Our read­ers re­spond to Kara’s ques­tion in the au­tumn is­sue about the spark that ig­nited their knit­ting jour­ney.

Creative Knitting - - CREATIVE LETTERS -

My mother learned to knit in the Con­ti­nen­tal style from our neigh­bor, a Ger­man woman. I, too, wanted to learn, be­ing about 7 years old at the time. She showed me the me­chan­ics, but she was left-handed, so the mo­tions didn’t trans­late. I ex­per­i­mented and played around, fi­nally ar­riv­ing at a sat­is­fac­tory method for knit­ting. And knit I have!

I’m now almost 77 years old and just dis­cov­ered that my style is called East­ern Euro­pean. My knit­ting goes with me ev­ery­where. When I was young we didn’t have won­der­ful mag­a­zines like Cre­ative Knit­ting, but I’m glad we do now!

—Doris When I was 10, my mother’s Ger­man friend taught me to knit. Through the years, I prac­ticed, but I never made any­thing. I wanted to make a sweater for my hus­band after we mar­ried. I learned about a knit­ting class at our lo­cal Sears. After we had each cast on, I sud­denly re­mem­bered what I had been taught all those years be­fore! The in­struc­tor was new and told me I would never get any­where with the method I was us­ing be­cause I didn’t “throw” the yarn. With my Con­ti­nen­tal method, I turned out to be the best knit­ter in the class.

My hus­band and I just cel­e­brated our 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary, and knit­ting has played a con­stant role in my life all along.

—Carol Ann I de­cided to go back to school to com­plete my master’s 5 years ago. The best op­tion for me was on­line classes, but I quickly learned I hated them! To give my­self in­cen­tive to fin­ish my home­work, I de­cided to take up knit­ting! I was not al­lowed to knit un­til my school­work was done. I fin­ished my first scarf, and now I’m ad­dicted.

The first time I read a new pat­tern, there’s a good chance I won’t have the skill to com­plete it, but I keep study­ing it and then I’m off!

I’m teach­ing my 6-year-old grand­daugh­ter to knit. As I see the “spark” ig­nite in her, I am grate­ful to the bor­ing classes that drove me to my new love of knit­ting.

—Theresa

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