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knitting therapy
Created By: Toni Ritchey

my first memory of knitting is when i was about 11 or 12. my friend and i had been playing outside in the snow all day. i came into the house and was warming up in our basement gameroom where it was nice and warm by the furnace, drinking a cup of cocoa. at one time, my mom must have knitted (although i do not ever remember actually seeing her knit), so i picked up a pair of needles and some green rug yarn and knitted a good size rectangle, intending to make a hat. i sewed up the side seam and gathered the top together, then added a huge pom pom. i was so proud of myself! i can only imagine what it must have looked like but i wore it proudly. i wish i still had it as a momento. about 15 years later, when my second son was born, i had a real desire to really learn, so i took a class on knitting at a local yarn shop in aspinwall, pa. i took the classes with my infant son sleeping on my lap! since i already knew the basic idea, i took on a horizontal cable sweater for my first project and it turned out beautifully. oh if only i could still fit into it! but i do still have it! that was it for me! i have been addicted ever since and was constantly knitting things for my three children. however, after they reached a certain age, they no longer appreciated 'home-made' sweaters, so my knitting was reduced to making dishcloths for years. i use nothing but them to wash dishes and i was constantly just giving the extras away.

last year (2006), i was at a local country market, and was admiring some knitted items for sale there when i got the bug again. i am hardly ever without my knitting anymore. in 2004 my father passed away and my mother moved to her hometown, which is 2 1/2 hrs from here. so of course my knitting bag goes with me and i can get so much done on the round trip. you will hardly ever find me at either a class or sitting in front of the tv without my knitting in my hand and i try to learn something new as often as possible.

i have found that i am much more relaxed when i am not only doing something i love but accomplishing something beautiful at the same time. my daughter who is now almost 18, loves the purses i have been knitting and felting and i am in the process of now being one of the fiber artists who sell hand knitted items at the same country market!

lion brand wool is one of my favorites, especially for it's felting qualities.

thanks so much!
toni ritchey

ps - i just finished a felted purse with your lion brand color sage and it is beautiful! i can send a picture of it if desired.

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