There’s a meme going around blogs “Ten Knitterly Things You May Not Know About Me”. Or something like that. For lack of knitting pictures here goes:
1. I’ve been knitting (are you ready for this?) – about 40 years! I started way back in high school.
2. I started out throwing, but learned continental about three years later and have never looked back.
3. My big “breakthrough” in knitting came when I bought “Knitting Without Tears” – yes, I have a first edition. Well worn, loved and read over and over.
4. I have been blessed through the years to have knitted with a lot of experts – Meg Swansen, Lily Chin, Eugene Buegler, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Nancy Bush, Alice Starmore, Lucy Neatby et al. I know, shameless name dropping, but . . . My favorite – Meg, hands down! And A.S. has gotten a lot of bad press lately, but she was a great teacher and a very nice lady.
5. I still have the first piece of lace I ever knit – a little, wonky 5″ square. I keep it to keep me humble.
6. My book stash is probably larger than my yarn stash.
7. My needle stash is probably even larger.
8. I taught knitting in a yarn shop in Alaska while I was pregnant with my son. One day while packing a box to be shipped out to the Alaskan bush, I rested it against my stomach and Ben kicked it all the way across the counter!
9. My main job teaching was to teach ladies to knit Mary Maxim intarsia sweaters! Everyone in Alaska wanted one with a husky on it. Or a polar bear. In self defense I did knit one – a toddler size with Snoopy on it. I still have it. Don’t think Izzy will ever need it in Florida.
10. I knit, quilt, do hardanger, have done counted cross stitch, sewn clothing (I taught that as well), but if I could choose only one, it would be knitting – although around town I’m much more well known for my quilting.