Introduction to Knitting + Tutorials

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

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26 thoughts on “Introduction to Knitting + Tutorials

  • February 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    Hi Mikey, I love your stories. I love your teaching, too. Everyone think I can crochet and knit, NOT!!!. My journey started similar to yours. I would watch my grandmother quilt, sew, and embroidery and dream of doing the same. My sister use to do macramé, pot holders (you know what I am talking about) and embroidery. Never taught any of it. I read Better Homes and Good Housekeeping magazines at doctor offices and other places for ideas. That is as far as it got. My grandmother gave me, age 16, a cross stitch Christmas ornament to do. It was a cross mess so I threw it aside. I got sicker and sicker which mean more reading those magazines (ripping out pages and sneaking the whole thing, shhhhh). I picked up cross stitching around 18 1/2 to 20 (don’t really remember). I caught on fast, by 21 I was cross stitching and embroidering art work.

    Also at 21, I start working at a local hospital. There was a guy there who crochet doll clothing and sold them to make extra money. I wanted to learn how to do that. I found this old lady who had a home yarn shop and she told me that knitting was easier. She talked me into getting the stuff and paying her to teach me how to do a sweater (now I know from other knitters that was a big mistake). Well my arms were…let’s just say it was a hot mess. I also stop going because she had early signs of dementia (cannot spell). So that stayed in my closet hung up. I tried the books. So I also do a bee line when it comes to knitting stuff. I was given a sunflower afghan kit with a flower loom from another lady’s son. I tried to make them, I did not know how to crochet (only knowing how to chain and follow direction), but I was working that flower loom. About age 39, I got the loom knitting kit and found Pinterest and turned that sweater into hats for my Mother’s Morning Out class. Everyone loved it and wanted me to make them one.

    Then it got into scarfs. This is when I met David, Tanis, then you. Y’all taught me how to crochet the right way. I am still learning and still looking at knitting patterns (dreaming). So, I been ready to go to the dark side and knit, just need someone with me.

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    • February 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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      I also use to only do needlework when I am upset, hurt, or sick. I feel the same way, “Crochet has meditation built into the hook. It has validation of creativity. It has instant gratification. It can be challenging to exercise your mind. It can be rewarding to be acknowledged by crocheters.” GMTA!!!!

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  • December 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm
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    I loved reading your story, Michael. I shared a little of my history with both crafts on the FB page a couple of days ago, and if you get the time, you can read it. A few similarities. I also gravitated towards crocheting because I could control it, it was easier to fix mistakes, and the results looked so much better. I had to chuckle when you talked about those long snakes from spool knitting. I never let them get too long because my mom and I soon figured out there was not much use for them. So much today that you can do with them…glad that has changed. My mother did not know how to knit or crochet; the lady across the street taught me, and she was left-handed. Red, short, double-pointed needles. I made a lot of headbands that looked like crap because I increased and decreased stitches without knowing what I was doing. Plus I only learned the knit stitch, never learning to purl. I finally learned to crochet after getting out of college, and I loved it! Anyway, I figure since you are picking up the needles and learning, so can I. I remember being so proud of my mom when she took a knitting class and learned to make a gorgeous sweater for herself. I was amazed! Delightful journey we are embarking upon! 🙂

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  • November 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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    I would like to make knit socks. What is a great knitting place for beginners on socks with circular needles.

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  • November 25, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    I’ve been knitting for 12 years and love it. I’ve been learning to crochet with you so any help I can offer knitting, let me know 🙂

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