series: How I Got Started

Let’s talk about Knitting.

As we established in my Fiber Festivals post, I’m a knitter. An avid knitter, in fact. So I thought I’d give you a little back story on that.

I learned to knit when I was about 8 years old.

The story of how I learned to knit is actually quite unique. No one in my family knits. My grandmother, as far as I’m concerned, was capable of it, but only ever crocheted. My mother is more of a seamstress and absolutely refuses to pick up either needles or a hook, and there ends any relatives that I may have potentially learned from.

So the way that I actually learned to knit was from a couple of librarians.

The library in the town where I grew up puts on a summer program every year. Mostly it’s to get kids engaged in reading throughout the summer, but it also involves getting them into the library (and out of their parents’ hair for a short while) for a series of activities.

You can imagine where the story goes from here.

One of the activities that they held one summer was teaching youngsters to knit. And I absolutely loved it!

When the program ended, we were supposed to give our needles and yarn back to the librarians (they had kindly donated supplies from their own personal stashes), and I was heartbroken to have to give up the project I’d worked so hard on. While all the other kids bound off and took what they had of their projects, I begged my dad to let me keep my needles so I could make a proper scarf.

Being the amazing father that he is, my dad spoke with one of the librarians and convinced her to let me keep the yarn and needles by paying for the supplies. The scarf I made with those, my very first knitted project, I gave to my dad for Christmas.

Now, I mentioned before that I was pretty alone in my knitting. This is important. As a result of this, I didn’t learn past the very basics (cast on, knit stitch, and bind off) until I was in college, whereupon I discovered that I had my own (completely wrong) method of knitting!

I had to entirely reteach myself how to knit once I got to university, and only once I’d done so was I able to learn to purl.

Comparitively, I can now knit, purl, slip, cable, increase, decrease, double knit, knit colorwork, and many other things that I never even imagined I’d be able to do. I can tell the difference between acrylic and wool yarn with the slightest touch, and can recognize the difference between a fingering, DK, or worsted weight yarn at a glance.

Here’s the part where I cheesily say, “All these skills and more could be yours, if you follow my blog!”

But no.

This isn’t that kind of blog.

That being said, there will still be lots of fibery, knitty goodness in the future. Knitting related posts are about to be a regular thing on this blog!

Here’s how it’s going to work.

There will be a new post on this blog every Tuesday and Friday. Tuesdays will be for a variety of content, including but not limited to Disney, audio books, childhood anecdotes, etc. Posts on Friday will be all about fiber arts! Knitting, yarn, fiber festival news, pattern reviews – if it’s related to fiber arts, it’s fair game for Fridays.

Of course, I would love for everyone to join me for all of my content, but if you prefer one category over the other, make sure you check out the blog on that day. Alternatively, you can sign up for email alerts (available in the side bar) to be notified for all new posts!


2 thoughts on “Knitting Series: How I Got Started

  1. I love this! It makes me want to teach a knitting class at a library. Also, I learned to purl incorrectly and didn’t know it until I learned to knit in the round and my knitted fabric looked different in my flat-knitted fabric. I was winding the yarn the wrong way, I think.


    1. I’ve definitely thought about offering to teach a knitting class, but I don’t know if I’d have the patience or enough experience!

      When I tried to learn to purl, not only was I doing it the wrong way, I couldn’t get my stitches off the needles because of the way I was holding it!


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