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A classic underachiever, that was me. Add,...

A classic underachiever, that was me. Add, procrastinator, person who never finished anything, and throw in a low self esteem, and you had a pretty good idea of what I was up against when I learned to knit 21 years ago.

I was pregnant with my second child, and I couldn't cross-stitch, because all those little squares started swimming around when I looked at them. It didn't help that the project I was working on at the time was done in the nastiest shades of sickly greens, either. But I needed something to do with my hands.

I noticed a local furniture store(!) also gave knitting lessons, so I signed up. It could have been a disaster. The shop was owned by the snobbiest woman in town, the text was something called, "The Right Way To Knit", and I was already run ragged by an overactive two year old with an undiagnosed autistic spectrim disorder.

Fortunately, the teacher,Judy had infinite patience and a wonderful sense of humor. My first attempts left me swearing, crying, vowing to quit forever. My husband urged me to do so, which made me determined to stick with it!

I finally gave up on the over-ambitious sweater I was trying to do for my two year old, and with Judy's secret encouragement, left the snooty yarn/furniture store for the local craft store to look for a project that really "spoke" to me. She said when I found it, I would find I would have much less trouble.

She was right. My first completed project was a LACE baby blanket, jacket, booties and bonnet for my daughter to be!

Through knitting, I have learned, I CAN finish what I start. I DO have patience! I can try new things with confidence!

I have gone back to school and taken math courses, for my own enjoyment, learned to sing, raised my autistic son, done all kinds of things. Yes, I do believe knitting helped me to do these things, because when I find myself thinking I can't finish something, I remind myself that I learned to knit, and I FINISH beautiful heirloom quality items.

Oh, guess what! That baby I knit for? She is now a lovely young woman who took up knitting only three weeks ago, is now knitting socks on double-pointed needles, and is also designing her own hand-knit shoulder bags and purses!

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