Okay–now that I’m done fawning all over Robin (and Sora and Roxie and Catie if she’s done w/Vulnerable and not too disappointed!) I’ve got to admit that she brought up a good question–she asked where she would go to learn how to knit…
Now, the main character of my 1st three books (oh, Goddess, hurry up BOUND, hurry up hurry up hurry up!), Cory Kirkpatrick, learned how to knit after almost dying from a multiple supernatural entity attack and exhaustion brought on by grief. Knitting was therapy for her, and without giving too much up from BOUND, knitting and the Local Yarn Store play a nice sized role in the action. (I can’t wait for Roxie to read it–there’s a scene with a sweater that…no. No spoilers, I can’t give spoilers now when it’s probably less than 2 weeks from release. I can’t.) Anyway, a vampire who used to be a homemaker taught her how to knit while she was recovering–Cory’s not the best patient in the world, and the knitting kept her sane.
Personally, I taught myself to knit. I know I’ve replied to a couple of other people’s post with this story (Julie, was that you’re question?) so bear with me if this is repetetive, but I first dreamt crocheting. I mean, I’d watched a couple of grandmothers knit and crochet when I was a child, and one night I went to bed as a perfectly sane adult, and dreamt about the hook and the yarn and woke up and thought “AHA!” I went out and bought myself a ‘how to’ book and taught myself how to crochet and how to read the instructions. I asked on veteran one question (what does it mean ‘in the space’ as opposed to ‘in the stitch’) and have been crocheting happily ever since. I had a coupld of books (not to mention the heavily mourned Family Circle Easy Knitting magazine) that featured knitting with the crochet patterns, and, well, I hate to be left out of anything, so I taught myself knitting. Then I realized that Michael’s didn’t have all the yarn out there, so I found a couple of LYS including Babetta’s, and I taught myself some freakin’ yarn-buying discretion and the rest is history.
I have a list of shit I’ve made–some of it literally shit, and some of it I’m rather quietly proud of–but the list, including some 140 blankets, is about 10 pages long–it usually features who I made it from, what it’s made out of, and where (sort of) the pattern came from…
So now that your eyes are glazed over with details and the baby’s crying to be put to bed (two completely unrelated incidents, I assure you…) I’m just curious–and I bet so is Robin if she is still with us…
Where did you learn to knit? What would you change? What was your motivation…
I’m just freakin’ nosy and you’ve all been so good to me in the last couple weeks, and I wanted to know!
(Knitech gave me this:-O
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