Cathie P.


Austin, TX

Member since:

August 15, 2014

Who taught you how to knit/crochet and how long have you been doing it?

I was taught by a friend when I was 10. My first project was a simple vest. I have made a lot of shawls, scarves, lace collars and dish clothes over the years. About 4 years ago I found a great book on crochet and from that made my first pair of socks, and I love them! Since then I have made sweaters for each of my daughters and am finally about to make something for me!

What's your favorite fiber?

I've done a lot with crochet cotton. My recent projects have been merino wool/blends. I have a pattern I want to try that calls for silk or bamboo yarn, but have read that these can be difficult to gauge because they can stretch. I would also like to try alpaca which I am told is really soft.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with loads of cashmere and rosewood needles (or hooks), what would you make?

When I thing of a deserted island I think tropical, so probably something light and airy for during the day. Maybe a nice warm blanket for the cool evening. Both would feel nice against the skin.

For you, does knitting/crocheting seem like it's going to be a passing fancy or a lifelong passion? (Hint: If you've been doing it for more than 3 years, I think we already have your answer.) :)

Hmmm. I'm 55......started when I was 10....45 years and going strong! I also want to work on my knitting. I have problems with my stitches getting really tight. I have heard that is a problem with a lot of knitters who learned how to crochet first and that I should learn the Continental style of knitting. Can anyone help me?


I have just moved to Austin from Maine. My son/family live in Austin and my daughter/family live in Killeen. I am very excited to be closer to them. Also looking forward to making new friends!

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