Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Story of Knitting..Part 1

I started this blog about 2 years ago. I found Pioneer Woman, got a camera and have made several posts since.  I wanted to take cool pictures, write witty things and just be part of the blogging world.  I was then led to read lots of other blogs, most with cool pictures. I really had nothing specific to add to the blog world.  I did not have ranch and recipes to share.  I did not make jelly from homegrown berries. I was just me with my own thoughts and I thought the world would be a better place if they knew what those thoughts were.
 I was somehow led to Ginny's blog and was instantly taken with her photos and her lifestyle.  Up until that point I had never seen a mom with knitting needles and a garden that you actually eat from.  I was taken.  I admired what she shared and I was inspired to walk down her road a bit.  I then began clicking around her comments and noticed that all these moms were knitters too.  I was so surprised..people actually knit??  A lot??  And cute stuff?  I decided I wanted in!!  I needed to learn to knit.  I am happy I knew myself well enough to not be inspired to start a garden...
 I called my local yarn shop and asked when I could come in.  I told her I knew nothing ..but I wanted to make a scarf..TONIGHT!!  I had to wait like 3 whole days before my lesson took place.  My lesson was at 6:30...which of course led me to leave my house at 4:00.  I needed time to look through this yarn that all these knitters in the blog world went crazy for.  I walked in the place and was COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED!!  I knew instantly that I knew NOTHING!!
And the funny thing is..I now know that what I really didn't know was how much I REALLY didn't know!!  I walked around DAZED and really out of my element.  I wanted to feel connected to this yarn and have an instinct to reach for just the right skein..but really I had no instinct and I actually made some pretty horrible decisions when I began my walk with knitting needles. 

The shop I lived near was your stereotypical shop.  The lady who greeted me was a little snip and she was not THRILLED to be helping me.  I could tell that my ignorance ANNOYED her to no end.  I did not let that stop me.  I kept asking questions and bugging her for help.  I figured I would eventually win her over with my gratefulness...not sure that ever worked....but I wanted to knit and I was not going to let the cranky knitter stop me.

Thankfully my first lesson when I learned to cast on was not with the cranky knitter...it was with the store owner.  She did a great job teaching me that night.  I left knowing how to cast on and do the knit stitch...
Life has never been the same since...

Come back tomorrow for more of this RIVETING story...

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you didn't let that old crank deter you. Truth be told, sometimes I am wa-a-ay motivated by people in that category! It's not very nice but thinking 'I'll show them!' gives me a boost sometimes!!!

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  2. Your nicer than I would have been. I wouldn't have returned to see the cranky knitter again. :) I'm glad you stuck with it though. Those red cables are gorgeous!

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  3. Well, I think it's riveting!
    btw-My kids have all been sick ever since we got home from the beach, you know...slowly trickling through one by one. And you and I still haven't gotten together!!! Soon I hope!

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  4. oh my gosh, i wish we lived near each other, i teach and i love to help. this really disappoints me to no end, but i do know what you mean about some knitting shop 'helpers'.

    i hope you know that everyone feels like this at the beginning, and that we are ALL always learning. love your gloves and now i'm off to be your ravelry friend. :)

    and i loved reading your knitting story.

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