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Goal: 36
Start: #19
Current: 20

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

When, and Where did You Learn to Knit or Crochet?

*Oophs, just realized this scheduled post didn't post.  So, popped in to do a little edit.

Last year we shared some of what makes each of do what we do, knit or crochet and donate.  People had very sweet and inspiring stories.  I thought for the next couple of weeks it would be fun to share how and why/where we began to knit and or crochet.

Mo Mother taught me to knit, I think I was about 7 years old and I knitted one little scarf.  The type that's about 4 inches wide goes across the top of your head, covers your ears and ties beneath your chin.  It was everyother row knit, purl...very basis.  I think she then crochet to taper the ends and crocheted the tie.  It was variegated, looked like the variegated you now see that's called Mexicana.  I think it took me forever to finish it and I never knitted again again about 12 years ago when the knitting with big needles and using novelty yarn to make scarves as The Thing.

I learned to crochet from my neighbors Grandmother when I was about the same age.  She taught me to chain, do single and double crochet and I made a mint green Dollie from rug yarn that she gave me.   I never crocheted again until after getting married, back in 1972.  Hubby was working full time in the evenings, and going to school during the days when I worked, so I had lots of time on my hands and decided I needed a hobby.  I got a book, learn to crochet in a day or something like that.  Following the directions some, mostly the pictures and kept at it until I remembered and have never stopped crocheting since then.  Except for a period of a couple of years when I was wearing writs braces for my carpal tunnel

How bout you?  What's your story?  Email at sandycrochet at gmail and I'll be happy to share it.  Do you remember what your first projects were?

The ghan above is one I've been working on off and on for a good long while.  It's knitted, feather and fan pattern.  I've named this one Sea and Sand.  I'm on the 2nd to last section, then need to weave in end...decide if I want an edge, launder and block.

2013 Donations:

Hats:  368
Scarves: 288
Socks: 182
Afghans: 24
Slippers: 132
Rain Ponchos: 202
Mittens: 77
Cotton Wash Clothes: 349
Shawls, Sweaters, Vests, Poncho's: 10
Misc. Items: include personal care, headbands, handwarmers, cowls/gators and all meal prep related items, etc aren't tabulated

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.


  1. I learned to crochet in 1980, in Mississippi, from my cousin's wife Katy and her friend Diane. I used a J hook. From that trip I took away the basics. When I got home, I got yarn and hook of my own, along with a leaflet for how-to. No Internet then. I made afghans for everyone in my family. I only made afghans (large, bed size ghans) for many years.

    I started a ripple afghan for my boyfriend (now my husband) just a year or so after I learned. He asked if it could be wider so I made another strip, attached it to the first few inches I'd already done, and continued the pattern forward. The things we do for love. LOL

  2. Sandy, sorry I didn't follow instructions. You're welcome to include my comment in a post if you like.

  3. marj in minnesotaJune 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Glad to see we are back on line again. Was hoping nothing had happened to the computer link. Computers seem to be acting up in this crazy weather we are having across the country.
    Like the colors in the Sea and Sand afghan. Should be pretty when completed.

  4. Go stand in the corner Sandie, lol...by chance do you have a picture? Love to post it with a blog post.

    Thanks Marj for always checking in.

  5. This is a nice topic Sandy, I hope that you get a lot of responses. I will send you an email!!

  6. Sea and Sand is very nice. Good name for the afghan.

  7. I initially learned to crochet by watching my grandmother back in the late 70's. I was so intrigued by the detail that went into it that I asked my grandmother if she would be willing to teach me. She proudly agreed and the rest is history! :)

  8. Folks please don't post your story in the comments, email me details so we can have a blog post about it.

  9. I learned to knit when I was about four (60 years ago). My mother, grandmather and aunts on both sides of the family were all good knitters. I learned from them and never looked back. I can crochet but am not keen.


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