hi! how did you learn to do your crafts? Heres my story:
I attempted knitting in 2020, using a pair of my mom’s needles(she knit scarves),some shiny red yarn, and hopped on youtube and searched up tutorials. I could do a cast on, but it was hard for me do do the knit stich. I then searched up left handed tutorials, but i coldnt and didnt do it for at least a year. during that year, i took up finger knitting. after i picked up the needles again, i tried to knit a baby blanket but it was suppossed to use bulky so i thought, “oh well, ill just use worsted.” shortly after my baby baby brother was born i started crochet. Since i couldnt do a purl st, i auit knitting again. oh well, took it back up and do both.
I had learned some basic crochet as a young child (I don’t really remember learning, but remember doing a lot of finger chains before I was 10; then remember adding crochet edges to socks with my Mammaw in high school)… In Jan 2011 when my son was 18 months, I decided to pick it up again and learn more (that’s when I learned that working in back loop only is technically a specialty stitch, not the standard) I joined a block-a-month CAL so I could practice lots of stitches and in Jan 2012 I assembled a king size afghan
In Sep 2012 I tried learning knit, but when the person teaching me just had me doing a “swatch” that she told me I was going to rip out, I was annoyed and put it away (stupid/petty, I know… But it’s why I suggest a washcloth for someone learning)… I tried again less than a year later and haven’t stopped either craft (although slightly reduced since my daughter was born Jul 2021!
I was quiting smoking and needed something to do with my hands so decided to try crochet. 8 years on I still crochet and don’t smoke.
Yay! One of the reasons I tried crochet, but still smoked like 1 and 1/2 packs per day. Finally went to a vape, and my nicotine consumption has decreased significantly.
So, next goal, no vape.
Good for you!
Aww well done on your progress. I think I’m lucky that I can just stop but the crochet has kept me stopped.
I’m sure you’ll get there when the time is right
I taught myself how to knit first. I made a couple of scarves for gifts 2008 just basic knit purl stitches. I then decided to try crochet a few years later practiced on washcloths for a bit but put it down because at that time I was busy with tutu and hair bows making., when I picked crochet back up I had to reteach myself… since then I haven’t stopped so I’ve been crocheting for aprox 10 years and knitting for 14 yrs. I’m just a basic knitter but looking to up that and start making socks. There’s a local gal whom dyes yarn and I’d like to try (socks) using some of her fabulous yarn.
My grandma taught me when I was a young kid. She would have me practice stitches any time she could get me to sit still. We’d sit out on her porch drinking tea and crocheting. Many an ugly scarf was created that way . When I was a teenager we started making cosplays together. That’s when she showed me how to work a sewing machine, and use/make our own patterns. I got all of my crafty skills from her.