• Spring Giveaway!

    Win four skeins of your choice!

    How did you learn to knit? Let's go back to the beginning and remember those first few stitches and the excitement we felt.

    November 2011. I was twenty-two and loved wool socks (still do). One day my friend and I were at the local craft store and I saw a book on teaching yourself to knit next to a book on knitting socks. It was like love at first sight and I just "knew" that this is what I wanted to do. So, I bought both books, a pair of tiny double-pointed needles and some sock yarn and took them home. I clearly remember those few days and coming home from work and feeling so excited to knit, even though each stitch felt so awkward, and nearly every other one somehow got twisted. But I persisted. When I had that first finished sock I was so proud of myself. I even took it into work to show off to everyone. Oh dear. My gauge was so tight that I couldn't fit it on my foot, but that didn't matter. It looked like a sock!

    Soon after that first sock I thought it would be fun to knit a lace hat. I didn't know what stitch markers were, so I tied little loops of yarn around the needles to mark the pattern repeats. It's fun to think about how creative we can be when we don't know any better.

    Then I moved on to sweaters....and that was it. I was completely in love. It's odd how this hobby has shaped my life and lead me to where I am today. I don't even think I would've met Garrett if it weren't for knitting. One little stroll through the craft store can change your life forever.


    To win four skeins of your choice (dyed for you) let me know what your story is. You can be as brief or as detailed as you wish. And if you wish to remain anonymous, just make up a name or enter "anonymous" in the name section. Just be sure to enter your email address (this isn't public), so I can reach you if you're the winner. I will choose a random winner this Wednesday, May 1st. 

  • Comments on this post (229 comments)

    • Jessica trull says...

      I learned to knit 3 years ago. I took a 1 hour class with my mom and daughter. I immediately was hooked, I came home picked out a pattern and used YouTube to figure out how to accomplish each stitch. Now I want to knit everything, I am obsessed and love it. I love every yarn, pattern, just everything about knitting. As for my mom and daughter …. nope it didn’t stick at all! Lol

      May 01, 2019

    • AJ says...

      I learned to knit from one of my Dutch teachers after moving to Europe. She had made a scarf and I wanted to know where she’d bought it; she said she’d knitted it herself and that she would teach me. Off I went! My SIL taught me to bind off, a lovely friend taught me how to knit in the round on DPNs, my MIL taught me how to tink, and the rest is history!

      My mamaw (mom’s mom) was an avid crocheter and I like to think she’d be happy that I found a way to love yarn and make beautiful things like she did. :)

      May 01, 2019

    • Tanya Lowe says...

      My grandma taught me to knit and crochet when I was seven years old. She grew up on a sheep farm where knitting was part of everyday life for children, so she thought I should learn. Oh, and she was left-handed (I am not), so I learned left-handed, which is still how I knit today. When I was eleven she said it was time to knit a sweater, and she took me to the store to pick a pattern and wool. I choose a brightly colored fair isle pullover, and spent many hours learning how to carry wool behind in pattern. It was bunchy in spots, but I wore it with pride. My grandmother is gone, and I cherish all of those moments she spent passing on her love of knitting and fiber arts. My daughter did not want to learn to knit (yet I hope), but I continue to teach students in my grade 4/5 class how to knit every year – left-handed of course!

      April 30, 2019

    • Marge Roberts says...

      I learned to knit in 4-H when I was 10 years old. I knitted off and on every since those early days.

      April 30, 2019

    • Carol says...

      I learnt to knit as a child, both my Mum and my Nan taught me. I was probably my most productive during the late 70’s early 80’s. I learnt to crochet about 10 years ago and that led me back to my knitting. I wish my “young” self had had the access to all the wonderful
      yarns available today.

      April 30, 2019

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