San Francisco, CAUSA
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
January 1, 2012
I technically started knitting in my early teens, so about 15 years now or half my life (yikes), but I didn't get started knitting regularly until I was 18 so I guess it's only been about 10 years, which still qualifies me as an old hand. I think. My current obsession is lace knitting and I'm knitting all the shawls for myself and my bridesmaids for my upcoming wedding. I have mine finished as well as 1 and half of the bridesmaids. I have two more to go before my May 12th wedding, so I have to be focused to get finished! Periodically I take a break from lace knitting for my wedding to knit a stuffed animal for friends who have babies, or a hat or scarf as a gift, but this past year as been all lace, all the time.
I like to knit lots of things and have knitted lots of things in the past-- sweaters, socks, flowers, baby dresses, dog sweaters, bracelets, gloves, blankets, jewelry... but my very favorite things to make are toys. They are quick, have interesting patterns to follow, use soft, natural fiber yarns, and are so cute when you're done! I find socks to the be most annoying-- all that work and then people but them on their feet! Just makes me crazy :) I always give my things away. I have only ever kept a very few things for myself-- a matching hat and glove set (because I needed them in the Michigan winters) and I'll be keeping my wedding shawl. But when a friend admired my gloves, I did go right home and make her some! I don't sell my work because then it would become "work" and quite possibly ruin all the fun.
I first stated knitting at age 15 as part of a school project. We were reading "The Crucible" in English class and we were tasked with undertaking some project in the manner of the pilgrims-- e.g. churning butter, hand sewing a quilt, etc. I chose knitting a scarf. My mom knew the basics of knitting and purling but she didn't know how to cast on or bind off so we had to go over to our next door neighbor's house for help at these stages as she was a more accomplished knitter. Oddly enough, this scarf was kind of ambitious for a beginning knitter-- ribbed and striped with alternating colors of yarn and the end result was both short and lumpy with ends of the switched colors hanging loose. I didn't knit much again until college (age 18) when I took a real class offered by my dorm and learned how to knit a hat (and how to cast on and bind off). After that, there was no stopping me and I've been spending more money that I ought on yarn, patterns and needles ever since!
I'd love to learn more about crocheting. I only know the basics right now and would like to know more so I can finish some of my knitted pieces better. Other things I'd like to learn to do better: picking up stitches to knit, better ways to fit a sweater (sometimes mine come out not so well fitted...) and how to make sure armholes are comfortable and not binding. Currently the ways I do these things are all self taught and look kind of messy. Oh, and I'd love to try double knitting! It looks interesting but like it would take a long time. Fair aisle knitting is also something I'd like to try, but I hate weaving in ends, so we'll see :)
I',m a 29 year old recent transplant from Michigan to California and I'm hoping that in the middle of starting a new job, finishing my dissertation and planning a wedding (!) I'll still be able to find time for my knitting.