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Never too old to learn something new
Created By: Annie Skarie

I didn't learn to knit until I was 58 years old. My husband & I had usually wintered in AZ and one year a girl friend and I decided to learn how to knit - her idea, but I was the one who feel in love with it. I needed to find myself a hobby that didn't take up a lot of room - we lived in a 5th-wheel at an RV park in the winters. I have always been a "crafty" sort of person - I sew, quilt, crochet, braid rugs, etc. But this was the ultimate in hobbies for me. I so enjoy making things for the grandkids and they get a kick out of receiving what grandma has made for them. This past winter I was laid up after having surgery on my ankle and couldn't get upstairs where my craft room is located. The one thing I could do was knit. I made sure that before I had my surgery I stocked up on yarns and patterns to be at the ready for me while I was on the couch with my leg up in a cast. All I could think of was "thank goodness I can knit!" while I was laid up for so long. I made so many hats and scarves, etc. during that time I now have Christmas gifts already made for the grandkids. Now I'm working on items for #11 grandbaby due in May - bibs, booties, hats, etc. There's always a reason to knit because I'm always finding new patterns on-line, in magazines and books that I just have to try. My husband finally had to buy me a bookcase to hold all my magazines and books that I've collected over the years, but I now need a larger one. I have 3-ring binders filled with patterns I've collected over the years. Knitting for me has been a Zen sort of thing - soothing and relaxing (even when I make a mistake). It's a great way to get into a "happy place" after a long, hard day. It might have been my friends idea to take the class, but I'm the one who has stuck with it all these years and I couldn't ask for a hobby that's been more enjoyable. My husband teases me about my "yarn stash" and all the different sized needles I have, but he also knows how much pleasure I get out of knitting. So when I come out of a yarn store with a big bag of yarn, he just smiles at me and laughs.

This is something I wish I had learned a long time ago, instead of waiting until my senior years. I had no idea that it was so much fun and pleasurable. I'm going to get some "kid friendly" knitting needles - had one grandson ask if I would teach him how to knit after he saw me making slippers. Isn't that great?! His younger sisters also want to learn. So maybe grandma will have a chance to pass this wonderful craft on to some of her grandchildren and they won't have to wait until they're in their 50's to learn how to knit as I did.

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