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Let's Hear It For The Boy
Created By: Steven Espinosa

I was forced into knitting. I was asked by the owner/friend of a quilt/knitting store to take a class on knitting. I adamantly refused! "I am a quilter and I have no desire to learn to knit." I said. To which she replied, "Nonsense, besides, the newspaper is going to be here and I want to see some male representation." My friend, the owner of this store is pretty persuasive, so I agreed and came to class 2 days later.

To my relief, there were other males in class. But, I was alone, for these "others" were with wives/girlfriends and mostly expecting the arrival of a precious bundle of first time joy. The only thing I was expecting was sheer frustion by looking at these over sized toothpicks.

My friend was the teacher and started off with the history of knitting, basic terminology, types of yarn, needles in their various shapes and sizes, and other notions (not just for quilting). I remember using my Mother's never used metal needles for play weapons as a child. Who knew they could make so many wonderful things.

Now it was time to play pick up sticks. First we learned how to hold them! I grasped mine like I was going to plunge into someones chest (I am a murder mystery fan, what can I say). This is not the correct way to hold your needles. We learned the slip stitch, and were told about numerous ways to do cast on. With that learned, we all cast on stitches. Then we were off with knitting. I started a black wool scarf and knitted about 4 inches by the time class was over. Before leaving the store I purchased a knitting book with tons of information. At the time I didn't realize that I was hooked.

Later at home, I decided that there wasn't enough color to my knitting and it needed a punch. I had purchased 2 skeins of yarn so I had color, but I didn't know what to do with it. I read my new book. NIRVANA....

That night I stayed up way to late, but I had taught myself to purl, how to use cable needles, how to change yarn color, and much more. The next day was a shopping spree of yarn and needles. Never say shop til the trunk is full, if you drive a Suburu. Those suckers hold a lot of yarn! Also, know your space, I didn't have the room mind you, I have a completely filled craft room with all my 15 years of quilting NEEDS. Yes, they are needs! But, yarn smushes so nicely into nooks and crannies and fills up spaces so nicely.

During my shopping spree, I found sock yarn and double pointed needles (dpn). YIKES...hand knitted socks. I decided I had to at least try. So I bought dpn and the coolest self stripping sock yarn you had ever laid your eyes on. Later that night, I master sock knitting. I read, tore out, read some more, unkitted (see I am still learning), read even more, and unknitted out a few more rows, actually, I started again, and again, and again. But I did get it. Now I teach sock knitting. You haven't lived until you have a pair of your own sock on your feet made with your own hands. Just remember, "little things mean a lot", even if you give unto yourself!

My knitting goal is to teach anyone who wants to learn. I can teach lefties to knit too. I felt sorry for my Mom who had no crafty gene for trying to learn to knit. She was a lefty! No one could teach her. I remember her frustration in trying to use her right hand. She couldn't do it. I told her I knew that she could. I reminded her that she used her right hand to swat my behind when I was bad!

To make knitting magazines and websites stop using the terms: she, her, ladies, women, gals, and chicks and use something a little more non sexist. Lets face it, knitting has been around for centuries and knitters come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. We are female and male, Ying and Yang, well, you get the idea.

I say, lets knit and make the world a better place. No matter who you are!

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