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When I was young, maybe around seven or eight...
Created By: Jill Grusak

When I was young, maybe around seven or eight years old, I asked my aunt to teach me how to knit. She crocheted too, but I liked the knit stich better because I thought it looked more like what came from a store bought knit. She was a Continental knitter and I never got the hang of it. The funny thing was I could purl endlessly, but the knit stich made me crazy. I could never get the yarn to be tight enough on my finger and I was always dropping stiches. I gave up quickly in frustration. Then about a year and a half ago, I was standing in a bookstore one day and my mother offered to buy me a book, her treat. While wandering around looking for my husband, I went into the craft section. Sitting right in the middle of a big display were a bunch of flashy new knitting books. I had read in many magazines and online what a revival knitting was enjoying, but had never imagined books like these existed. I quicly picked one out and proceeded to show it to my mom. Imagine my mother's surprise when I told her that was the book that I wanted. She asked me are you really going to learn to knit? What about supplies? I told her not to worry, there was a big craft store near me that I figured would have everything I would need. I also figured it might give me something to do while my husband was out of town on and off for the next few months, leaving me close to home with a six month old puppy.

For the next month I just looked it over and got an idea of what I would need. The day after my husband left I headed to the craft store and bought a learn to knit kit and some worsted yarn and started that day. I made a swatch, using the English method this time, and was extremely surprised by how much easier I found it to control the yarn and needles. It turned out with just a few mistakes. From there I moved on to other projects. I made a few mistakes along the way, like a way to large caplet, which taught me gauge is everything, to a cute fuzzy shrug that my boss told me looked like a rat on my shoulders. From those I learned a few lessons and moved on from trendy yarns to more traditional yarns like wool and arcylic and blends. Imagine my husband's surprise when he came home to find that I had knitted him my first hat in the round. He was so happy to have a helmet liner to keep his head warm while he's out snowboarding around the country!

Since then I have moved on to other projects that bring me great satisfaction, like knitting hats and booties for my first nephew to keep him warm this past winter and Save the Children hats for charity. For Christmas my mother was treated to a hat and matching scarf that was an excellent complement to her winter coat that she loves to wear. For myself I completed a lovely chunky ribbed scarf and my first sweater recently. I'm working on a lovely ribbed wool sweater and also my first toy, a little bunny rabbit for my niece.

I've found the quiet meditation that knitting brings calms me down in just about any situtation and is better than a book anytime you have idle time on your hands. When my mother had to have surgery this past fall, I brought my knitting bag with me and by the time she was in recovery I had knitted my one year old niece the cutest baby hat. Watching me knit was also entertaining for her too, as she was just fascinated by the shiny needles and moving yarn and it helped to take my mind off the stress of the situation. I also find it helps after a hard day in tech support, with it's constantly ringing phones and junior techs with their endless questions. It's nice to come home and settle down on the couch with my dogs and just knit something. And seeing those first stiches blossom into something larger brings me such a wonderful sense of accomplishment. I always thought I couldn't but didn't know how good I could be until I tried it again. My mother just marvels at all the things I've knitted, and loves to tell me how proud my aunt would be of me.

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