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Pauline

My grammy taught me how to knit when I was about 7. It is one of the few and fond memories I have of her, as she died of cancer at the way too early age of 66 when I was 8.
I remember sitting with her daily throughout her week long visit working a bit at a time on a little piece of garter stitch - she called it a blankie for my stuffed animals.

Ann-Marie MacKay

i learned to knit when i was 6 years old--my Grandmother was visiting and helping my Mother with knitting a sweater for my sister.
I can still remember the yellow acrylic yarn and the green plastic needles!!!

Heide

My two grandmothers taught me to knit and I began this life-long hobby at the tender age of 10. Since then many seasoned and talented knitters have offered advice and tops to hone my knowledge. Even so, many of my FOs still turn out wonky, but I do so love to knit.

Raven

My grandmother taught me to knit on several occasions in my youth. I think the first time was when I was around five years old. I knit the occasional Christmas present for friends, but it wasn't until later that I really got into knitting. Now, every time I pick up the needles, I think of her. Knitting is a way of honouring her memory by using this amazing skill she gave me to make wonderful things.

Miss T

I love people's stories about how they learned to knit, too. My mom taught me. I couldn't have been more than seven or eight.

kitkatknit

I was about 5 or 6 and my Mom taught me. Regular ol' straight needles. I used to knit a ton in high school, a bit in college and then not again till the early '90's. Now all the time!

Em

While my grandmother tried -- more than once! -- to teach me how to knit when I was a girl, it never really stuck with me. Despite dabbling in tonnes of various arts and crafts, I thought I just wasn't the stringcraft type for many years. Then one winter I got the idea stuck into my head that I wanted mittens, and darnitall, I couldn't get the mittens I wanted so I might as well just learn how to make them myself! I swallowed my pride and asked my mother-in-law to teach me knitting basics: she was a good teacher, very clear and simple. Between my natural craftiness and my stubbonmidedness, I knit a godawful scarf, and then my mittens, and then another pair of mittens... I've been knitting ever since!

Connie

My mom taught me to knit when I was about 8 years old. I knit sweaters and did not learn how to make socks until a couple of years ago.

lynda

Hi Holly... found my way here from Stumbling over Chaos.

I learned how to knit about 2-1/2 years ago, when I was, uh hummm, 46; taught by my daughter who was 16 at the time. She's pretty much taught me ALL I know about knitting!

Alicia

Hi there! Fun contest! I was sent over by Tania from Knits Galore!
I learned how to knit in grad school about two years ago. I started knitting because of peer pressure. Yep, the last reason you thought you would hear. Sometime last winter (Jan. 2006) a good friend of mine from grad school started knitting because it was "New England" and while she was here, she HAD to do it. A common friend of ours working in the same lab as an undergrad was the one who had job of teaching her. Once I followed the initial lessons, I too thought it may be a neat thing to try and I was hooked!

Andrea

I taught myself to knit from a "Teach Yourself to Knit" booklet after seeing a beautiful cabled Rowan sweater at a store in London. I wanted the sweater and it would be a very nice souvenir of my trip. Then I found out I couldn't buy the sweater, but I could buy the pattern & yarn. I bought the pattern (souvenir pattern?) and then when I got home I bought the book, got some nice tweedy wool and started. Yes, I finished it, but I was so worried to run out of yarn and I was a new knitter so my gauge was tighter than the pattern called for. A nice sweater, but not for me. Sigh. I gave it to my MIL who enjoys it especially on very cold days. This was 15 years ago and I've been knitting ever since.

Gladys

I was probably 9 or 10 when I made my mom teach me how to knit. I did it for a few years, then stopped, then took it up again in grad school.

(Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos sent me.)

Megan

Well can I say that Martha Stewart taught me? I learned from one of her mags about 4 years ago. I did take some classes at my LYS that helped build my confidence, and I've also taught a few people to knit as well (just enough to get hopelessly hooked)

amber

my nan at aged 5

Jen C

I taught my self to knit about 6 years ago using an "Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting" book. At the time it seemed like the the book with the most bang for my buck.

lisa

Oh 25 or so years ago my housemate and good friend Tami taught me how to knit. I immediately started a huge lopi sweater and a marled sweater. Realized on the marled sweater it wasn't going to fit its intended (was knitting through the back loops-no concept of gauge either!). Then before the big lopi was done I left db of 8 years, moved back in w/ Tami, and then forgot how to knit. When the first Harry Potter movie came out, my SIL retaught me.

Barbara Hahn

What a great idea!!! I learned to kniw many moons ago, about 45, and was taught by my mother who had a lot of patience. My first item was a sweater and turned out great so I also made one for my mother. After that life became busy, marriage, children. etc. and never picked up knitting needles again until about 3 years ago and started knitting scarves. Now I have taught my granddaughter to knit too.

Kristen

I'm a "new age" knitter for sure. My high school friend came home from college the first year and taught all of us girls how to knit so that we had something to do all together. We would sit around, watch cheesey movies and knit away. So much fun!

Marji

When I was 11 I began bugging my mother about wanting to learn to knit. She knew ONE person who knew how, her cousin, Mary Fernandes. For several months, I was dropped off at Mary's house every Saturday. She started me on a v-neck sweater vest in WHITE! Which was a grubby grey by the time I got if finished. My mother magically made it white again and I wore it with a great deal of pride for several years. I even had one of my school pictures taken wearing it.

I am 54 and have been knitting ever since, but I am just now making my first pair of socks and I made my first scarf for the Orphan Foundation of America last winter -- I started with sweaters and that's pretty much what I stuck with!

olga

OOoh, love that yarn! I was 24 when I learned to knit and I taught myself from a learn to knit book which I still have! My Mom was a knitter but had quit when I wanted to learn, so she claimed she 'forgot' how. it's been 21 years since I learned to knit!

Betty

Happy destashing! Chris of Stumbling Over Chaos mentioned your contest. My mom originally taught me to knit when I was 7 or 8. After a doll blanket and a few hats, I was done. I relearned to knit almost 4 years ago at age 40 from lacemaking friends (Ann, Anne, Lynn, and Marna) during a quiet lace demonstration at a library.

Danielle

My mother in law taught me the basics when I was about 25. (At that point, she was my future mother in law. Or maybe even just the mother of my boyfriend!)

Diane

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 10. So I've been knitting on and off for about 38 years. My mom? Not a knitter. I've got 3 daughters and none of them knit. Hopefully I'll make knitters out of my grandkids. lol

5elementknitr

I learned to knit in summer 2004 (I was 34). I was taught by my friend and midwife Lisa L. She's the coolest and I miss her since we moved away last Nov.

Erika

Hiya! I learned how to knit about five years ago, mostly from a book. However, when I was struggling to figure out why my stitches didn't look like the stitches in the illustration, I asked my mama if she could help. Much to my surprise, she took the wool and needles from my hands and started knitting away. I had no idea she could knit, let alone that well! Anyway. She showed me what I was doing wrong after knitting about five rows of my homely scarf. It was awesome. Btw, I read about your contest via Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos

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