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I started when I was expecting my first baby. I had awful hyperemesis and I was off work. I wanted to feel better about my pregnancy. It really helped me! Now I have three boys and I have to knit fast to keep up with them as they grow!

Lily Irving

I started knitting when I was wee - my mum taught me. I then didn't do it for a good few years then in my late teens early 20's I got depressed and my mum said I should try something to occupy my mind and she suggested trying knitting again. I got hooked and have never looked back. I am much happier now. I haven't been as happy to be honest.


I was an exchange student to New Zealand when I was a senior in high school over 30 years ago. My grandmother had knit, but had a stroke when I was young so no one could teach/show me how she made the beautiful afghans that we owned. In NZ, everyone knows how to knit. Two of my host moms taught me over that exchange year and I have been knitting ever since!


My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was a kid, probably about 6 or seven. I still remember her taking me to a store to get a child's knitting kit, with these dark green plastic knitting needles! And I love Stolen Dance, it's on a weekend playlist I have.

Lynn Butler

I love reading about everyone's knitting beginnings. My own journey is so similar. I learned to crochet from my Grandmas. Both of my Grandmas could crochet & knit, plus many other wonderful talents; tat, bead, quilt, sew, make hats. But my Mom was the first one to teach me to knit. I was in college and I made 2 sweaters. Neither turned out the way I wanted them to and the "Good" yarn was expensive. I have sewed, embroidered, needlepointed, quilted, painted, scrapbooked, beaded, made jewelry, upholstered, and furniture refinished. But when I needed to replace my knitted dishcloths a friend of the family gave me, I came back to knitting. That same friend gave me the pattern and refreshed my memory on casting on and I was addicted. YouTube videos and classes at my LYS helped with the rest. Plus all the other wonderful knitters that shared their helpful tricks and advice. I finally found the crafty passion for me!


Like you, I've always had an interest in crafts and creating things at a young age. Since money was always limited, my siblings and I had to find ways to entertain ourselves on a budget and making things with whatever resources were found around the house and in nature came naturally. My mom was a huge inspiration, too, and was the person that taught me to knit when I was eight. But I lost interest and didn't really catch the knitting bug until after college. It was the mid-nineties and knitting was coming into its own again. I remember seeing these long bulky scarves on runway models at the time and came across a free pattern for one in seventeen magazine. I re-taught myself with some on-line resources and this time fell totally head over heels in love with knitting and knit bloggers (there were so many at the time & they were my main sources of inspiration).


I grew up with a mom who knit a lot, and so I self taught in front of her with her as my training wheels. I've knit since then :) :)


I asked my mom to knit me a sweater for Christmas. She gave me "Knitting without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmerman, a pair of knitting needles, and some practice yarn, and said, "Knit your own sweater."


My mother taught me. She was fluent in all the needle arts-tailoring, knitting, quilting, weaving, crewel, etc. It was all the more remarkable because she is a lefty and adapted her entire life. She was mostly self-taught.

Now that Mom has dementia and can no longer participate in these activities her creations have deeper meaning. Our clothing and sweaters were always homemade. I realize that the gifts were handmade because it was what we could afford on a teacher's salary at the time and Mom was a product of the Depression.

I truly value the Betsy McCall wardrobe she made for Christmas in the finest yarn on the tiniest needles. She even used angora yarn for Betsy's coat's collar and cuffs.

Linda Packard

During my youth in the 1960's,and having learned to sew pretty well in jr. high, I desired to "make a garment from the beginning." My young husband bought me an Ashford spinning wheel kit and put it together. It was 1978 and I was 24. Once I learned to spin, I realized I needed to do something with the yarn. About 1983 I began knitting.


I "helped" my mom make some slippers for a church sail when I was 7 and then when I was pregnant I made a rather misshapen baby blanket.I started knitting for my daughter and nieces and nephews and then they all grew up,so I had tons of yarn so I decided to start selling some of my knit items. That was 11 years ago and now I do markets and craft sales etc and have an Etsy shop with my daughter.It is something I DO FOR MYSELF and I love it.


My comment should read church sale. Spelling error.


I started crocheting as a teenager to be productive and as a way to ease the lonely hours when my boyfriend was deployed. Later, as a young military family on an enlisted income, I learned to sew and knit to supplement the clothing budget for three growing children. I learned to spin as an adult completely out of a fascination with and a deire to get back to my 'roots'.


What a great question ...

I started knitting because I had just finished my degree and was living at my parent's place while looking for a job. I didn't have much to do, other than job hunt, and I stumbled upon my grandmother's vast collection of knitting books! So I decided to try it out to pass the time. And that was that ;).

Jacqueline Webb

Mum taught me to knit when I was very little. The first finished knitted thing I can remember is a matinee jacket for my soon to be born baby sister. I would have been 9 or 10 at the time. Mum helped me, how much she undid and re-did while I was in bed I honestly couldn't say, but I was very proud of the finished jacket and it was worn regularly by my baby sister.

Liz Morgan

The first time - because we were taught in school.
The second time - I can't remember, but was influenced by a very good friend. This was the point I taught myself the purl stitch and how to increase and decrease.
The third time - stress relief during my Masters degree. This was the point it stuck.


I learned in 2010 but really got interested in 2014. My friend forced me to learn as a stress relief activity in 2010, best decision I never made. Knitting (then subsequently crochet and now dyeing and spinning) has saved my sanity so many times.


My mom teached me when I was a kid and I have taken a class in high school. Then, when I was 34, I met a coworker who knitted (younger than me) and I decided to try again on my own and this is when I got hooked. Since then, it's been part of my life and I have met some of the best friends I have now, both in real life and in the virtual world :) Needless to say, I love it!


My story is rather cliche (at least I've seen many people with a similar one). I properly started knitting at university as a way to cope with stress. A creative outlet that could keep both my mind and hands busy in times when I needed to relax. I'm mostly self taught, although my grandmother tried to give me some basics when I was a teenager. But in true teenager fashion I never stuck with it long enough to properly learn to make something (besides a scarf with holes in it).

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