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Why it becomes a passion for some
Created By: Aniko Kiss

I have been reflecting reading other knitter's stories on how some keep a long love of knitting and others let it fade away to be picked up again at a later time.

My mother knew how to knit but sent me to a lady down the road to teach me. Still not sure to this day why. I had a tendancy to lose stitches and my sister always compensated by adding way too many! When presented with a mangled mess of what resembled a knitted swatch, she would look to the heavens and exclaim "I hate it when you girls start knitting!" in a very exasperated voice.

My sister let it go by the wayside but I kept going till it took me 4 years to complete my first ever beanie. I know, I did lose one needle for 2 of those years! My next beanie took me 4 weeks and then on a day off from school with my first ever pattern in hand, proceeded to knit a beanie in a day!

That was all the encouragement I needed and started profusely knitting throughout my teens. I never realized how possessive I was of my work until I took it to school and my girlfriends would want to take my knitting off me and do some rows themselves. But I would always unpick their work and restart from where I had finished previously because it had to be my OWN work.

My mother taught me how to fix my mistakes and not leave any in my work as it would 'annoy' her if she did that but it was my decision on whether it was good enough for me to leave it that way. Of course I couldn't. It HAD to be perfect.

I knitted a fishing beanie for my dad who was Hungarian and designed it with the flag as a border around the brim. As I wanted it to be a surprise, I looked up in the encyclopaedia and proceeded to design and knit this infamous beanie. On presention the look of horror on his face was just unbelievable! Unknown to me, there was a misprint in the book and the flag that I so meticulously copied was that of IRAN! But being a good sport he found it very warm to wear on his fishing trips.

My mother said I should live so long to knit everything I have patterns and yarns for but I just love the colours and textures but more so, the calming effect that knitting has on one's soul.

I did get my revenge years later when knitting for the first grandchild in the family and my mother knitted for the first time in about 40 years, when on presenting me with a mangled mess of knitting asking me to fix it.... the only thing I could say was "you know I hate it when you start knitting".

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