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