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Our Knitting Stories: How Did You Learn to Knit? (Giveaway Completed)

A simple question led to stories – and memories. The question is this: How did you learn to knit? I asked it in my Ravelry group, and got permission to share some of the stories here. Many of us learned from a grandmother, mother, or auntie. Often we learned as youngsters, forgot about knitting for many years, and then rediscovered our skills as adults. These are a few of the stories. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. And be sure to read on to the end of the post to read about a giveaway. [Added February 11: we now have a giveaway winner, so further comments will not be eligible to win.]


The Stories

By GrandmaBuck:

When I was a wee little girl we lived just about a block from my paternal grandparents. Grandpa was the greatest and we had so much fun gardening with him and baking pies. Never had a pie as good as his ever. Grandma however had already raised 7 children and my dad was next to the youngest. My brother and I were his youngest and born when he was 38 and 40.  All that to say grandma was pretty old at the time we were little but whenever mom had business to take care of we would stay with grandma and grandpa. Whenever Grandpa was not at home Grandma would give Tom and me a ball of butcher”s twine and either a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles. she would sit us down in front of her rocker and get us started on chaining or casting on just in time for SEARCH FOR TOMORROW to come on the radio. You could not talk when the show was on, period. She had a look that would turn you to ice. During commercials however she would compliment, correct or give further instructions. She had several soaps she listened to and I learned to knit and crochet at my grandma’s knee while listening to her programs. I know I knew how to knit with good tension by the time I was six because I taught my First grade teacher to knit. It has been on and off over my life but I still think of grandma when I am knitting and those easy times of childhood.

By WillowandTwist:

My mum was an excellent knitter and she taught me to knit when I was about 8 years old…I was one of those funny little kids who was always making things! I didn’t realise how much patience she had until I think about it now! I remember when I was about 13 years old making a tank-top as part of my school uniform, the yarn would have scratched the shell off a tortoise! Needless to say my tension was all over the place and it ended up a little on the wide side!!! Oh and did I say a bit short. I was in a rush to finish it…laughin… But I wore it with pride.

By kimmery:

Well—my Grandma Aeline was a knitter/crocheter, needle pointer and tatter and I never saw her just sit without a needlework project in her hands. When I was a little girl and my family would go to spend the weekend with my grandparents, as we would pull up towards their house (parked in the back) we would see her white hair in the window where she always sat-and we would always say, “Grandma is knitting her fool head off”. 🙂

I am 55 years old now and I can remember that like it was yesterday. When I was in junior high, she suffered a stroke after open heart surgery-and while she recovered enough to continue working on her needlework, she was sadly never able to really teach me to tat, which was what I longed to learn to do. Knitting was not an interest of mine at the time. I spent most of my early adult years immersed in cross-stitch but when my daughter (who had learned to knit) became pregnant with Grandbaby #1, she gave me a set of knitting lessons at a LYS–and just like that I became a knitter and have never looked back!

I just found a picture of my sister and I at Westport Washington with my Grandma with the beautiful white hair! Oh, and I am pretty sure we are wearing hand knit sweaters by her in this photo. (1966)

photo credit: kimmery

By cascott:

My first knitting experience was in 4-H. We knit slippers and I had the hardest time binding off, so that ended my knitting at that time. About 8 years ago a friend started knitting dishcloths and got me interested. I knit a lot of dishcloths until DH told me to find something else to knit as the drawer was full! (now my friends and family know just to ask for a dishcloth when they need a new one) I then found a club that mailed yarn and a pattern that had different techniques each month and I haven’t stopped knitting!

By torunnb:

I learned to knit when I was 4. My maternal grandmother taught me. I still have the ball of blue cotton yarn that we used. I have kept it as a treasure. My mom could knit, but she didn’t enjoy it much. She was an educated seamstress and she really liked to embroider. My maternal grandmother sewed and she always crocheted.

By Asteride:

My grandmother taught me to knit. She was really a knitting designer, she could realize whatever she wanted. Intrigued by techniques and very talented. I was just fascinated by all the things she was able to create. In my closet there is still a nice kimono jacket that she created for me.


I’ve loved reading each of these stories. I can just picture sitting at grandma’s knee listening to soaps on the radio, or a scratchy handknit tank top made by a 13-year-old and worn with pride. I can picture a white-haired grandma “knitting her fool head off,” a drawer full of handknit dishcloths, a treasured ball of cotton kept by a four-year-old who proudly learned to knit, and a lovely kimono made many years ago by a talented grandmother.

These, and all the others that have been posted our Ravelry group, are a gift. It’s so intriguing to hear the ways in which our craft is passed on from each generation to the next. And so often it is taught with love and joy. What’s your knitting story? How did you learn to knit? I’d love to hear about it.

I also love giveaways, so we’ll combine these two things. Leave a comment with your “How I Learned to Knit” story below, and I’ll choose a winner in about a week for a lovely skein of Malabrigo Arroyo in the Arco Iris colorway (similar to this one).  [Added February 11, in case you missed it above, the giveaway is now closed].

In fact, we are also having a giveaway in the Ravelry group. Post your story there, as well, for another chance to win.  There will be two winners – one there and one here. The instructions for the Ravelry group giveaway are at the top of that page…just look for the picture of the Malabrigo! Follow the link!

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Giveaway Wrap-Up!!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway in my Ravelry group!! It was so much fun, and I appreciate everyone who dropped by, whether it was just for a quick “hello” or to stick around and chat and get to know us a little better!

Congrats to Ravelry user Kepanie, winner of the grand prize!  Here’s her swag!  I had sooooooo much fun choosing these wonderful yarns and knitting notions at the 2016 Rose City Yarn Crawl.

Giveaway Grand Prize

Gathersnomoss won a mini-giveaway for these Gobstoppers:

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And heatherg7 snagged these Unicorn Tails:

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Congrats Becky and Heather!!!

A great time was had by all and I hope you will join us for one of our next great events!  Coming soon: a fantastic summery swap – sign-ups most likely will start in May – and the Ravellenic Games in August – a Ravelry-wide event, with knitting all during the Olympics, (virtual) medals, fun competition (mostly with yourself) and, of course, in my group, prizes!!!

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A Giveaway Update

Hi everyone!  The giveaway in my Ravelry group is still going strong.  There are mini-giveaways going on until we reach 5,000 posts in The Cafe thread.  Current post count: 4,854.

When we reach 5,000 posts, I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator for this prize:

Giveaway Grand Prize

I wrote all about the lovely yarn and goodies here: Giveaway Details.

In the meantime, I am giving away smaller goodies that I purchased during the Rose City Yarn Crawl.

CURRENT MINI-GIVEAWAY:

Gobstoppers

Two terrific Gobstoppers, mini-skeins of worsted weight yarn by the Knitted Wit. Soon I’ll randomly choose a winner for this mini-giveaway and then will start the next mini-giveaway. Come on over to The Cafe and join in!


MINI-GIVEAWAY WINNERS SO FAR:

Mini-giveaway 1

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Won by Ravelry user Kepanie.  She wrote about it in this post on her blog: Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons.


Mini-giveaway 2

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Just in time for Easter, this See’s Easter Treasure Egg was won by Ravelry user stamura.


Mini-giveaway 3

Knitted Wit Gumballs

These awesome Knitted Wit Gumballs, mini skeins of yummy yarn, were won by Ravelry user QueenKally.


Mini-giveaway 4

Happy Knits Bag

A wonderful project bag from Happy Knits.  Adorbs!  Won by Ravelry user PLC1.


Mini-giveaway 5

One of a Kind buttons

Awesome and amazing buttons from One of a Kind Buttons.  We discussed it in the group and we think the first one belongs on a mug cozy.  Won by Rav user saminar.


I hope you will come check out the group, the thread and the giveaway if you are interested.  We love to chat about knitting, yarn, and life in general, and we love to have new knitting friends join in the fun.

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Giveaway Details

Hello dear knitters!  Here’s the post with all the juicy details about the giveaway going on in my Ravelry group, Carol E Herman Designs.  Not a member of Ravelry?  It’s free and easy to join.  It is a terrific resource for fiber enthusiasts.

All of these lovelies were purchased last weekend at the Rose City Yarn Crawl. It was so much fun shopping for locally made fiber products. The Pacific Northwest truly has a strong creative community, and it is a joy to share a little bit of that with you.
Giveaway Grand Prize

My only goal while shopping the Yarn Crawl was to find skeins of yarn that caught my eye…oh, and I was looking for yarn in a PDX Carpet colorway.  The first store I went to was Twisted, and right away I found it.  Score!!

The Details.

1. Knitted Wit Victory Fingering.

I love this yarn!   It’s the yarn I used (in Golden Delicious) for my Metolius River Mitts.  It is amazingly sproingy, works up wonderfully, and comes in terrific colorways. I love how this colorway picks up the colors in the original PDX Carpet.

100% Superwash Merino, 4 ounces, 380 yards, in PDX Carpet.  Purchased at Twisted.Knitted Wit

2. A PDX Carpet notions bag by Rose City Totes.

This was purchased earlier, but inspired the theme of this giveaway grand prize. Interested in the PDX Carpet iconic design? Read here.PDX Carpet

3. Rosewood cable needles.

Lovely cable needles made in Eugene. Rosewood Cable Needles2

4. Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Sock.

This is lovely yarn.  I bought a similar skein for myself, in a slightly less blue-toned colorway, and I can’t wait to see how it works up.

100% Superwash Merino, 100 grams, 380 yards in a one of a kind colorway.  Purchased at Happy Knits.Black Trillium

5. Bumblebirch Heartwood.

I have heard whispers about this yarn.  I have heard people waxing rhapsodic about it. It is truly, truly, lovely.  The colorways have depth and the bases have a very pleasing hand.

4-ply fingering weight, 100 grams, 463 yds, 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon in Glacier. Purchased at Close Knit.bumblebirch

6.   One of a Kind Buttons button.

I was fortunate to make it to the One of a Kind trunk show at the Knitting Bee.  Artist Candace Wilson designs these lovely buttons, and I got to chat with her for awhile. Her story is great, as are her buttons!  This is the one I chose:DSCN9678

7. Blissful Knits Sublime Yak.

This yarn is just stunning.  It is shimmery and just plain gorgeous! Truly exquisitely crafted.

Sockweight, 60% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/20% Yak, 3.5 oz., 400 yds in the colorway Abyss.    Purchased at the Knitting Bee .Blissful Knits

How to win? Join my Ravelry group and leave a comment in The Cafe thread. Every post is an entry. I’ll draw a winner by random number generator after The Cafe thread reaches 5,000 posts.  I hope that you will come join us!

Thank you for your support.

xoxo, Carol

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