I rather like my story of how I came to be a knitter.
My grandmother was a knitter, an amazing knitter, one of those old ladies that tuck’s one needle under her armpit and then just pumps out garments like a machine. Growing up we had beautifully knitted clothes all the time. Of course we hated them – maybe they didn’t have luxurious soft wool back in those days because I just remember everything being so itchy! So she started me (and my brothers!) off, she taught us a basic knit stich, the three of us would spend hours at her house just knitting little rows (we were very slow and there were many a slipped stitch, which my grandma would always fix). That’s about as far as I got with my knitting with nana, she used to cast on for me and as I child I never made it to the casting off bit haha! However, I still maintain that she sowed the seed (an extremely slow germinating seed!) for my future love of sewing!
Years went by, my grandma sadly passed away and some years on I finished school and started a degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). No – contrary to many peoples beliefs I didn’t actually learn to knit (or basket weave for that matter) in my OT studies – although I do admit to being a total cliché of an OT (with my cooking, sewing, knitting etc…). I started learning to knit again from a number of my patients over years of clinical placements whilst studying.
The first lesson learned was at an aged day care centre in Croydon where a little old lady taught me how to cast on (I was only there for a week so I didn’t actually get to the cast offing stage).
My second lesson was at a residential rehabilitation centre in Shepparton where a patient taught me how to cast off (of course!) and my final lesson was at Sunshine Hospital in the Aged Mental Health Program where a little old lady taught me how to do a purl stitch.
Of course now I learn new things all the time – mostly from the angels at Wondoflex yarn shop in Malvern, and of course the internet is an incredible resource too (I hope this blog will eventually contribute to that). However, I do really like my humble and romantic beginnings into the knitting world, and I like it here, so I think I’ll stay! I would love to know everyone else stories!
Please comment and let me know what got you into your knitting or crocheting?
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