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I have always been fascinated by knitting...
Created By: Robyn Hohensee

I have always been fascinated by knitting and crocheting. As a child I remember watching a favorite babysitter crochet and begged her to teach me how. She tried, but was not real patient with me. It wasn't until junior high school that I formally learned how to crochet in Home Ec class. I crocheted a granny square and kept going until it became a blanket! It was so much fun I couldn't stop! I became addicted at that time and made many afghans for family and friends. My father cherishes the one I made him 20 years ago to this day! Aside from crocheting, knitting always held an interest for me too, but I did not have anyone to teach me until my Grandmother came for a visit in 1989, during Christmas. She loved to knit those dish clothes and I asked her to please teach me how to knit. She did and I picked up some basics from her like casting on and knitting and purling. I played around with it for a bit and then put it away until 2001.



2001 was a bad bad year for our country. 911 deeply depressed me. Fortunately, professionally things were looking up for me as my husband and I had four hair businesses that were really making a profit. I am a hairstylist by trade and so using my hands to be creative with is something that is innate to me. During this time we had endless business meetings and had to travel to each salon to check on the hairdressers. My husband, being the excellent business man (and chatter box!)that he is spent many many hours on his cellphone as we would travel to our salons. It would drive me insane as I felt like I had nothing to do but sit there and listen to him babble on and on. I felt like I was not being productive and realized, okay I need to fix this. Then a brilliant thought came to my mind. Why don't I pick up knitting again so I can have something to do in the car? So I went to a local craft store, bought some knitting needles, yarn and a how-to-knit book. I had forgotten alot of what my Grandmother had taught me, but studied the diagrams and quickly caught on. I began making those dishclothes. I loved it! From there, I taught myself more complicated stitches and began making scarves (hundreds of them!) mittens, socks, and sweaters. Knitting gave me a sense of accomplishment and is such a wonderful creative outlet that I no longer was annoyed by my husband doing business all of the time. Ofcourse I have given away a lot of my work and the recepients are always impressed and thrilled. I get such a sense of satisfaction out of designing and creating every piece I knit/crochet. Working with my hands, feeling the textures of the yarn and seeing how my project unfolds is always such a high for me. In a strange way, knitting/crocheting also helped me to work out my fear and sadness over 911 and the Iraqi War. Working with my hands and using my mind to figure out pattersn helps to soothe and comfort me during the hard times our country is facing now. The results of knitting/crocheting are creating beautiful and original garments that people will cherish and I also get to give them a little bit of my heart and soul in each piece.



I am proud of the fact that I am mostly self-taught. It makes me feel confident in myself and my abitlies when I figure out a complex pattern without help from anyone. I know there is not a thing wrong with seeking help from more experienced knitters/crocheters, but being the independent person I am it does my heart good to know I can learn this craft all by myself. Now, I have taken some classes at the local yarn store and have picked up some wonderful tips from fellow knitters. It is nice to be around other women who have the same love and passion for the craft as I do. It is good to know there is help if I do get stumped, but I tend to like to go it alone.



Knitting for charity is another big plus for me. My local yarn shop is always invlolved in knitting dolls for African children with aids and knitting/crocheting pink ribbons to raise money to help find the cure for breast cancer. I love to partake in these events as it makes me feel uselful knowing I am using my talent to help make the world a better place.



I hope to one day pass this amazing hobby onto my granddaughters someday. I don't have any grandchildren yet (only 2 sons), but I do daydream about having a little granddaughter to share this craft with like my grandmother did for me. Hopefully if I am lucky enough to be blessed with a granddaughter she will be interested in learning like I was. I think it is important to pass the love of knitting/croheting on to each generation to keep it alive forever.





 
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