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December 23, 2011

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Roberta

I have been knitting for a little over two years now. A teacher at the school that I worked at taught me and I have now helped my daughter learn.

Stephanie

My friend Jess taught me about 5 years ago. We worked together, so she'd help me out at lunch. If i hadn't had someone to follow up with me, I don't know that I would have kept up with it. I've taught myself to crochet recently, though imagine my surprise when I went through my deceased mother's things and found a Teach-Yourself-to-Crochet kit :-)

sprite

I took up knitting in 2004 to give me something to focus on besides politics. My grandmother gave it a shot at teaching me to knit -- and she later gave me some finer points to fix some elbow waving I was doing -- but it didn't totally click until I got home and looked in a book (which is just how I learn best).

I've taught/helped teach a couple people to knit when we were having daily knitting lunches at work.

And I keep at it for the same reason I started -- it helps take me out of my daily life, gives my hands something to do, and helps me to relax.

Denise

I learned to knit from Granny when I was so young I can't remember what she was knitting (my heart tells me it was socks). I was knitting sweaters that won blue ribbons at the fair. Lull after highschool..better things to do you know??? no Then we semi-retired, joined a needlework group and I was hooked again. I think the dyes they use to make such beautiful yarns and the feel of some of the gorgeous stuff has inspired me to never stop.

Julia

My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was ten. I had the chicken pox and it was a good way to keep me from scratching. I eventually stopped because of too many "granny" jokes. I recently picked it up again after a friend learned that I knew how to knit. She got me onto ravelry a couple of months ago and I haven't stopped since. I've learned so much that I think I'll be doing this for a long time to come.

Sara

I picked them up in earnest during college when I made my first sweater, before that I don't think I even made a scarf. That was about 25 years ago.

Denise

I took a learn to knit class at Cass Street Depot in January 2007. I have since taught my daughter how to knit and shared knitting technics with several friends. I will knit until I die because I enjoy it so much. My notions, needles, patterns, and yarn will be given to my knitting friends to share, since I can't take my earthly treasures with me!

Catherine

I taught myself how to knit. I was a teenager...I was about fifteen, so I guess I have been knitting 45 years, give or take. I think somewhere back in the mid 1970s to mid 1980s, I didn't knit every day.
And then I fell into it again with more vigor. Then quilting competed with it for my attention, but I my knitting passion was always there. And now, it has completely won out over most everything else, but reading. I think when I was younger I wanted to dapple in a lot of activities that were out there, and test my reactions, but now, I want to concentrate on knitting.

vanessa

This Thanksgiving was 2 years! I was inspired, oddly enough, by reading a series of novels that were set in a yarn shop. It just sounded so, so cozy and relaxing.

Betsy Kay

Crap .... I missed yesterday, but I already had one of those skiens.... I have been knitting for almost 3 years now....

Leslie B. Fehr

My Grandmother taught me to knit when I was 7/8 and that was about 56 years ago! My first project was a tube on 4 needles. I learned how to crochet at 10 from a 10 cent instruction book a small ball of crochet thread and a steel hook all by myself because I had been told I couldn't learn that way -- I'm hard headed about some things.

Brenda

I was taught, while we were stationed in Japan. That was 11 years ago. I've always wanted to learn how. Thanks to my friend Dana. She taught me how!

Jane

I took some knitting classes as a teenager, but couldn't get the hang of it and quit for 35 years. I taught myself to crochet - my mother tried to show me but she couldn't slow down her movements enough for me to understand. I've been crocheting for 37 years. I finally learned to knit about three years ago, am obsessed, have a huge stash, and feel like something is missing if I don't work on something every day.

Mary T

My mom taught me to knit when I was about 8. I knit off and on until (more off than on) until my mid-forties. Since then I have knit just about every single day.

Sue J

Suzanne Middlebrook who owns Hill Country Weavers taught me to knit about 9yrs ago. I owe her a great debt.............I love and enjoy knitting so very much
THANKS SUZANNE!!!

Ellen

My mother taught me to knit when I was a teenager. I didn't knit for many years, just took it up again a few years ago. I taught my husband's 16-year old granddaughter to knit two years ago and she's now completely hooked. She even started a knitting club at her school.

Vickie

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was young but it never got very far. After losing my job a couple of years ago, I decided to take a "learn to knit" class. I am 62 years old have now been knitting for about 1 1/2 years and am obsessed! Taught a friend to knit just recently. Knitting is the best stress relieve just like a meditation.

Joan

My mom taught me to knit when I was about 8 years old. When I was 18 I wanted to make an afghan. My aunt retaught me how to hold the needles correctly. She told my mom I was never going to get it right. Well I saw her 6 months later the afghan was almost done and I was holding the needles correctly. Now I knit socks and mittens.

Margo

My mother taught me to knit when I was 5 yrs old (53 yrs ago). I was pretty bad at it and didn't have the patience to stick with it. She taught me to crochet when I was ten. I crocheted on and off through high school. About 5 yrs ago I was inspired to crochet again and knitting followed a few years later.
My mother was a master of the all the needle arts I hope to someday be as good as she was.

Megan

I have been knitting since Feb of 2009, so almost 3 years now. It is such a calming and entertaining part of my life, and I am ever so grateful that I am a knitter. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Judith

I learned to knit as a kid - I don't remember exactly but probably before I was 10. I finally learned to purl when I was in college. : )

My mother knits, her mother was also a knitter and my sister knits too. However they are (or were) all continental-style knitters. I am a thrower so we don't know who taught me how to knit - maybe in Brownies.

Irene

my Mom taught my sister and I when I was about 12. I hadn't touch the needles in about 10 years and picked them back up last year. I like the satisfaction when an item is completed.

nina

I've knit a small handful of things over the years for maybe 15 years (ugly things, really), but this past year and a half I discovered Ravelry and all the wonderful designs and inspiration there so I can truly say I am a knitter now!

Andy

I taught myself how to knit and crochet when I was in 5th grade. My father is a knitter as was his mother, but neither of them taught me. My maternal grandmother was a crocheter, but she didn't teach me. I taught myself from books. After I learned, they shared patterns and tips with me. I love it that I learned granny squares from my "granny".

I love to make things. That's what keeps me into it. I love to take sticks and string and make pretty and useful objects for myself and for other people.

Jo

I learned how to knit in 2003. My sorority house mother taught me so I could knit Harry Potter scarves for one of my best friends. I've been knitting ever since!

Heather

I learned to knit in July 2005, and haven't put the needles down since. I love keeping my hands busy, and knitting really keeps my brain focused during lectures and conference calls and meetings.

Lori

I had knit a vest in the 4-H club when I was in Junior High School. I think it must have been tramatizing because I don't remember too much about the experience other than trying to wedge the knitting needle into loops. A couple of years ago I went on a girls getaway and we all took a knitting class together (that was my late 30's). I was completely hooked! I felt myself relaxing and was at such peace with everything. I needed a new craft because with tolepainting and sewing, it was difficult to make projects while helping my kids with homework. I love knitting so much and it has become so much part of my life. I have my sister-in-law hooked now and have tried to teach my mom.

Brenda

I've been knitting 25+ years. When I was in my 20's, I saw my mom teaching herself to knit and said, "Hey, I want to do that, too!" We've both been going strong ever since.

Bobbi

I learned to knit when I was 8, but hated it and didn't start again until my early 20's. I learned to crochet when I was 15 and that too got set aside for some years. Since my 20's I've never been without at least one if not several knitting projects on the go at any one time. Like Allison it was the lure of the beautiful yarns and the peacful relaxing that got me back and kept me hooked. I've taught lots of friends to knit over the years and quite a few young teenagers too in the last few years.

cheryl

I remember the October day 7 years ago -

A 5 yr. old, 2 yr. old, and 5month old were driving me batty so I stuck them in the car and drove to JoAnn Fabrics.
I picked up the Boye "Learn to Knit" kit and taught myself how to loop a piece of string into itself over and over and over in the most beautifully intoxicating way.

And while not able to completely eliminate the batty-ness, knitting afforded me the pleasure of accomplishing a little something each day that didn't (necessarily) need to be put back together, cleaned up or re-done the next day.

I love those little ones that drove me just over the edge so that I could finally see the yarn at the end of the rainbow.

Lynn

My mom taught me to knit when I was 9. I think I did a few squares for a blanket that never got complete. When I was 13 I knit a Barbie Coat. When I was in my early 20s I knit a sweater. At that time I was more into cross stitching and then quilting to do much with knitting. Until my son was almost 3. I wanted to knit him a vest. That was back in 2001 and I havent stopped since! I have taught this son and his eventual sister how to knit, but it's my daughter who keeps coming back to it. I just bought her some yarn because she wants to make me a scarf. I'm thrilled and scared at the same time. Thrilled she's picking up knitting and scared she's gonna want to use my stash!!!!

Joyce

I think I have been knitting for about 8 years now......I taught myself from a "learn to knit" kit I bought at a discount store. I haven't taught others to knit but have helped many people learn new techniques, solve problems, etc. So rewarding to be of help. I get inspiration from Ravelry....I love to spend time just 'cruising' the projects. Color and texture are what do it for me.

Karen

I learned to knit and crochet at the age of 9, almost 50 years ago. At first crocheting was easier, then when I hit college and was broke and knitting blankets and sweaters, I focused more in knitting because it generally requires less yarn.......costs less!

Alison

11 years, though I own a knitting book I've had since the '80s. I have taught someone to knit.

KathyD

I taught myself to crochet from a book when I was around 10, and took a knitting class in my mid-20's. Knowing that I'm a much more patient person when there's something on my needles .. plus all the beautiful yarns on the market .. Inspire me.

Mary

My aunt taught me to knit when I was 10 so I have been knitting for a loooong time. I have knitted off and on all my life. I started on socks about 5 years ago. I love the beautiful sock yarns.

Celeste Culpepper

I have been knitting for 58 years.
My sweet Aunt Mabel taught me to knit at the age of 8, and have been knitting ever since.
Throught out the years what I have loved about knitting the most is that it is very portable.

Jen

I taught myself to knit just after I got married 15 years ago. Things have picked up speed recently with all of the great patterns and blogs that point me to them!

Sue Bray

I've been knitting for about 6 six years. I went to my LYS, Sheep's Clothing and took lessons from a knitter of 50+ years - Judie! I'm still going to Sheep's Clothing to knit every Tuesday to continue to learn new techniques, touch the new yarns and of course buy but most importantly spend time with my great lifelong friends!

Nathanne Verner

My mother taught me to knit when I was 8, and I made a blue scarf in garter stitch that kept getting narrower and narrower as I dropped stitches, and in general it was a mess. That was almost 60 years ago. Then when my kids were little I started knitting again, making kids' sweaters and toys. Over the next 30 years I've knitted nonstop, partly because the yarn now is so beautiful and fun to use, and also some really talented artists are now dying yarn, and designing knits that have elevated knitting to a fiber art. I am now in the process of teaching my grown daughters how to knit, and they are making amazing progress, doing lace and cables after a short time.

Andrea

I've been knitting for 2 years and taught myself through internet videos. I've been crocheting for 10 years and my mother taught me that. I'm really lucky to know a great group of crafty women that continue to inspire me. I recently taught a teacher from my school recently and it was really exciting to pass on the craft and see someone else excited about it!

Margaret

I've been knitting for over 45 years; a friend taught me to knit when my sister was expecting her first child. I taught my daughter to knit as well as a few other people. I enjoy playing with all the new yarns, especially all the wonderful hand dyed sock yarn.

Sharon B

My Grandmother taught me how to crochet and knit when I was about 10 years old. I stopped during high school and college, but found my passion again and I am enjoying myself. I have now taught my 9 year old daughter to knit and she is enjoying it. I love the tradition. I know my Grandma is smiling up in heaven with her crochet needles in hand, sending us crocheted snowflakes for Christmas.

Christine

My mother taught me to knit when I was a little girl so I've been knitting a loong time! I love all the different yarns that are available to choose from. My daughter-in-law recently asked if I'd teach her to knit - unfortunately she lives too far away to be able to do that now.

Carolyn frank

I have been knitting for three years and I am addicted to knitting it relaxes me everyday!!! I was taught by a woman in my church who passed away shortly after teaching me. Our group is still still going strong. I have taught a few new people my passion.

Susie

My first project (50+ yrs ago) was a pair of argyle socks in high school and I can't remember who helped me. A friend in college from Wisconsin really got me going knitting sweaters and I've been knitting every since.

Jeane

My Grandmother taught me to crochet many, many years ago (almost 50) when I was just a baby! I really learned to knit just a couple of years ago with my boss and some co-workers, as a way to relieve stress on a daily basis - and have taken it almost like an addiction ;) I've taught others in our stress group (we call ourselves the shanks - a cross between skein and hank)to crochet and they have learned beautifully...and this year, Christmas presents have all been handmade at lunchtime.

Beverly McCutcheon

I have been knitting for around 50 years - wow - that seems old in print. I have taught several people to knit. I love the relaxation, i love the feel of the fiber, i love the challenge of the math of lace. It is my favorite thing to do.

Sandi B

I started knitting in my 20's. Live got in the way and I quit. Started knitting again in 2008. Love to knit socks.

anne glogovac

My Mom taught me to knit, but until about a year ago I just couldn't get the hang of doing anything other than straight garter stitch. My Grandma taught me to crochet and I seemed to 'get' that better than knitting until I learned to knit continental style. That made all the difference in the world! I have been knitting socks and mittens like crazy for the past year.

Helena Dias

I started knitting when I was about 6 year old. I remember doing a bunch of garter stich dish cloths. The knitting bug took off for good around the age of 12. I truly enjoy it.

Robin

I taught myself to knit about 6 years ago using a book and Internet videos. There's just something addicting about turning yarn into something beautiful and usefull. I've taught a few people, but most haven't stuck with it.

Audra Daughtry

I've been knitting for about three years after teaching myself and crocheting for a year after taking classes because I was just unable to teach myself.

Veronica

My btr started this crazy obsession. His ex wanted to learn but couldn't understnad the instructions and didn't want to take a class. So he read through the instructions in one book and taught himself to cast on and knit stitch, then turned around taught her and my youngest sister. She showed me a long tail cast on which looked very confusing but it bugged me not to know. So went to LYS fell in love with yarn/needles promplty bought and walked confidently out the walked back in and told them I had no idea what to do with 2 needles (crochet yes grandma and mom made sure we all knew that) but 2 needles crazy! They showed me 2 different ways to cast on and a knit stitch. From there taught myself through books and utube videos. Went full circle and taught my btr and youngest sister to purl, increase/decrease etc. Then taught another sister how to knit a scarf. Then there have been several cousins/cousin in laws male and female to knit, hats are very popular with this group and a few friends.

Andi

I love the story of how your learned.
I learned to crochet about 10 years ago. I used to work a Customer service phone job. A girl there used to crochet beautiful blankets and I asked her to show me. It was a great way to pass time in between calls. Knitting I learned from a video on teaching kids to knit. I tried books but they never seemed to work. The video did and now I can't stop knitting! :)

sharon

I taught myself last month and I love it. I usually quilt but finally decided to try knitting and I am very glad that I did!

csaar2002@yahoo.com

A friend in grade school showed me how to knit and purl during study hour. Then I did it for 4-H, and the neighbor farm lady, showed me how to crochet and seam up my knitted dress. Some of my best memories are in her kitchen crocheting and knitting.

Patricia Richardson

When I was 12 years old (48 years ago) I bought a Teach Yourself to Knit book and with yarn and needles in hand, I learned how to knit and purl. Diagrams back then weren't very clear and I could not figure other stitches and techniques on my own and I didn't know anyone who knit to show me. Soooo, I got a Teach Yourself to crochet book, hook and yarn and have been crocheting ever since. For some reason I was able to figure out more complex crochet stitches. I retired five years ago and with the help of on-line videos and teachers at my LYS, I've also become an avid knitter. I love keeping my hands busy and also cross stitch and make jewelry. Knitting and crocheting are my stress relievers and I always have something on the hooks and needles.

LeAnn

I learned to knit from a woman in my mom's group. She's moved on but I still think of her every once in a while.

Tammy M

I've been knitting for about four years now. Got badly injured at work, and couldn't work again so I had to find something to do with my time since I had so much of it. Taught myself to knit, and have been totally addicted ever since. I don't go an hour without a project in my hands! I can't imagine my life without knitting now. I knit for friends, family, myself... once I knit my first pair of socks, I never wore another store-bought sock again!!! Sometimes I feel like it's not normal to love yarn so much, but I don't care. I'm a knitter and proud of it! Happy Holidays everyone!

deetyblue

I learned to crochet at 8, and gave it up soon thereafter. I was inspired to learn to knit two years ago by a friend who always had such interesting colors of yarn. I learned from a library class knitted cast on, knit, purl, and then I discovered all the knitting help on the internets & haven't looked back.

I would loooove to explore dyes and colors and stripes. I think that's my next big project.

Linda

My mother started teaching me to knit and crochet when I was 7. My mother and both grandmothers always had a project going--sweaters, socks or afghans. Then I taught both of my daughters who truly enjoy knitting. So the tradition of having something on our needles at all times continues!

Sharon

Wow, exactly what you said, Allison. I was taught by mom and knit a couple of dishcloths etc... Then I quit knitting for many years until one day I saw some socks in progress and I was hooked. Love the relaxing part of knitting, but also learning new things and new challenges and accomplishments.

Brenna

I've been knitting and crocheting for about 12 years. Various people have taught me, my mom being the main teacher.

Kathy B

I started knitting in 4-H, 40 years ago. Still have my original patterns! Have taught classes at local fabric store; will be teaching some co-workers after the holidays.

Paulette

I've been knitting about 6 1/2 yrs. My friend taught me---and I love it! I consider it a huge blessing in my life (I had just met her and I was admiring her Noro felted purse, and she decided to teach me how to knit---couldn't say No. I'm glad! Oh, and our only child had just moved to CO from WI, so it was good timing for something new to do.)I love the beautiful yarns, the new fun patterns, the comfort and relaxation of knitting---very nice! Always helps me to unwind at the end of a day.

julie

I have been knitting for about 6 years. A friend taught me while we waited for our sons who were taking a class at a rec. center. Mostly, I have taught my kids to knit - but the but they haven't caught the bug yet :)

Annette

I learned to crochet when I was about 10. My grandfather taught me the single crochet stitch.That was about 58 years ago. I have taught several children to crochet and knit.

Kathryn

Since I was a teen. My Mom always knit and I loved the sweaters she made me. When I wanted to learn she sent me for lessons. Smart woman that she was she thought we might aruge and I might get frustrated and not pick it up again. Sending me for lessons would make me want to prove myself to the teacher. Over 30 years later I am reminded that once again she was correct.

Nicky

I originally was taught to knit when I was about 11yo by my next door neighbors mother, Mary. I didn't continue with knitting, but when I was pregnant with my son I decided to give it a try again. So thanks to the internet, I began knitting. That was in 2003- so I've been enjoying knitting for 9 years. Just love the feeling of accomplishment and the fact that I have created something so beautiful.

Julie

My grandma taught me when I was 10 years old. But I was really really bad at it back then. I didn't pick it back up until just 3 or 4 years ago. Pretty much had to start over again with how to cast on and bind off, etc. And this time the internet taught me. ;) But how I hold the needle and actually do the knitting, it was how my grandma used to taught me. I never really taught anybody else since I feel like I'm not really good enough to do so, but I did show a friend how to use DPNs to finish off a hat. As for what kept me into fiber arts, I've always loved it. I also sew and crossstitch, but as soon I came back to knitting, everything else is history. :)

Cecilia David

i learned in Girl Scouts 30+ years ago. I am inspired from many different knitters---some famous and publishing but some just ladies that I knit with weekly. cd

Donna

My grandmother taught me. Later on as a young married I took a class at the local high school. I started to knit again about a year ago after being away for many years. I have helped others to get started on projects.

enidb

I started knitting almost 10 years ago. I crocheted a few years before that with some coworkers, but when I left the job I set it down for a while. This time I've stuck with it.

sophie

I had two aunts that lived together. One was a crocheter and one a knitter. I learned to crochet around 8 years old. It never interested me to learn to knit. When my daughter started college she asked me to take a beginning knitting class with her. I fell in love with it. My daughter has since taken up crocheting instead. I know my aunts would be proud.

Chris

My mom taught me to kmit when I was 21. I used to knit at university-this was in the late seventies-not so cool then! I have knit ever since and I teach knitting at my LYS. I love it -it is so much fun, my techniques have really evolved during the last 10 years

Beth

My dear Grandmother taught me to crochet 40 years ago when I was 8. She had an afgan on her couch that she made and I begged her to teach me how to make the 'holes' in the pattern. I learned to knit after she was gone but I think of her when ever I pick up a bit of string!

Debbie

My mother taught me to knit when I was very young. I've been knitting for more than 40 years. I have taught many others to knit and I love sharing the joy of knitting.

Lynne

I learned to knit in the fall of 1978. Susie Walters taught me -- she was a teacher who shared dorm duties with me at the residential private school where I was a teaching fellow (I was 22). I have taught 3 others: my friend, Colleen, and my 2 daughters.

Susan Hill

Learned to knit when I was 16 years old at a yarn shop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The choices were worsted weight yarns in basic colors. I still have my first quilted navy knitting bag which I bought with my babysitting money. Quit knitting for several years when there were no yarn shops or yarns.

After finding a shop in Dallas, Texas, and with the internet and the gorgeous selection of yarns, my addiction has blossomed again in the last 20 years. I'm now 67 years old, retired and live in the bay area of northern California where yarn shops and beautiful yarns and classes abound. Knitting is my passion. I can't imagine being without my tote bag and a project.

Sandra Keithj

When I was about 8, the babysitter taught me to knit. I didn't carry on with it, but picked it up again as an adult with teenage kids. I took knitting classes and from then on I was hooked. I'm now 71 and still knitting, so I've been at it a long time. I've taught many people to knit. My family and friends love the socks I make and I have a list at least a dozen long of those who want socks. I will likely die with knitting needles in my hands.

Terri

My mother taught me how to knit, at age 10, but I am left handed and was having a terrible time with holding both needles. On a vacation, my second cousin's husband (he was German and use to watch his mother knit), gave me an idea for holding my needles and it worked! Now, I use only circular needles, but if it wasn't for that cousin, who knows if I would have ever been a Knitter!

Dawn

I'm going on 7 years. I first learned from my Gramma when I was like 11 years old. I didn't appreciate it then, nor kept up with it.

However, now knitting is my sanity!

Elaine

I used books to teach myself to knit about 10 years ago. I started knitting nonstop about 3 years ago when I saw sock knitting on Knitting Daily TV and have been hooked ever since. I have taught my daughter and son to knit.

Kristin

I've been knitting and crocheting for about 6 years. I taught myself using books and videos on the internet. I love seeing my progress and have a million things planned to knit!

Cherie

My grandma taught me and my similar-aged cousins to crochet when I was about 7. She had us all come over to spend the night, and gave each of us a cotton hanky, a ball of thread and a teensy hook...and we learned to make lace edgings as our first project! My aunt taught me how to knit when I was somewhere around 12 or 13. I was primarily a crocheter for many years-my high school senior photo shows me wearing a sweater I crocheted myself. When I had my sons I picked up knitting a bit more; they didn't look too good in crocheted sweaters! And then, maybe 10 years ago, I discovered self-patterning yarn, and learned how to make socks, and now? I knit every day, whatever project seems right at the time!

kelly-ann (ravelry)

I have been knitting for 4 years - took an hour long class at Michaels. I left the class thinking there was no way I could do it, but I decided to practice that afternoon while my toddler napped. The rest is history!

Ashley W

Love, love, love this yarn. I learned to knit ten years ago - my first project was a Gryffindor scarf to wear to the first Harry Potter movie.

Janet

I learned to knit about 5 1/2 yrs ago while on maternity leave w/ my 2nd son. My sister wanted me to come learn w/ her at her LYS, but I was 8 1/2 mo pregnant and didn't feel like driving 1 1/2 hrs in winter to do it so I told her she could teach me another time. When she came to see us in the hospital, she had made my son a hat and gave me yarn and needles :)

Deborah

I am sort of new knitter - 4 years and I am self taught. I started knitting during lunch for a mental break and have continued on and it is a great mental break. I am now teaching others how to knit SOCKS!! Gotta pass on the passion.

Melissa

I couldn't agree with you more about the place of knitting in my life. I've veered off into weaving for periods of time, and always love to spin, but through it all there are always a few projects on the needles, and in my hands at every opportunity.
I learned to knit from my "Abuelita", actually my great grandmother, who lived in San Jose, Costa Rica, whom I visited as a teenager.

5elementknitr

My friend taught me in 2003. I taught a friend in 2006.

I've tried to teach my boys (10 & 8) but although they got the basics, they haven't really taken to it much.

Betty Peterson

My paternal grandmother knitted but it was my mum that taught me 1st crochet, then knitting before the age of 5. On/off knitting was part of my hobbies. Recently my hands needed to regain strength and flexibility, and my brain well-being. So knitting returned. What inspires me is the need for warm items amongst homeless and shelters, the ease of care of contemporary fibre, colours, texture and patterns. I would love to teach knitting skills to someone interested. So far no one seems to be... :(

Carolyn

My neighbor taught me to crochet when I was in 5th grade. I still use the lemon yellow, lime green and white ripple afghan (with the very wavy edges) that was my first project. A year later, an aide in junior high taught me to knit. I've been doing both off and on ever since. I've tried to teach my daughters to knit and crochet, but they're not terribly interested in it. My son's girlfriend, however,is showing an interest....

Jenny K

I've been knitting for 6 yrs, mostly self-taught, then learned new techniques from a knitting buddy I acquired a couple of yrs ago. I learned how to crochet as a child from my mom when I was around 8 y.o. Made a wacky acrylic ripple afghan that was draped across our back carseat for years.

Rusty M.

I've been knitting for about 10 years or so. I taught myself to knit from a book "Knitting for Dummies"!
I've taught a few friends and my sister to knit and I just love seeing clothes and other objects come from manipulating some "string and sticks". I find it rather fascinating.

Sharon

My mother=in-law taught me to knit 30 years ago when my first child was born. I have taught both my daughters to knit and worked with our local 4-h group during the knitting projects.

Lynn Beck

I have been knitting for 45 years. I learned to knit when I was on a rainy vacation. A friend's mother taught me to knit.

Charlotte

I learned to knit from my grandmother at about the age of 8 -- that means I've been knitting for over 50 years. I've taught lots of people to knit and I continue to do so. I also spin and weave. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with fibre but it means so much to me.

Gale

I have been kitting since grade school. My mother taught me & have enjoyed it a long time. I have tought my daughter too, she is a beautiful kniter.

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