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Stephanie said:

I would love if you wrote about how you learned to knit.

'Appy to oblige, m'dear. My dad's mom taught me to knit on one of her trips to the east coast when I was very very small - about four or five. I don't think she taught me anything other than the knit stitch, but never mind that - I made garter stitch doll blanket after doll blankent.

So, then, I've been knitting for at least fifteen years or so, but my level of interest/obsession with it has waxed and waned relative to whatever other craft thing I was addicted to at the moment. Knitting got pitched for origami for a few years, then for seed bead weaving, then for millefiori beads with Fimo and Sculpey...now that I think about it, my long-suffering Mom and Dad should have shining stars on the Encouraging And Nurturing Parent Walk Of Fame.

When I moved out five or six years ago, I got really into knitting. I think it was mostly a function of having disposable income of my own - if I blew half a paycheck on yarn, the ensuing ramen comsumption could be blamed on no one but myself. I think this was right before knitting became hugely trendy - Rowan had JUST changed their magazine from a mostly-black-and-white to a full-color job - and there wasn't nearly as much hip parephenalia around (if cute, heavily-styled books like Weekend Knitting or Loop-d-Loop existed in quantity, I certainly didn't know about it). I basically re-taught myself to knit with that good old tome Vogue Knitting, spent a lot of money on Rowan and Jaeger yarns (heh - even today I look askance at Debbie Bliss yarns as an experimental "vanity project"), and generally just hoped I was doing things correctly. I didn't know anyone else who knit, and thus didn't have anyone to tell me when I was making mistakes - I did a lot of squinting and comparing with drawings and photographs.

I guess I'm still a follower, since it's only in the last couple years that I've become any kind of thoughtful knitter. I see how designers like Teva Durham and Hanne Falkenberg redefine the way we use knitted fabric - and try to see possibilities in that way. The current explosion of pattern and fiber sources on- and off-line - it gives me ideas for my own projects beyond my comfort level and an appreciation for materials produced with care. Finally, the blog medium has given me a close-up on some knitters whose scrupulous technique leaves me amazed - they make me want to be a cleaner, more careful, better knitter.
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...Maybe one with even the tiniest glimmer of hope that I'll ever learn self-control. I must have been in a deviant, licentious mood after the frenzied dinner last night:

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Hi Eunny!
I stumbled onto your blog through Crafters.org. Just wanted to say I LOVE your stuff - you are truly gifted!

Also, I think we might be neighbors. I saw that you mentioned All About Yarn in one of your posts. It's not far from my house!

Happy Knitting!

woah! you and i are making the exact same socks for the jaywalker knitalong. crazy!

weird, I never saw this post! stupid bloglines.

How come we didnt have cool books when we really got into knitting? I just had that crazy woman pamphlet...sigh

well youve come a long way from gst doll blankets

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