Friday, April 9, 2010

At The Beginning

It's a little blury, but I know I started at about 10 years old. My aunt is a knitter so she taught me how to knit. I really enjoyed it. Then I learned how to crochet from a local library. I picked that up. We had home economics in school and I remember the first item that I made in sewing class - an apron. I was so happy to be able to say I made that apron. And that started my love for the crafts.

When I think of my exposure when I started I didn't have a good selection of yarn or patterns. Of course there were fabric shops so I was able to get fabric I liked. I would stay up until 2:00 am and sew. I loved sewing first, then came crocheting and then knitting. Money was tight, so I used my crafts to make some spending money.

There is a saying: "Jack of all trades, master of none." For me, that meant I love learning something new and doing something new, but then I would go on to the next new thing to learn. I got involved with other enjoyments. I veered away from my crafts for a while. I gave away my whole set of steel crochet hooks. I loved that set in its green rolled up pouch. I didn't have a lot of supplies or stash to talk about at that time. Well, I guess that is what they call time for shopping. I did keep two pieces that I made over 20 years ago. One is from my knitting and one is from sewing. (see my pictures below) I kept one ripple afghan.

One never knows where life will lead you. So I'm back and with vengeance. I mean I am learning, growing, creating and having more fun than ever. The order of my crafts have changed. It is now knitting, crochet and I've added beading, then sewing. Things are so different since I first learned. The variety of yarn, supplies, patterns, stitches, and techniques are endless. It's like learning all over from scratch. It's like going into a candy store and not knowing which candy to buy. I want to learn and do everything and try everything in the world of knit and crochet. It is such an exciting time and so needed.

The crafts I talk about have become my passion. I wake up, go to bed, eat, and sleep with crafts on my mind. I'm on a new adventure and loving it all.

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