How I Started Knitting
On my 10th birthday, my Auntie Kim bought me the Boye Knitting starter kit and a skein of Red Heart Yarn. I wish I could say that this is when my beloved hobby began, but that’s not how it worked out. At the time it was too difficult and then I stashed it away never to be found again.
Fast forward to a twenty-year-old broke college student looking for a way to make thoughtful gifts for friends and family while on a budget. I went to a local Michael’s craft store, bought the same Boye starter kit from when I was ten, and went back to my dorm. This time around, something just clicked. I was actually able to produce something. After some time and struggling, I was able to produce a scarf** that I decided to give my mother.
**I use the term “scarf” loosely–it had many holes from dropped stitches, uneven edges, and it was too short to even be considered a scarf but somehow my mother wrapped that thing around her neck and wore it proudly. Mom’s are good like that.
The more I practiced, the better I got. At this point, I could only knit square and rectangular items and only knew two basic stitches. I found that I only pulled out my knitting stuff in the cozy fall and winter months. It was just a passing craft.
Fast forward again to a twenty-three year-old woman working at a campground in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It was one of my first jobs out of college and I was living away from my new boyfriend–a boyfriend that I just knew was someone fantastic (Mr. Geek himself). My mom had sent up my box of knitting supplies to the beach. I thought it was a stupid idea because it was summer–I was at THE BEACH!
But gone were the days of going downtown, staying out late at the bars with friends, and flirting with boys. I had to work the next day! I had also found someone I truly cared about. So I turned back to my knitting for cozy evenings watching a movie or sitting on the porch of the campsite.
And this time, it was serious.
I was teaching myself new stitches and patterns–other than square items. Anything and everything–I did it! My supplies expanded into circular needles and double pointed needles. More and more yarn took over my tiny bedroom. I was scouring the internet for tutorials and videos. I was pinning new patterns to try.
That was the summer of 2012 and I haven’t put down the needles since. I even taught myself to crochet just last year.
3 Reasons Why You Should Knit Too
Cup of tea. Project in hand. Maybe I’ll be front of the television or listening to a book. Yes, that sounds like a wonderful end of the day activity–especially in the fall and winter when outdoor activities and daylight may be limited. Stress gets left behind. It’s just you, your project, and only additional entertainment if you want to.
Calm a Busy Brain and Body
Jane E Brody wrote in this New York Times article about bringing her knitting to class in college. She says, “As I’d discovered in college, when my hands are busy, my mind stays focused on the here and now.” I could not have said it better myself. I am not ashamed to admit that I cannot sit still! Knitting helps calm me down so I can focus on the present instead of focusing on “staying busy.”
Sense of Accomplishment & Pride
Creating something from start to finish feels AMAZING–especially when it is a gift for someone else.
Are you a knitter or crocheter? I’d love to hear your story in the comments.
Are you someone who wants to learn? How can I help you start knitting or crocheting? What is your biggest challenge so far? Please share in the comments.