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Day 4 of 30 Days of Knitting

Day 4:  How did you learn to knit?

I wish I had some cozy or interesting story about how I learned– taught at my mother’s or grandmother’s knee, perhaps, but nope.  I don’t know if anyone in my (immediate) family even knows how to knit.  I’ve certainly never seen them knitting.  (My mother has always been “crafty”, but her crafts– as an adult, at least– have not been yarn-based.  Right now, she’s very interested in quilting, and she and my maternal grandmother are both big on gardening– mostly the decorative type with flowers, shrubs, and trees.)

I taught myself to knit from video tutorials online.  Come to think of it, that’s a pretty interesting (if not uncommon) way to learn to knit, I guess.  It wasn’t so long ago that video took too long to be practical for quick and easy watching online– and now, just a short time later, you can find free video tutorials about almost anything, online.  (I also met my husband online, incidentally… So thank goodness for the Internet.  ;o)  We most likely never would’ve met, otherwise.)

Now, at least a couple of people in my immediate family do know how to crochet– though I think they haven’t done much of it since the 70s or early 80s, and I get the impression they were mostly making the traditional granny squares, back then.  I had a quick demonstration from my mother and one of my aunts, but I don’t think I really got it– or remembered it very well when I tried to do it on my own, later on.  Then at some point, Donald’s mother was visiting, and she tried to teach me a little, I think… (Or was that specifically with thread crochet?  I have such an awful memory, sometimes.)  Again, it didn’t completely click.

I begin to think that I’m one of those weirdos who don’t learn best from person-to-person instruction.  I get impatient (with myself– and self-conscious), I’m afraid.  Learning from videos and photo tutorials is more to my tastes, since I can go as slow as it takes– re-watch, pause, etc.  (And talk myself through it.  I’m a great believer in talking aloud to yourself. (g))  So I’m not sure exactly how I finally learned to crochet.  It was a combination of help from those three people and just teaching myself (with Internet-based tutorials, again, I guess).  I started learning with the old tried and true granny squares, but those first efforts were messy– gauge all over the place, hideous in variegated yarn– and I ended up unraveling them and using the yarn to make dish scrubbers instead, later on. (g)  I think it wasn’t until I was working on The Procrastination Afghan and the Flower Garden Hexagon Afghan that I began to feel like I was really crocheting and understanding what I was doing.  They were great confidence-building projects.


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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