Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A New Yarn, A New Contest

I have a bin of new yarn-
So I thought I'd have a new contest! This one will be a little easier than the Summer Goals Contest... Just leave a comment on this post letting me know at what age you learned to knit! Sometime on July 16th, I'll select a number (using a random number generator) and if that number was the number of your comment, you win! If you leave the name of the person (or blog) that you heard about this contest through, that person may win a little something too! (If you came here all on your own, just throw in the name of a blogging friend...) Post about the contest on your blog and you'll increase your chances of at least coming in runner-up! (More people will list you as their referrer.)
harvest-

earth-


The lucky winner will receive one hank of Blue Sky Alpacas' oh-so-soft-and-scrumptious new yarn - Suri Merino, just introduced earlier this month at the latest TNNA Trade Show, in either Harvest or Earth. This lovely new yarn is 60% baby suri and 40% merino in a soft single ply that knits up to a suggested gauge of 5-6 sts per inch on US size 5-7 ndls. I am currently swatching on some different needle sizes to play with it and see what the differing fabric results will be... I'll keep you posted about that as time allows...

I'm also working up a quick and easy cabled hat pattern that you can make with just one skein, so you'll have something to do with your yarn - we don't want to see this lovely new yarn just sitting in a stash somewhere...


So far, 2 new patterns have been released using the Suri Merino- the High Neck Cable sweater-

and the Hat & Wristlets set- (which also uses Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes)
I haven't knit a sample of either of these yet, but I have had them in my hands to work on the technical editing- they are cute pieces and this yarn just feels good knit up. It really is so soft! (gotta love that suri alpaca!)
So there ya go- new yarn, new patterns to try, a new contest to enter, and it's not even your birthday! Unless it is, in that case, well, happy birthday!

Happy knitting-
ali

ps- I think it was either 4 or 5 summers ago that I learned to knit, I truly can't remember for sure, and since I didn't write it down... well, I know it was in this house, so it can't be more than 6 years... we'll go with 5, which would have made me 28 years old when I held my first knitting needles... though I had crocheted on and off since a young girl.

222 Comments:

Blogger Sheila said...

I learned to knit when I was 12. I was in junior high and it was a fiber project for art class. I even remember knit with 2 strand of Red Heart yellow and blue for a fun tweedy look. I don't think I made anything out of it but I was on the road.

6/26/2007 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

Hmm.....what age did I learn to knit? I learned in Brownies when I was 8, but sorta dropped it till I was 19 and in nursing school. Then I became totally addicted!! That's almost (eek) 20 years ago now!!

6/26/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Lauren/knitting in the dark said...

I first learned to knit when I was five and I wanted to be just like mommy. I completed about 6" square of garter stitch in a light blue chunky wool and then forgot about knitting for many years after that. I picked it up again in December of 2001 while I was visiting my aunt during Christmas vacation and about to go study in London without any of my friends...

6/26/2007 7:32 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Ooh here she is with another enticing contest!! I learned to knit very late in the game--age 35!!

6/26/2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger Spincerely said...

Hi, I think I learned to knit when I was 9 or 10. I know it was before 6th grade though. It was semi-self taught and also a bit by a friend of our family. I knit here and there through the years but became totally addicted about 4 years ago! I read about this contest on The ADD Knitter's blog:)

6/26/2007 10:04 PM  
Blogger Guinifer said...

I was 9 - I learned at a Community Ed class - I was the youngest person there.

I found the post all on my own!

6/26/2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger midwifemom said...

I learned some from my grandma as a little girl. But then as an adult, I told my mom that I wanted to learn. So for Christmas of '99, she got me one of those book sets "I Taught Myself Knitting" or something like that. So at age 22 I learned how to knit.

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/midwifemom/

I didn't learn about this from anyone. So I would like to put my friend Lori's name in the drawing.
Her website is
http://lorislightextemporanea.blogspot.com/

6/26/2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger Knitting Mama said...

I learned knit stitch originally when I was about 7 years old from a nanny. But didn't pick it up again until I was 24. I know I won the last contest (!) but I thought I'd share my knitting experience!

6/26/2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I learned to knit from my grandma when I was about 11. She was visiting on furlough for about 3 weeks with us. It was summer vacation, it was hot and I was bored to death!! I didn't keep it up, and came back to it about 5 years ago when I was 34.

6/26/2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger renee said...

I learned to knit when I was 28 also! I learned at a community ed class.

I read about the contest directly on your blog, but I originally found your blog from Amanda at Clothesknit.

6/26/2007 10:40 PM  
Blogger Gabe said...

I learned to knit when I was 15, which was about 6 months ago! It was during the holiday season and I wanted to learn how anyone could deal with TWO needles, but now I know and it sortaa consumed me! I love it! I used acrylic for about 2 weeks then boughtg some cascade 220 and have since dropped the acrylic altogether! I came on my own and my blogging buddy is Lynne @ www.iwasknittogetherinmymotherswomb.typepad.com, Love the yarn!

6/26/2007 10:50 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

The yarn looks scrumptious! Great colors, too. I was 28 when I learned to knit. Haven't stopped since!

6/26/2007 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I learned to knit when I was 30. Several of my fellow students in my yoga teacher training course were knitting away during the breaks, and I became intrigued. By time the proram was over, we were all knitting on garter stitch scarves during the lectures. Our teacher didn't mind; she's the one that taught most of us.

6/27/2007 1:49 AM  
Blogger R a i n said...

I was around 12 and my parents taught me. I had just finished learning crochet and wanted to branch out.

I didn't proceed much and only picked it up last year, 10 years later. =D

6/27/2007 2:28 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

I was about 7 when I was taught at school, I used to knit for my dolls. Late teens I started knitting for myself. There was a 7 year hiatus and I started again when I was 50, and love the extra dimension the internet gives.

Found it on my own!

6/27/2007 3:09 AM  
Blogger EnnaVic said...

I learnt to knit properly when I was 6 or 7. The first thing I remember knitting was a dolls skirt. I found this blog on my own :)

6/27/2007 4:13 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Does it count if I don't remember? I was a child I, I just don't remember not knowing how to knit. I knit quite a bit in college, then to a hiatus of many years and started up seriously again about 5 years ago.

6/27/2007 4:24 AM  
Blogger sophanne said...

I learned to knit when I was 25 from a Holocaust survivor who re-knit sweaters to sell on the black market. Then I learned again at about 40 because it didn't stick so much the first time.

A.D.D. Knitter sent me here.

That high neck pattern looks yummy.

6/27/2007 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I learned to knit 7 years ago after seeing a women knitting at an airshow. Since I didn't know anyone who knita and at the time there wasn't a lys I bought a book and taught myself.

6/27/2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

Hi!
Made my way over from the A.D.D. Knitter......I learned to knit while in college....I mush have been 19 years old....Have been going strong ever since!:)

6/27/2007 6:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I first learned to knit my first year of college, so I must have been 18. Twenty years ago. Gulp.

I came here from the comment you left on my blog! :)

6/27/2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger SheepsPyjamas said...

I learned to knit when I was three! My gramma taught all of our generation to knit fairly early, though I admit I didn't accomplish anything really exciting (beyond the scope of squiggly sided scarves, pot holders and makeshift doll stuff) until I'd started junior high -- then I knit a sweater, ran out of yarn, and began my inability to follow a pattern as written all at once.

Credit for pointing me in this direction goes to Jean at so please enter her for spreading the word as well {waves to Jean}...

6/27/2007 7:56 AM  
Blogger Fiber_Chic said...

I learned when I was 8, and that summer, I knit and knit and knit.....then got bored with it. That Christmas I started up again, but just scarves.....eventually, I accepted patterns, and now here I am!

6/27/2007 8:37 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

I was 14 when I learned the basics but after 1 scarf never went back to it for about 20 years. It still didn't take over my life until I learned to knit socks 2 1/2 years ago at the age of 56. That's my story & I'm sticking to it. ;-)

6/27/2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger uberstrickenfrau said...

I came over from Add-knitter, and I was 24 when I taught myself to knit- 21years ago YIKES! So how come I'm not any better after all these years?????

6/27/2007 9:20 AM  
Anonymous joy said...

i learned to knit this past january, at age 27. and today is my birthday, so thanks for the contest! :)

6/27/2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

I first learned to knit when I was 5. My aunt taught me because I was infatuated with the mittens she used to make. Only learned the knit stitch and didn't understand that it took a purl stitch to make it look like "real knitting". That's 26 years ago! Yikes!

6/27/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger Right Out Load said...

I was 34 years old when I finally learned to knit. It had been on my to do list for eons. I learned at the LYS, or what used to be the LYS when I lived in Mpls. I come from a long line of crocheters, which I'm just now sort of learning.

6/27/2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

I learned to knit when I was 18. My mom taught me right before she drove me from CA to PA for college. I didn't see too much of the scenery... I was too busy making a sweater.
The A.D.D. Knitter sent me here :)

6/27/2007 10:22 AM  
Anonymous heather t said...

Hmm, I think I was 12. My mom decided my brother and I were going to learn, picked out our yarn and the pattern. The yarn was this hideous bright acrylic with silver strands running through it. Mine was hot pink, my brother's royal blue. He finished his slippers; I did not. I learned to crochet and granny-squared my way through junior high. I finally picked up knitting again at age 35. So you get both ages. :D

I have you bookmarked! So I will "refer" my friend Caitlin (www.crescentknitter.blogspot.com) instead.

6/27/2007 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Sadly I did not learn to knit until I was 36 (I'm now 38) and I took a couple of classes at the LYS. I am so jealous of those people who have been knitting since they were kids!

6/27/2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

I learned to knit almost four years ago, my freshmen year of college. I knew how to crochet, and decided to join a knitting and crochet club at my college. They taught me to knit and I haven't been able to put the needles down since!

6/27/2007 10:41 AM  
Anonymous ck said...

I also learned to crochet very young, but didn't learn to knit until age 31.

6/27/2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Khadijha Caitlin said...

I learned to knit just about 6 years ago when I was 17. Now I'm a knitting freak! My ex sister in law showed me how and now she left and I guess I'm the resident knitter in the family :)

I read about this contest on Heather's blog

http://tinkymcfrog.blogspot.com/

and I'll be putting a link to it at my blog, www.crescentknitter.blogspot.com

6/27/2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

The first time I learned to knit, I think I was 8 or 9, Grandma taught me. Picked it up again 3 years ago.

I found your blog through Kaity at http://kaityvr.wordpress.com/

6/27/2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

I have crocheted since I was little but I learned to knit from my hubby'd grandma when we moved to FL 2 yrs ago. I was 20 yrs old. I am so glad I learned!

6/27/2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger sunneshine said...

My grandma taught me how to knit when I spent the summer with her when I was 9. I have always kinda knit, but I really got back into it about two years ago...

I am not sure where I found you but maybe it was from Leslie at a-friend-to-knit-with dot blogspot...

6/27/2007 11:32 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I vaguely remember my mom showing me the knit stitch when I was maybe 6 or so, but I actually learned to knit when I was 32 or 33 (I'm 40 now).

6/27/2007 11:33 AM  
Anonymous yvonnep said...

I learned to knit very young. I must have been 7 or 8 and I remember exactly what is was that we had to knit: an oven cloth. With extreme fine needles for a child, US 0 or 2 mm and light blue cotton we had to do 4 rows 4 k and 4 p, 4 rows 4 p and 4 k etc.

I found your web via Guinifer

6/27/2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger cbknits80 said...

I learned to knit when I was 21, and haven't looked back sense. I saw this post on the blog Halfway Down the Stairs.

6/27/2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I learned to knit when I was about 10 but the project was an afgan and I got frustrated with it and put it away until sometime after my first child was born. I was in my mid 20's then. I finished it but didn't pick up my needles again until that same child turned 13 and on her birthday I got her a book with some simple projects and needles. I thought hey I can do this and proceded to knit hats and scarves for everyone(my then five children, Mom and step dad, Dad and Step mom, Mom and Dad in-law, my sister and her husband) I did all those from Oct to Nov that year and had them all mailed out and under everyones tree for Chritsmas. Then a friend told me about socks and I found a pattern online and made socks for my children and some little booties for my new little one. Now I am working on a sweater while DD1 is knitting purses, eye glass holders, head bands and cell phone socks for her friends. I have been coming to your site ever sense your last contest which I found out about from midwifemom from homeschoolblogger so she is the one who gets the credit. now I need to go post on my page and nurse my son. Laura

6/27/2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I learned to knit as a very little girl, but only made stockinette squares that rolled up and frustrated me. I really learned to knit when I was 15. I made legwarmers for ballet.

6/27/2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger thursday said...

I only started knitting last year (august I think). That'd make me 29. And I taught myself with books, mainly, and some online help! What inspired me to learn? Craftylilly (aka Jennifer). I had her as a partner in a swap at Swap-bot and checked out her blog. Nobody in my family knits or crochets regularly (apparently one grandmother knows how to knit but I've never seen her do it!).

6/27/2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger GailV said...

What fun! I learned to knit when I was about 10 years old; I taught myself from pictures in a craft magazine. And I've kept steadily at it for all of these years (and we're talking decades here, folks).

I found out about the contest simply from reading your blog, but I originally found your blog via Tammy at http://tammyknits.blogspot.com/

6/27/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

I learned when I was about 10 from my mother, an amazing knitter, but I didn't start knitting seriously until about 7 years ago. In the intervening.. decades.. I crocheted. Now I'm knitting knitting knitting - and just made my first socks!
I heard about the contest from Caitlin, the Crescent Knitter (another amazing knitter, and friend).

6/27/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Barbara B. Solbrig said...

Librarian Knits blog led me to this contest, so of course I had to giveher the plug. I learned how to knit in the summer of 1997, so ten years ago. I am 45 now, so I was 35 when I learned to knit.

6/27/2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger gradschoolknitter said...

I think I was 9... possibly even younger but that's the first time I remember working on a project. I think my first project was mittens... I remember that they weren't very warm though!

Also, I got here through the ADD Knitter.

6/27/2007 4:31 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

I started knitting when I was 25- I bought a kit at the drugstore on a whim.

6/27/2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger LaVerna said...

I learned to knit in 2000 when I was 31.I figured new millenium,time to learn something new.So I got Melanie Fallicks Teach Kids to Knit book and I have been obsessed since.
I found this on The ADD Knitters blog. theaddknitter.blogspot.com

6/27/2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I learned (for real) when I was 22. As a child I started a garter stitch scarf, but that doesn't count.

I came over from
http://librarianknits.blogspot.com/2007/06/catching-up.html

6/27/2007 6:30 PM  
Blogger Heddy said...

I learned to knit when I was in Brownies -- aboput 8 years old--- for a knitting badge (I loved it, took a book out of the library and renewed the loan every week for a year while I knit a doll), after the doll was done, I forgot all about knitting.

I took up the needles again when I was 34, wanting to make a gift for a new niece -- couldn't remember a thing! Bought Susan Bates Learn to knit booklet and I have been going great guns since

(I don't usually count the childhood knitting whwn asked when i learned to knit -- didn't retain a thing! and only knew how to do the knit stitch, no pul, no casting on, no casting off!)

I read your blog often, so wasn't linked here from anyone (but I will link to you on my blog!)

6/27/2007 7:53 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I was 22 when I taught myself how to knit. My second son was a baby at the time.

6/27/2007 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I learned to knit when I was about 14 my mom taught me and I wasn't that excited about it until I learned how to knit miiitens and then I took off and I LOVE to knit now its just finding the time to do it.

6/27/2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Heatherly said...

it was three years ago march ...so i was 28.

6/27/2007 8:36 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

My great-grandmother first taught me to knit when I was about 10. I didn't do anything with it - I think she taught me because I was bored.

Then when I was 20 I got the bug and decided to learn it again.

I had gotten a book from the library and went to a LYS. The kindly lady who owned the shop at that time selected a pair of size 8 straights (the only straights I have ever purchased) and some inexpensive (=scratchy) green wool. I knit my dh a scaft that he still uses today even though it is ratty and the garter stitched stretched out ridiculously. (He is 6' and the scarf will go around his neck twice and both ends will stick out from below the edge of a jacket that hits at mid thigh - the closest guess is that it is about 8 feet long).

I found you myself, so I will refer my fried Stacy (http://clickityclick2.blogspot.com/)

I will be posting a link on my site as well.

Stop over and enter the contest I am currently running:

http://houseofwool.blogspot.com/2007/06/what-would-you-call-it.html

6/27/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger lexa said...

I'm guestimating that I was about 10 when I learned to knit. I had sharpened two sticks from a basket and was trying to learn that way. My friend from across the street had yarn and only one set of needles. My mother's mother was there, and I guess I made her feel so bad that a couple of days later she had a package in the mail for me consisting of a set of needles (which I still have, hard shape at the tips and never used any more but will always keep, about a 4mm) and some bright pink and purple acrylic yarn.

I heard about your conest from Heddy at ewegottaknit.blogspot.com.

6/27/2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger holly said...

I just learned to knit one year ago, at the ripe old age of 41! I had no teachers, just a couple books and the wonderful knittinghelp dot com. Thanks for the contest, and I love your designs!

6/27/2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger Yarn Thing said...

I learned to knit about three years ago which made me 26 years old. I have been crocheting for nearly 10 years.

marly
summerkalcal.blogspot.com

6/28/2007 1:12 AM  
Blogger Ger said...

I learnt to knit while in school at about age 7, more years ago than I want to say. I have always liked it and when about 10 I was knitting children's sweaters, hats, mittens as gifts for poorer people and to be sold at charity sales. I knit clothes for myself, my DH and for my 3 now grown children and for lots of others too.It brings me pleasure and relaxation. I came to your link while browsing :
celticmemoryyarns.blogspot.com

6/28/2007 4:55 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

This took a bit of thinking! It was in Australia. I recently had my first born who received handknitted sweaters from the ex-stepmother-in-law. So, it must have been 1986.

6/28/2007 6:09 AM  
Blogger Arianne said...

I learned when I was 19, but I didn't start knitting full speed ahead until last October.

Also, www.librarianknits.blogspot.com sent me here!

6/28/2007 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Cathy-Cate said...

I was introduced to knitting at age 7 ("Cathy, this is knitting; knitting, this is Cathy!) but really just knit an indescribable scarf on my knitting loom, so I'd have to say I really LEARNED to knit at age 18 -- went off to college and then started to knit, when I was no longer libing with the resident knitter and crocheter, my mother! She gave me Knitting Without Tears within a year of my learning to knit and it changed my life....
My age 7 scarf, made on the Knitting Jenny loom of leftover acrylic yarns from various family stashes, including one memorable section of Day-Glo orange bulky yarn, is still worn by my father 36 years later. That's so sweet! It's so hideous!

6/28/2007 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Cathy-Cate said...

PS I read about this contest at Stumbling Over Chaos.

6/28/2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Ann-Marie said...

i learned to knit when i was 6.
i can still remember the yellow acrylic yarn and the green plastic knitting needles.
my Irish grandmother was visiting and my mom and sister were there too.
i didn't knit from about age 12-25 but then when my nephew was born i started up again...now i'm addicted!!

6/28/2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Mmmm...Blue Sky Alpaca...
I was 30 and stuck with a stress fracture and bored out of my mind and my mom taught me to knit and I haven't stopped since ;)

6/28/2007 7:14 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

What a fun contest. I was sent here by Chris (stumblingoverchaos.com).
My friend's grandmother taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really didn't like how slow I thought it was. My grandmother had taught me to crochet at 10 and I was pretty fast with that; being a kid, I need instant gratification, so I only knit for a short while and picked it up again as an adult.

p.s. today isn't my birthday, but it is my blogiversary :)

6/28/2007 7:24 AM  
Blogger ~~Knitting Addict~~ said...

Hi! Thanks for the contest :))))

I was 46 when I learned, and I am very sorry I waited so long too! LOVE it!

I got here from a post on this blog ;) http://limedragon.com/2007/05/17/hat-of-gold/ just in case I get lucky!

6/28/2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

I heard about your contest from Chris (of Chaos & Mayhem fame). I believe I was 13 when I learned to knit in "crap acrylic" in YELLOWS and ORANGES - a ripple afghan. Too funny, I'm using acrylic now to make a blue/bone/white ripple afghan!
(((hugs)))

6/28/2007 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I'm here from Stumbling Over Chaos. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7. And that was a long, long time ago. My grandma taught me and the first thing I made was a nasty looking scarf.

6/28/2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger Psyche said...

I learned to knit last December, in a drive-by lesson from my grandmother, who was on her way to a bridge game! I was (and am) 25.

And I found out about this from Julie: http://noolieknits.typepad.com/noolieknits/.

~Ann

6/28/2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

Ooh, what lovely yarn! I was 26 when I learned.

6/28/2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Stumbling over Chaos sent me...

I learned (self-taught) to knit when I was 37. I am 40 now. I am totally addiceted!

6/28/2007 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned to knit when I was 37, after crocheting for 30 years. I learned about this contest from Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos.
Janet H.

6/28/2007 9:17 AM  
Blogger amp said...

love the hat & wristlets pattern! i was 25 or 26. =]

6/28/2007 9:21 AM  
Anonymous nishanna said...

i learned to knit when i was 18. I had just gone off to college and There were professor auctions where professors would donate their time, cooking, etc. and the money would go to a charity near the college. A professor was offering knitting lessons and knitting was something that i felt i should know how to do, having crocheted since i was 5. Even then i walked around campus with a ball of yarn in my pocket and needled is my hand, no matter what.

6/28/2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger --Deb said...

That's really a two-answer question--technically, I learned to KNIT when I was about 7, from our next-door neighbor who taught me to knit. Not purl. Not cast-on. Not increasing or decreasing or anything else. Just . . . knit. I eventually bought a book that enabled me to figure out how to cast on and thus followed a lot of boring garter stitch rectangles....

I consider, therefore, that I REALLY learned to knit in college, when I was 21. That's when I bought Maggie Righetti's "Knitting in Plain English," devoured the entire thing, and then knitted my very first sweater--a lopi, stranded, pullover sweater, using both hands for the color work, and on circulary needles--all in ten days.

6/28/2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Ragan said...

Hmmm..first learned at about age 8. I made a belt...and well, then put the needles away...far far away...and picked them up again last year (at 31) with my cousin's influence. :)

6/28/2007 9:48 AM  
Blogger Ragan said...

Oh yeah...learned about your contest at...My House of Wool.

6/28/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I was 20. I taught myself late one night in my college dorm room.

6/28/2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Margene said...

Julie of Noolie Knits and Chris of Stumbling over Chaos both sent me. I learned to knit when I was 24 (that was 33 years ago) and I havent' stopped knitting all these years.

6/28/2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I learned to knit at age 7 in Brownies. Learned to knit. Made a square, didn't pick it up again until I was 31....

6/28/2007 10:45 AM  
Blogger knottykitty said...

I learned to knit when I was 45 years old (better late than never!), though I didn't have much time to devote until the past year or so.

Now I sometimes wish I would have learned earlier in life....all of the projects I would have had time for!

6/28/2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

I learned in June 2004, I was 33. Taught by my friend who is a midwife. Been obsessed ever since!

6/28/2007 11:05 AM  
Anonymous jeanne said...

My sister taught me to knit when I was twelve. Her sewing class was branching out into knitting, crochet and embroidery, so she passed the basics along to me and promptly forgot all about them. She went back to her first love, sewing, and I happily embarked on my new one!

Thank you for the contest - most kind. ;D

6/28/2007 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Ali S said...

I taught myself to knit when I was 23. I had been crocheting since I was about 7 but didn't really like it. I had some yarn laying around and I found some chop sticks (they are still my fav 'sticks' to work with). I sat at the computer and googled knitting and knittinghelp.com popped up and it was over. I have been knitting ever since. I was sent here by http://houseofwool.blogspot.com

6/28/2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

I was 7 years old when I learned to knit, I'm 53 now...
Julie at Noolieknits sent me...it's her blogiversary...

6/28/2007 11:33 AM  
Anonymous craptina said...

I'm here via ADD knitter. I learned to knit when I was 13. My mother taught me because her mother was a brilliant knitter, and had passed away before finishing one last blanket. I still have the unfinished garment, which has always been an inspiration to me.

6/28/2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I was 7 or 8 years old when Mom taught me to knit. (Golly that's 39 or 40 years ago)

6/28/2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I learned to knit when I was 28 (5 years ago) through a community ed. knitting class. I learned about your contest through Chris over at Stumbling Over Chaos. That Blue Sky Suri Alpaca looks lovely! What a great contest. :)

6/28/2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

My residence was collecting knitted squares for blankets to donate, and I learned then. I guess it was late 2002, making me 18.

6/28/2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that I got here via Stumbling Over Chaos.

6/28/2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger monica said...

I don't remember not being able to knit, I am going to guess 5 or 6. I know my mom taught me to knit, but I don't remember her actually teaching me. i just remember being able to. My sister sent me a link to your blog.

6/28/2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I learned to knit at age 37 and it's the best thing (well the second best thing, my daughter was the best!) I ever did

My blogless friend Maddy taught me a lot of what I know today and am forever grateful! :-)

6/28/2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

I learned when I was 27. My mom showed me some basics and then I took a class and was hooked from there!

6/28/2007 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Pauline said...

I was 7 - my Grammie taught me when she was visiting - I knit a swatch! But I became a Knitter shortly after I was married. Something to do with having an sufficient income to build a stash!

6/28/2007 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I taught myself my first semester at Purdue. I was 18 and wanted something to carry with me to do between classes.

And Julie of Noolie Knits sent me here. :)

6/28/2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger String Bean said...

I learned to knit when I was 14. My mom tried to teach me earlier than that, but I just couldn't get it. I got so frustrated with it at first that I actually threw my needles out! A year later she re-taught me and now I knit more than anyone in my family. Now I'm the one fixing my mom's mistakes!

I read about this contest on Stumbling Over Chaos' blog.

6/28/2007 12:13 PM  
Blogger Lovelock79 said...

I learned how to knit when I was 18. My grandma used to make me the most beautiful sweaters growing up and I would always ask her to teach me how to knit when she would visit. She told me she didn't have the patients to teach me because I didn't sit still. When she found out she had cancer I went and spent the summer with her. During that summer, she taught me how to knit. I think it's one of the best things she could have given me; now when I knit I feel connected to her.

6/28/2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger April said...

I was taught to knit several times by my Grandma when I was a child, but it never stuck and I don't think i got beyond the second row of knitting. I picked it up again 4 years ago, after my first son was born. I wanted knit soakers, but didn't want to pay a lot of money for them. I remember not buying many supplies because I didn't know if it was something I would keep doing. Little did I know that I would become a bit obsessed. I was 24. I saw a note about your contest at Stumbling over Chaos.

6/28/2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger Throws Like A Girl said...

It was just after my son was born. Let's see. I was almost 32 and I very unsuccessfully tried to learn from the book, "I can't believe I'm knitting!" or something to that effect. I eventually learned from a mom whose daughters I taught piano to and my MIL. I found this contest through www.stumblingoverchaos.com.

6/28/2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

I was 27, and learned to help overcome the Baby Blues...

I heard about the contest from Julie at Noolie Knits! :0)

6/28/2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Golly, I learned to knit at a relatively old age - 28. I taught myself, with a little help from Martha Stewart. :)

6/28/2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger Heide said...

My late grandmother taught me to knit when I was a mere lass of ten. Finer points were picked up over the years from a variety of places. Miss Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos was the nexus between your contest and me. Cheers.

6/28/2007 1:02 PM  
Blogger BigAlice said...

I'm always a bit intimidated by all the people who learned to knit when they were 3 and have been churning out sweaters ever since. So it's nice to see that not everyone has a bazillion-year history of knitting here.

I learned to knit only a couple years ago, when I was 30. I learned to crochet maybe a couple years before that. I was so enthralled with knitting that I knit an entire variegated skein of acrylic into a big stockinette rectangle, just for something to knit, ha.

I came here via http://houseofwool.blogspot.com/

6/28/2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I first learned a bit from my grandma when I was 6 or 7 (I think), and I learned again last winter when I was 20.

I found this through Stumbling Over Chaos.

6/28/2007 1:25 PM  
Blogger sturdygirl said...

I learned to knit when I was 16, on Christmas break from college. I was curious about it because my roommate was a knitter, and in a fit of boredom (ha!) I asked my mom to teach me.

6/28/2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I learned to knit when I was 22. I've been knitting ever since...

Oh, at Noolie sent me (Julie)

6/28/2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger ambermoggie said...

I was 5 years old and learnt with my Nan
woolly wormheads blog is great. I actually read your blog so knew of the contest
amber

6/28/2007 2:31 PM  
Blogger g-girl said...

I think I was 29 when I first learned to knit! I had been wanting to knit since before then and tried to teach myself but that didn't work out to my advantage. My knitting knowledge was finally solidified after I think, my third teacher! lol. :) oh yeah, I came via stumbling chaos!

6/28/2007 3:15 PM  
Blogger jeannie said...

I learned to knit in Ireland in 1960-61 when I was nine. That would have been fourth grade in the States. My classmates had been knitting long enough that they were cranking out sweaters (beg pardon, jumpers) in two weeks! My first scarf took about nine months or more to finish. My dad got it the next year for Christmas and wore it (proudly, bless him!) until he died in 2001.

6/28/2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger jeannie said...

Sorry! I forgot! Addendum to my comment- I came here from Stumbling Over Chaos. Thanks.

6/28/2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I learned to knit when I was 14 - a high school friend went to boarding school for a while, and came back and insisted on teaching everyone at our school how to knit.

6/28/2007 3:27 PM  
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6/28/2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

My grandma taught me how to knit when I was seven to shut me up...er, keep me amused while she'd watch me during the summer. I didn't become a die-hard knitter until I was 30, though.

6/28/2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger J C said...

I taught myself to knit when I was 20 and have been knitting ever since. (I'm 25 now)

6/28/2007 3:48 PM  
Blogger SleepyEyes said...

Great idea for a contest! I learned to knit when I was 29 and became pregant with my second son.

I've only been knitting for 5 years, but I can't remember life without it.

Thanks! Gina : )

6/28/2007 3:55 PM  
Blogger clothesknit said...

i taught myself in between nursing sessions with my little guy. so that must've been 5 years ago...wow! time flies!

6/28/2007 4:00 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Julie sent me.

I first learned when I was 9. It was my first summer spent in Maine and my grandmother taught me basic knit & purl stitch. I didn't do much with it until I was 33, though, when I picked up needles, refreshed my memory, and quickly got hooked.

6/28/2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger Bonnie D. said...

I was 41 - three years ago. My friends and I had a learn to knit night during which the knitters taught the non-knitters how to knit by making a furry scarf.

I found your contest via Monica's blog.
http://worksforyarn.blogspot.com/

6/28/2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

Sad to say, it was just two years ago, at age 36. In that time I've finished just two projects, both of which are still in pieces. Both have been disasters in the final stages - the last sweater wound up 3 inches too long, with a collar too short for the job. I'm going to deal with that eventually, but at the moment I'm working on the world's simpliest poncho, which I've already frogged three times. Like I tell my friends (one of which is Jeannie, who blogs at Jeannie's Hands at Work); I've never enjoyed something more that I was so lousy at!

6/28/2007 5:04 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Would you believe 55? Wait, that's not right. I started last year but hadn't had my 55th yet, so I was 54!

Oh, dear. I just scrolled down through there and I think I'm the oldest so far!

6/28/2007 5:45 PM  
Anonymous shannon k. said...

I was taught by both of my grandmothers around 8 years old. We made squares for an afghan and I made a lot of scarves. I then left it behind when I was 12. I just recently started back up this year and I am totally addicted!!!

6/28/2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

ewegottaknit.blogspot.com sent me this way, thanks for the fun contest. I learned to knit when I was 6 or 7, and tried a few times until 12. Picked up again when I was 29, finally mature enough to enjoy the process :)

6/28/2007 7:39 PM  
Anonymous shannon k said...

Oh yeah, I learned of your site through Kaity's site "If You Want to Destroy My Sweater" :)

6/28/2007 7:47 PM  
Blogger Knit Girl said...

I've been knitting 1 year, so that makes it 29 the age I started! And now I can't put it down!

6/28/2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger GamecockDoc said...

I taught myself to knit a year and a half ago, at age 25. Just picked some of the cast off acrylic from a crochet afghan, bought Stitch n Bitch, and went to it.

Got here from Julie at Noolie Knits

6/28/2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned to knit when I was 6 or 7 years old. My aunt taught me. My mom crochets. I took a 30 year break and picked up the knitting needles again about 3 years ago. I find time every day to knit at least a little. I read about your contest on Monica Knits ...A LOT!

6/28/2007 8:24 PM  
Blogger Paper said...

I was 22--a late bloomer! (Chaon Chris sent me.)

6/28/2007 9:03 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I learned to knit at 8, but I didn't learn how to make anything (other than garter stitch rectangles) until I was 30.

6/28/2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I alwasy wanted to learn how to knit and didn't until I was 44 (And am 46 now). I had twins and there always seemed to be too much to do and I never had the time to concentrate on anything long enough.

I took a class at the community center and many classes more at LYS, etc... My boys are now teemeages and so I knit while I wait for them to g et home at night instead of bitng my fingernails!

6/28/2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Stumbling Over Chaos sent me and I learned to knit (officially) when I was 31 via lessons at the LYS. I say "officially" because my German Grandma tried to teach me around age 10 (it didn't take) and my sister tried in my 20s (not a patient teacher).

My sister had that knack of designing on the fly—she used to knit us all sweaters for Christmas, and rarely used a pattern. She just eyeballed us and started knitting (and they always fit). But carpal tunnel and arthritis ended her knitting. I hope one day I can design on the fly like she did.

6/28/2007 10:01 PM  
Blogger The Knitstress said...

Mom tried to teach me at the age of 11,I failed miserably. I picked it up again at the age of 44 I remembered how to cast on from what mom taught me and using my Knitting for Dummies book and now almost 2 yrs later I can't put my needles down.

6/28/2007 11:53 PM  
Blogger catsmum said...

my grandmother had her first go at teaching me to knit at age five . I was staying with her because mum was in hospital having my brother. I picked it up properly at age seven on another Nana visit. My first proper project was a garter stitch scarf for my grandfather. It was hideous but the poor man kept it and wore it until his death over 20 years later.

6/29/2007 2:55 AM  
Blogger picperfic said...

hello...Noolie sent me here...!!
I learned to knit when I was about 6, I don't remember being shown but I do remember knitting a long strip of pink garter stitch at school and my teacher turned it into a covered coat hanger for a present for my Mum. So how long have I been knitting, oh ok then, about 44 years now so I am very old!

6/29/2007 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Stacy F said...

**I found this through Knitty Banter, by accident. I do not yet have a blog, but a livejournal. My mom taught me to knit about 8 years ago, because I wanted to knit a baby blanket for my friends first child. I did not knit again until winter/spring 2005, after leaving my husband of 14 years. I am 38. I have made my first 2 scarves and am almost done a mitered handbag. I have purchased every size needle in the past year and am excited for my next project which just may be a headband for winter!
PS. I really like your site!
Stacy F

6/29/2007 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I came here via Knitting Aloud. I think I was 28 when I learned - I was writing my dissertation and needed something to distract me!!

6/29/2007 6:52 AM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I learned how to knit when I was six or seven. My mom and grandmother taught me. I got my start making clothes for my Barbie dolls, and eventually I learned to knit for myself. I discovered at a tender age the truth to the boyfriend sweater curse. . .

I found out about your contest on the Noolie Knits blog, and I found her blog through the She-Knit podcast.

6/29/2007 8:06 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I came along from http://yearnsforyarn.blogspot.com/...

I learned the basics of knit and purl at age 12/13 - made on stockinette scarf and put down the needles for 35 years! I re-learned at the end of the Knitting Olympics 2006.

6/29/2007 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Heather R said...

I learned how to machine knit Jan 2004. I learned how to hand knit Jan 2006. Something about starting new things I guess to both be in January.:)

6/29/2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

10 or 11. I wanted my grandma to make me a far out poncho but she taught me to knit instead so I could make my own far out poncho.

Ponchos came back in style but now they are wicked cool not far out.

6/29/2007 8:25 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

I learned to knit when I was around 10 or 11. I made a pair of chunky slippers in an unattractive blue-green color, then didn't knit again for almost 30 years when my obsessive knitting phase began – four or five years ago.

I heard about your contest from Knitting Aloud (http://knittingaloud.blogspot.com/)

6/29/2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

The first time I learned to knit I was probably around 7. I gave it up for awhile and got a lot more serious when I was 30. I haven't stopped since (16 yrs ago). And, I found this contest (and blog) from:
http://g-girl-knittingadventures.blogspot.com

6/29/2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger Kellie Huffman said...

Hi: g-girl from 'left-handed knitting' sent me over
I learned to knit at 34 while snowed in at my inlaws. I had wanted to learn how to knit for years and since I wasn't going anywhere my DMIL taught me. It took some doing. I had to reverse her right-hand knittng into my left-hand knitting but I have had something on the needle or hook [she taught me to crochet soon afterwards] ever since.

6/29/2007 9:02 AM  
Blogger Libby said...

Holy smokes...there's a lot of comments!

I learned to knit first when I was 6...lasted about 5 1/2 minutes.

I then picked up the needles again to knit my boyfriend (at the time) an afghan when I worked for the SoulSuckers...so that would have been....3 1/2 years ago. 4 this coming September. :) Never looked back.

6/29/2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I learned at 38 years old (just a year ago). Thank you for the contest and let me add that Noolie's blog sent me here.

6/29/2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger Nichole D. said...

I learned to knit when I was 18, but didn't really knit anything until I was 20. I was pregnant, and decided to knit a baby blanket. I finished it, but unfortunately it was in red heart, and by the time my daughter was born, I felt really bad about forcing her to sleep with a scratchy acrylic blanket.

I heard about this contest over at Jeannie's Hands at Work.

6/29/2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

I was seven years old, and not a play outside kind of child. I taught myself using a book, after both grandmothers tried without success. They were pickers and I'm a thrower, which is why I think it was difficult. I found this on Dana's blog, Knitting Aloud.

6/29/2007 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Susanne said...

I was in my early teens, don't remember exactly but I will say about 14..I then proceeded to knit my boyfriend, (later husband) a sweater into which you could have put 5 large men!! His Mom grabbed the sweater and re-knit it in just a few days, the proper size and pattern...gauge? there was a gauge???? who knew?? It all turned out and I haven't stopped knitting since. Now 5 grand children later, there is much knitting around this house!

6/29/2007 10:54 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

This July I will be 50. The summer I turned 8 my babysitter, Hilda Hoyt, taught me to knit. I remember the 1965 Green color she chose for me to knit my first pair of mittens. I have been making my own mittens since then. My Mother also knits but did not have the patience to teach me. The summer before she taught me crochet. I still have the crochet hook she gave me to learn and the granny square afghan I made.

6/29/2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

I was about 7, and I wanted to knit a pink scarf for my Barbie. I remember my mom finished it for me. I used skinny steel needles, and the 2 inches I had knit were the tightest, grubbiest looking stitches in the world!! It wasn't until about 20 years ago, I picked it up again, for reals!

6/29/2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

Came over here from Noolie's blog ...

I was either 7 or 8 when I learned to knit. My aunt taught me with some incredibly ugly orange acrylic yarn. It's a good thing I could see beyond the yarn, because clearly the knitting thing stuck -- my aunt now asks me for knitting help!

6/29/2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger Kenyetta said...

I taught myself to knit when I was 29. I taught my daughters, the oldest when she was 8 and the other when she was 6.

6/29/2007 12:59 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I learned when I was younger. I know it was before teenager, as I started my first afghan at 13/14 and already knew how to make the stitches. Julie (http://noolieknits.typepad.com/noolieknits/) sent me over :)

6/29/2007 1:36 PM  
Blogger Sherry G said...

Mom taught me to knit when I was five. I've knitted off & on all my life --BUT, now that I've retired, I knit all the time! I heard about your blog from Heddy, here: http://ewegottaknit.blogspot.com/

6/29/2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous suec said...

hi- I was around 12 when my grandma taught me and my sisters to knit- she thought we should make an afghan for our little brothers; we were not very good or very dedicated so they kinda ended up with a little throw...and she knitted a lot of it. I was a VERY tight knitter when I started so gave it up for a long time and only crocheted for years but since I came back to knitting have done better with the tension. I found this contest at knitting aloud

6/29/2007 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Karin said...

My fifth grade teacher taught me and two other girls in the class -- I was age 10. And over the years, I knit off and on until I began knitting continuously in 1995.

6/29/2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos sent me over here too.

I taught myself to knit the winter of 1995 when I was ......roughly five years older than I am now.....

6/29/2007 4:49 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

i learned to knit when i was 33 by my friend and co-blogger.

6/29/2007 5:52 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

My mom taught me to knit in 1956, when I was 5. We bought variegated wool at the dime store and I made my dad a muffler - which I still have.

6/29/2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

I learned to knit (without the training wheels of someone glued to my side) at age 36....lol, just last year! And I am hooked, knitting socks, sweaters, etc all the time. I like the funky , punky , vintage, retro looks best. I keep bugging my husband to get an alpaca! I surfed in here from Kaity on "if you want to destroy my sweater" blog.

6/29/2007 9:23 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

I learned to knit at 7. :)

6/29/2007 10:51 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

A co-worker "taught" several of us at work to knit two years ago. And that what we now do after we eat our lunch! I was 39. Had wanted to knit for years, but didn't know anyone that could!
My goal for this year was to learn to knit socks! So I took a class. One more class and I'll have finished my first sock!

6/30/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

I learned to knit when I was 39, which was about 6 months ago.

I heard about this contest on Mercy's site (http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/midwifemom).

6/30/2007 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anne B. said...

I originally learned to knit when I was 9 or so while in Girl Scouts. I never did much until many, many years later (a year ago) when I started agin with a vengeance!

I came here from Librarian Knits blog.

6/30/2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

I learned to knit when I was... let me try to remember... well, I must have been 7 years old! Actually, knitting and crocheting were taught in schools here in Austria, we had special "Crafting Classes" - a thing they don't do anymore unfortunately, what a shame! And well, I hated to crochet back then, but I loved to knit and have continued to do so ever since!

7/01/2007 5:47 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I learned to knit when I was 24. I had just started a PhD program and the school offered art and craft workshops for students. I convinced several classmates to take knitting with me and several of us are still knitting seven years later.

7/01/2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger Cactusneedles said...

My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was probably about 6 or 8 years old (I don't exactly remember). We were visiting her for the summer and she taught me how to make a simple stst blanket for my barbie doll.

7/01/2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Shanidy said...

Hi there! I learned to knit 2 years ago at age 23. I was bored during graduate school...and a new love was born!

7/01/2007 11:47 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Sturdy girl told me about this little contest so here goes my entry: I learned to knit when I was 29 (i'm 48 now) when I was pregnant with my first child. I had been crocheting since I was 10 and thought it was high time I learned to knit.

7/01/2007 12:36 PM  
Anonymous merp said...

I learned to knit from my Grandma when I was about 11. Unless you count using this really simple "knitting machine" (a plastic hoop with pegs all around, and you lift each loop of yarn over the peg and eventually end up with a tube dress for Barbie)--I think i was 7 then. But 11 for real knitting. I've had waves of enthusiasms and periods when I didn't knit at all - this last one has been the longest and I've learned the most - about 5 years, or since I was 31.

http://gradschoolknitter.blogspot.com/ referred me here. My blog is merp.wordpress.com.

7/01/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger trek said...

Visiting from Noolie's. I don't remember how old I was when I learned to cast on, knit, and purl. Probably about 5 or so.

Happy new yarn to you!

7/01/2007 3:43 PM  
Blogger Surviving said...

I just learned to knit in February of this year so that means I was 32.

7/01/2007 6:58 PM  
Blogger Criosa said...

I think I was either 25 or 26. it was close to my birtday, but I forget which side of it. I tried learning a couple times before that, but it didn't click.

7/01/2007 11:32 PM  
Blogger artinreality said...

I first learned to knit in school when I was 10 or 11. I was always very impressed with what my mother could make out of yarn and needles, but my own patience easily faded from my projects, and Knitting was thus easily left behind.
Now I'm 28. I only picked my needles up again a few months ago when I was hosting a knitting work shop in my home and thought to myself that I should really try and get something more out of it than just serving coffee, and quickly learned a few stitches the week before the work shop. And I'm hooked!

Oh, and I read your blog regularly, so I came to you all by myself.

7/02/2007 3:18 AM  
Blogger theblondeknitter said...

yay! another contest!
it was several months ago that i really started knitting and i was 32 (until last week!).
i've always wanted to learn, but never got around to it. you helped me learn to cast on once and then i forgot how, so i got a kit at target that had a dvd and sat with yarn, needles and my husband (so he could rewind the dvd for me and encourage me and help me figure it out!). then i got a skein of homespun from my FIL (who knits) as a gift and you helped me start a garter scarf and showed me how to bind off when it was finished. the rest, they say, is history (and on my blog)!
:)

7/02/2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger PHD Knitter said...

Hmmm .. I learned to knit at 24 - if only I had some knitting relatives who taught me younger, I could be so much better now! I found out about the contest from gradschoolknitter.

7/02/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I learned to knit when I was 29. I got pregnant a month later. Connection there?

7/02/2007 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Eugenie Giguere said...

Bonsoir .
I think it was at 6 years old my grand mother teach me , since that always have a pair of neddles in my purse or bag every where I go, is sweet remember always her that's 30 years ago .to my
Eugenie from Montreal http://tricotcafeamisblogspot.com

7/02/2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger sheepish1 said...

I learned to knit probably around 6 or 7, along with crochet and tatting...took a break from knitting for many years, restarted around 40 again, and now obsessed. Love lace, love socks, love designing...too many projects, too little time...

7/02/2007 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Mrsmiz said...

hi, ali. I love the new patterns you posted.

I first learned a couple of years ago, when I was 27-maybe 28. i think i ws pg with my 3...she is 2 now...I started with a garter stitch scarf, but it wasn't challenging enough for me. then, some wonderful older woman passed on her old Interweave mags. the wonderful patterns in there inspired me and gave me something to work toward...I haven't been teh same since!

heather M :)

7/02/2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger K8 said...

I saw this on grad school knitter's blog. I learned to knit my last year of college, when I was 22 and saw one of my roommates always knitting and watching TV. Soon after she and my other roommate would hang out and watch Gilmore Girls, working on our scarves :) I've kept it up ever since and taught a few others myself.

7/02/2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

I'm not entering the contest-- because, well, I just ran an inventory and- wow. No more yarn for a while.

I really like your hat/fingerless mits set-- especially the mits. It looks like you've used drop stitches in successive rows. I've never seen anyone do this before! It looks great.

7/03/2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

hmmm, originally i had to be about 8 or 9. i learned to knit but had no idea what to do with it. so my skills languished until i was 27 and then i took a class. but then i didn't start seriously knitting until a year a a half ago, so at age 34 or 35. Risa (http://librarianknits.blogspot.com/) sent me here.

7/03/2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

I learned to knit when I was 22. I was in college and there was a yarn store around the corner from my part-time job. I was lured in by the yarn and decided to take a knitting class. I just turned 40 this year. I don't think I'll ever stop knitting.

7/03/2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

I learned to knit when I was 8. I wanted to make a scarf, and I had oh about size 5 needles and some red acrylic. The scarf was at least a foot if not more wide, and needless to say I ran out of yarn after about 4 inches. That was the end of my knitting career until I was probably 19. Oh, and Kate from Kniterations sent me :)

7/03/2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger aisling said...

I learned to knit Feb 2002, so I was 22.

7/03/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I originally learned to crochet from my great-grandmother when I was about 8-ish. I have since forgotten, but I taught myself to knit a couple of years ago.

The reason I started knitting was because my boyfriend plays ALOT of video games and I needed something to keep me busy and not mad at him! Now I am addicted!!!

My blog was mainly knitting, but it is now about my general hobbies. There is still knitting but now I've added Postcrossing, video games, Pullip dolls and a bunch of other things.

7/03/2007 4:17 PM  
Blogger z's momma said...

I learned when I was 39 from a friend and book (mostly from the book as she was learning too). I knit a scarf with some very lovely wool yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool. I read about the contest from jeannie's hands at work blog

7/03/2007 8:47 PM  
Blogger katomliz said...

I learned to knit last year after I retired from 32 years of teaching at the age of 55.My sister gave me a How to Knit Book for a present but I needed to go to a LYS to get more help. I have made a whole new set of friends who love knitting as much as I do. This past month I even learned to spin. P>S>CactusNeedles sent me here!

7/03/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger carole said...

I learned to knit 2 summers ago, I was 45. My baby was about 9 months old and I wanted to knit him wool soakers. I wound up making 2 from the tiny birds pattern with my own dyed wool and then made a pattern myself. Since then, I've made him a few more :-) and countless other things. It's become an addiction, from knitting to spinning... to well I've rambled enough!

Oh and g-girl told me about your contest.

7/04/2007 8:55 AM  
Blogger txknitter said...

I got a really late start. I was 37 when I learned to knit. My sister made it look like so much fun. The rest is history.

7/04/2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I was eight. I had one of the very first Barbies, and my parents gave me a kit to knit Barbie a coat. Big red plastic needles, bright turquoise worsted-weight yarn, and I was *hooked*. One of the women in my Knit Night posted your link to our Yahoo group. She's http://knitalicious.blogsome.com/

7/04/2007 2:28 PM  
Blogger Knitting in Pink said...

I think I might have been taught to knit in second grade or so, but I don't remember actually knitting anything. I really learned to knit less than 2 years ago at age 28.
I read about this contest directly on your blog but I also found your blog only a while back through Amanda.

7/04/2007 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I learned to knit when I was 26 from a woman that was at a knitting group I'd been invited to. My friend was a left-handed knitter and didn't think she could teach a righty to knit, so she passed me off to someone else. I promptly forgot most of what I was taught and wound up teaching myself from a book all over again a few weeks later. Since then I've taught a couple of my friends to knit.

7/05/2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger ~Kristie said...

I first learned to knit when I was 30 from my (then) husband. It only "stuck" for a few months and then life got in the way and I stopped. I picked it back up again when I was 36 and I can't ever imagine stopping again.

By the way, I saw your contest on the Knitting Aloud blog.

7/06/2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Sheknits said...

I learned to knit at the ripe old age of 20. A girlfriend and I were sick of there being no good guys to date and wanted to do something productive with our time other then think about guys. Well, that was 29 years and 7 kids ago...guess I found my guy and was productive inadditional ways since and still knit non-stop.
Sharon
www.she-knits.com
www.she-knits.podcast.com

7/07/2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger Sheknits said...

Sorry...I saw your contest on Noolieknits Blog and I am going to announce it on my podcast if thats ok with you ALi.
Sharon

7/07/2007 9:42 AM  
Blogger meg said...

I learned when I was 28 years old...while in the midst of moving to a new home!

7/07/2007 6:59 PM  
Blogger Susan M. said...

I was almost 35 when I learned to knit 2 years ago. It was a real challenge. I'm left handed, and my teacher (my mom) is right handed. She tried to teach me left handed, but gave up and said "just do it this way". I've been knitting right handed ever since. The serious addiction started about 9 months ago when I decided to make a hat for about 50 2 year olds from my born in September 2004 mom's group bulletin board.

7/08/2007 2:24 AM  
Blogger BeckleSpeckle said...

I learned to knit when I was about 19 at college, but didn't take it up very well because casting-on confused the heck out of me. I took it back up a couple of years ago when I saw a Martha Stewart Living article that explained it better. I've been crocheting since I was about 8, though.

I heard about your contest from the She-Knits podcast.

7/09/2007 10:23 PM  

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