I began knitting officially in 1998. I say 'officially' because I sort of knew how to knit back in the 70's, but the hobby never took root then. I was self taught. I was terrible at it. I wanted immediate gradification. I had no patience for long projects, problem solving fit issues, learning to correct mistakes, or accepting the fact an item might 'perfect' even if I was the only who could see the error. In 1998, however, I left a life sucking management job and had learned that imperfection was ok. I decided to 'recover' from that profession by learning to knit at a yarn store.
The time was right. Knitting became a life-enhancing hobby that I would be lost without.
Over the years I tried to expand my crafting horizon beyond knitting to other related activities.
|Some Merino and Silk fiber that is waiting for me to|
|Here is a woven shawl I treasure. It was created by my cousin|
using hand spun yarn. The amount of effort for a shawl like
this is enormous.
|Another shawl I made for myself.|
I love that knitting graduated from the 'rocking chair grandmother' status into an activity that is loved by all ages. In fact, weaving and spinning has also experienced a resurgence in popularity. It could be argued that this resurgence is because of knitting.
Knitting, it seems, is the 'gateway drug' to many fiber activities like weaving and spinning for a lot of people.
If you don't knit and are considering learning this habit forming activity, don't say I didn't warn you!