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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Left Handed Knitted and Crocheting

Thought you all might enjoy some pretty flowers.  These are Tiger Lilly's in my side yard.  A few years ago Daddy brought me starts from his yard, as he was in need of thinning out.  Aren't they gorgeous!  This is last years picture, yesterday the first one opened for this season.  I love the color, and how much they've spread........so much so my SIL will be getting starts from me.  I also love that we're able to share things from his yard.

I've got another sweet story for you all about how, when, why etc people have learned to knit and or crochet.  I sure am enjoying reading and posting them for you, please keep them coming.  This story comes from Sue F.  Thanks so much Sue for sharing.

I learned to knit and crochet when I was about eight years old. Because I am left handed, my mother had trouble showing me how to knit. I think she must have showed me some of the basics, but then I used a book to learn the rest. What I remember about learning to knit is that I would knit all the stitches from my left needle to my right and then back again from right to left without moving the needle to my left hand. This created a natural stockinette stitch so I was confused when the book showed a sample of garter stitch which is what you are supposed to get when you knit every row. I continued knitting like this for a few days, probably just making a square or something, until my mom noticed my switch-hitting knitting and showed me the correct way. 

My father is actually the one who taught me to crochet because he is left handed. I don't think he taught me any fancy stitches, but he did show me how to hold the hook and make chain stitches and that was enough to get me started. 

Over the many years since I was eight years old I have gone from making misshapen afghans to all sorts of items. On a crazy day, sitting and knitting or crocheting for a few minutes helps to settle my thoughts and calm me down. 

Now that my family and friends have all the knitted items they could ever need, I am thankful to be able to send my items to you, knowing they will be put to good use. 


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8 comments:

  1. marj from minnesotaJune 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I love it! As one leftie to another what a sweet story and it certainly does bring back memories, although I did not learn to knit. My sister threatens to teach me but I am afraid we would kill each other in the process. She is a perfectionist and I have no patience.Not a good match for learning.:+) Loved the part about your dad. Sounds like mine, always trying to help me learn something more easily.Crocheting calms me too. Thanks for the memories.

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  2. Very nice story Sue. I just love hearing these stories. I think it is wonderful that both your Mother AND Father were involved in your teaching. Thank you for donating to our central Ohio Homeless and families.

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  3. Sandy, I meant to say how beautiful your Tiger Lily's were. I just love lilies. When I moved from my home into my apartment I gave all the bulbs to my MIL. I now wish I had kept some to pot.

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  4. So glad you all are enjoying these stories as much as I am. Hey Sherry, I need to thin out, be glad to give you some Tiger Lilly's if you think you've got the room to pot them like on a patio/balcony?

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  5. Thanks for posting my story, Sandy. I sent the link to my parents. I'm sure they'll get a kick out of it.

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  6. Such a sweet story Sue! One thing I am learning as I read all these stories is what a bonding activity both knitting and crocheting are! Isn't it nice that through these crafts we all seem to have bonded with someone.........making a relationship that much more special!

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  7. Thats sweet Sue, glad you'll be sharing it with them. Sally I LOVE the way you said that. Truly it is a very special bonding, when we learn and again as we share.

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  8. What a great story! I am a lefty too. I have taught my hubby, my daughter, and 2 sisters. Of those, only my daughter is a lefty, the rest are righties. Thanks for sharing your story.

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