8/23/07

The very 1st time and it was June …

2007, I was home alone and needed something new and challenging to do. I had finished a crochet project for my daughter (the Lila Cardi), but was experiencing that need to do something more. I sat at my computer humming along to whatever was playing as the computer booted up. As I pulled out my keyboard tray, laying there was my 2006 Vogue Knitting mag. (I could’ve sworn the model on the cover was whispering to me...knit, knit, knit). Just as the computer announced it was ready for my blogging marathon - it hit me… Knitting!!! I’d tried several times to learn how to knit and just couldn’t grasp it, but always purchased knit mags to inspire me. I jumped up, ran to my craft room and pulled out my Knitting Made Easy DVD and prepared to learn how to knit. I spent a good 4 hours practicing. After about an hour of practicing cast-ons, I was humming… I can do this! - I can do this! - and continued on. By the third hour, I started thinking why learn to knit when I can crochet, the act of learning how to pierce a loop, yo and carry it over to the right needle and trying to avoid piercing my belly button was becoming too much to bear. The craftiness in me egged me on and in no time I was knitting and purling. I am still learning how to pick-up dropped stitches, control my tension and read patterns. So far I’ve managed to make 3 garments (Summertime Tunic -1; Summertime Tunic 2; Ballet Tee - Modified) and mixed crochet in too.. Crocheting & Knitting… what a perfect combination.

I would like to hear about your first time and name one of your proudest pieces.

13 comments:

April said...

Well, I can tell you my first time will come after Christmas, after I have crocheted all of my gifts for the year. i.e. when I have time to breathe again! haha!

You learned such a short time ago and are tackling so many wearables!

Nik said...

Heh.

I crocheted a lot before I learned to knit. I only made afghans though, because I thought that crocheted sweaters looked "old lady-like" (that was before I knew that crochet can be stylish. You and Erica B taught me that). The reason I wanted to learn to knit was so that I can make more professional looking sweaters.

I was lying in bed teaching myself to knit from a "how to" book. I threw the needles across the room my first time. I didn't know HOW on earth to hold the needles...how to hold the yarn...how to hold the needles and yarn AT THE SAME TIME.

I had to put the swatch away until I calmed down. The next day, I was determined to get it done. My first project was supposed to be a scarf, but I got bored with it after the first couple of rows and decided that I wanted to make a sweater. I did, and the rest is history.

Lesalicious said...

I love the shirt you made for your daughter. I don't knitt yet but, would like to learn. I tought myself how to crochet and have to say I am so proud of myself for how far I've came been crocheting for now about a year and a half have to say I am proud of ALL my work. Even when I make a mistake I know next time I can do better. I am always patting myself on the back for a job well done. I think I am more proud of my daughter for wanting to learn to crochet. :) Thanks for sharing your story Sheila:) Love reading your blog.

Christie said...

Hmmm...I to like each new project more than the last.

My proudest crochet project is probably the Sweetpea shawl. It was my first project and I was just so amazed that I did it after so much time knitting.

My proudest knitting project has to be the Rebecca tunic. It wasn't hard, it wasn't challenging, but since it's been off the needles, I wear it at least once a week...and sometimes twice a week if the same people don't see me!

Adrienne said...

My first time was Feb 2, 2007 lol and my proudest piece....ummm, so far...has to be Green Gable. It's my most FAV top!

Virtuous said...

SO glad you stuck to learning how to knit! YAH!

LOL @ blogging marathons...that is so true!

Here is a link to my story:
http://crimsonpurl.blogspot.com/2007/03/i-finally-did-it.html

My proudest knit to date....Lizard Ridge...I really plan to show an F.O. on it soon! LOL

Mary Sarah said...

Hi There! I know what you mean! I've been crocheting off and on for a long time. I understand what I'm doing and know how to fix mistakes. The first time I tried knitting my tension was so tight that after a couple of rows, I couldn't get the needle in a stitch. I tried again (a couple years later) and learned to relax a little, but I kept thinking "I can crochet a lot faster!" I tried again (more years later) and made a few dishcloths, but everyone came out with a hole in them. ? I'm trying again now and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. I'm still slow and I don't know how to pick up dropped stitches, but I can knit and purl. I'm not brave enough yet to try a sweater, but I'm sure there's hope ... in a few years!

gold said...

I am still a beginner at crocheting.So I have to say the project I am most proud of is the hats I am making for my family with my son's school colors on it!!

You are going to have to e-mail me the information on the tape you watched to learn how to knit!!

Mimi said...

I could have knit sweaters and crocheted hats for the dinosaurs I have been at this so long. I still notice my mood will affect the tension. I know it was hateful for me to tell you this....truth hurts, but you may be one of the special gifted ones that this eventually clears up.

My fav. thing I have made is a wildlife afghan. That was 30 years ago. My Ky mom (Wp. Mom) told me I could never do it and not to waste money on the kit. It is out for all to see and I smile everytime I look at it. Thank you Ky mom ;) I must add this even after 30 years I still remember the joy in showing it to her.

anna said...

well, my mom saw an advertisement for a new knit shop that was opening up about 3 years ago. i guess she sensed my stress over grad school and convinced me to hop in the car and check it out. less than a month or so later, i was signed up for a knitting 101 class....the rest is history! :-D i learned the basics, but taught myself SSK, K2TOG, K3TOG, cabling, etc., etc. by myself.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing your stories. I am so addicted now, and loving the ability to incorporate crocheting.

Valerie said...

The first time I ever picked up knitting was at my boyfriend's mother's house. She was really sick and she was trying to learn new things to keep herself occupied around the house. So Grim's brother got her a knitting certificate. When she started learning I hung out and she taught me when she figured it out. The first scarf I ever made was soooo wrong. -=giggle=- I was purling instead of knitting, I was using huge needles and really thin yarn so it came out weird looking. -=giggle=-

The piece I am most proud of. My Ysolda Opera gloves. They were lace up corset gloves and it was the first really project I tried. Only problem is that it turned out I was allergic to the yarn. -=Le Sigh.=-

NikkiJ said...

Yep, tighten the yarn after sliding the last stitch you made past the point. Don't tighten it like you tyeing your shoes. It should still be able to slide easily. Great T.