knitting was not my first love in the field of needle arts. i learned to sew when i was about 5 and i was the proud owner of a miniature singer sewing machine, black with gold letters and filigrees and a wheel you turned to make the needle go up and down to create stitches. i wish i still had it! the first project i remember sewing by hand was a small bag for my dolls out of a teal blue and black houndstooth fabric scrap from one of my mother’s suits. wish i still had that, too…’-)
my second love was embroidery which i taught myself in my early teens—i actually still have a night gown that i first sewed from a pattern and then embroidered on the bodice..the once white fabric has yellowed a bit, but the embroidery thread is as vibrant as ever…that was what i loved the colors–have you ever looked at a dmc embroidery thread display–all those incredible, glorious colors! the vocabulary of stitches was awesome too..so many different ways to create a design. one project i remember fondly was a dopey patch that i did free hand (free needle?) in high school for my friend glen’s ripped jeans.
which brings me to my discovery of knitting–i remember knitting a scarf or two in college for a boyfriend, but i did not pursue it. as a newlywed i made friends with an older woman who lived in my apartment building, and miriam taught me how to knit, and this time it stuck.
i loved it! it was meditative and rewarding, making a fabric out of some string and some sticks. of course the string could get pretty fancy. for a while i followed patterns, but then i started making my own. i designed sweaters, pillows and hats. again i just loved all the colors. all in my own style, some with as many as 90 colors in them.
i knitted off and on for a good many years. and then i started making jewelry and felting and dyeing and all kinds of things, and got far away from knitting. but lately i have been turning back to knitting and really savoring the experience.
one thing i enjoy knitting are these funky fingerless gloves—i first made them out of necessity..my hands were cold in my basement workshop..these kept my hands warm and left my fingers free. friends saw them, and i made a few pairs for them–soon i was selling them-
there is something so peaceful and zen about knitting, i am happy to be back at it!
i will post pics of the pillows sweaters and hats in a later post.
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