People ask me where I learned to sew, knit, crochet, etc. Some of that is easy to answer…my mom! My mom taught me to sew and the basics of crocheting. For most of my childhood, my mom was a seamstress. She worked on bridal gowns, evening wear, men’s, and I even remember her making craft items to sell on the side. I have to admit, I wasn’t a quick learner and I screwed up a lot. I still have a bit to learn! Now, just like everyone else, I also had a home economics class where I spent 6 weeks working on a 1970s reversible vest pattern. Needless to say it was never worn! I didn’t learn anything new from that class because I had already learned what I needed from my mom. I learned basic crochet stitches around the same time: chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet. Enough to start a goofy looking scarf but not finish. When I was twelve, I didn’t have the attention span to complete most of my handicrafts.
I learned to knit much later in life. I received a garbage bag full of knitting supplies from a great-aunt. Had no idea how to use them but was excited anyway! There was yarn in the bag from the 60s and 70s, all kinds of aluminum knitting needles, cable stitch holders, round markers. Even some books! Ancient books, but books to teach someone how to knit. Using the old books and supplies and supplementing with internet videos I learned the basics of knitting! I have to admit, if I didn’t have the internet videos it would have taken me much longer to learn knitting.
How about you? Who was your inspiration? What drives you to create through sewing/crocheting/ knitting etc?
Here are some sites that helped me:
These are just a few of the sites available to assist with knitting. Try searching for additional videos on your favorite search engine.