Monday, February 05, 2007

I have so much to blather about the trip, I don't even know where to start. So instead, I will respond to Two Sharp Sticks contest/request to tell the story of how I learned to knit.

My story is very anti-climactic. No doting grandmother lovingly teaching me at her knee, no fabulous knitting friend/guru to inspire me. Back in 1991 or 1992 (exact date lost in the mists of time and my faulty memory), I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. So I bought a "So You Want To Learn How To Knit" kit from Woolworth's and some green acrylic yarn and taught myself how to knit. The end.

I was always "crafty" - I always liked making little things. I taught myself basketmaking, needlepoint, calligraphy, crochet, among a million other kooky crafty things. To this day, nothing pleases me more than getting a book and the supplies and trying to figure out how to do something. Not that this is the best or most efficient way to learn, I've found, but the most enjoyable for me.

And in the Ignorance-Is-Bliss Department, here is the first thing I ever knit - an Icelandic cardigan. Colorwork, circular knitting, a steek, double-pointed needles, kitchener stitch - yikes!! I'd think twice about it today! Here it is:

Tomorrow, trippy goodness, and, even though it is 18 degrees here in Philadelphia, it's time to think Phillies Baseball!!


Blogger Liz K. said...

It's just like Eyeknit, who's first sweater was an Alice Starmore design! I love beginner's ambition!

Welcome home!

11:43 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Thank you, Liz!

At work, I tell customers if they're passionate about a project, they'll do it. No need to start with a garter stitch scarf if what you really want to do is a sweater. In fact, I think I told Eyeknit something of that sort when she first came into the store. She had that telltale twitchy knitter's look in her eye; I was pretty sure she could do anything she put her mind to. And look at her now!!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

Holey Moley!
What a 1st project - I am speechless - I am w/out speech!
Welcome home.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also impressed by your ambition as a beginner!
I was wondering if you still have the pattern? I've been looking for something similar but have not been able to find a pattern I like as much as this!

6:25 AM  

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