We all have many reasons why we knit, and if you’re like me, the reasons change through the years. I first began my knitting journey around age 6. Knitting at that time was a little frustrating, except if I used the “Apple Pie Knitter.” I never ended up completing a project, probably because I did not play with dolls, and I went through a couple knitters because my tension was so tight I would break off a peg or two that held the stitches.
My maternal grandmother lived in Seattle, and I didn’t get to see her that often, but when she did come to visit we would do different fiber crafts. My greatest success with her was embroidery and needlepoint, and though she is gone now, my mother still has the embroidered bumble bee pillow I made with her. Every time I visit my parents, I get to see the pillow and revisit fond memories.
I took up knitting again in college, with a new found enthusiasm that stayed with me through my twenties. I spent a lot of time around Scandinavians who were on the ski team, worked as a travel agent for the Scandinavian Consulate in Seattle, WA, and really learned a lot. I found it relaxing but really, it was a creative way to procrastinate. Back then the yarns available were much more limited, but I still loved working with color.
In my thirties and forties, knitting went to the wayside for many reasons, primarily work related, but found me again at age 50. I had been a school teacher and suddenly became very depressed with the way education was going. I quit for a short time and ended up back in Seattle where my husband was attending a conference. I started walking up Capital Hill one day and saw a yarn shop. I went in and haven’t stopped knitting and crocheting since. It truly brought joy back to my life and still does to this day.
I would love to hear your stories. I would love if you shared your fiber journey here in the comments.