Friday, July 18, 2008

Knitting History

I have been in love with crafts for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, I loved coloring books, making loop potholders, and baking in my Easy Bake oven. I would take little pieces of string and cloth and make clothes for my Barbie dolls. In the summer, I would make gimp bracelets. I loved Brownies and Girl Scouts because we always tried new crafts. When I was about 10 or 11 years old my Aunt Mary came to stay with us for the summer. She was knitting an aran sweater full of cables and fancy stitches. I would just sit in awe and watch her knit. She got out some extra yarn and needles and taught me how to knit. I made a garter stitch potholder.

I would not really knit again until I was newly married and working with other women who enjoyed crafts. They taught me cross stitch and then helped me refine my knitting skills. One of my first sweaters I made was for my son when he was a baby. Of course I still have it. It's a sentimental keeper. When I brought it out, I was surprised to see a zipper in it, and the seams looked so nice. This is something I would be afraid to attempt now. My co-workers must have helped me through it.

Again it would be over 10 years before I would pick up my knitting needles again (except for a few scarves). I had heard knitting was good for your memory and I was having a lot of brain freezes. I really think it has helped. It's my creative outlet and I can't imagine my life without it!



5 comments:

kim said...

Such a cute, little cardigan! I've been afraid to attempt putting zippers into my knits. That looks great!

Alison Boon said...

I haven't tried zipper either but I must say it looks very neat and professional and gives it a whole new finish. Great to hear your knitting journey.

FunctionalPlaces said...

Great post - it's fun to pull out the sentimental items and remember the work that went into them! THOSE are the things people should keep and hang on to.

TLCknits said...

so so cute!.. I love it...I haven't dared to try zippers yet... some day ;)

amanda said...

What a lovely post! And that's a classic baby knit you have there. It'd look just as good on a baby today!