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When I Learned to Knit & Other Fun Tidbits

Good Morning, How are you today?

Did you enjoy your holiday last week? Did you do anything fun? I actually got some knitting done, regained a little of my sanity. Yes, I used to have a little once upon a time.

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I thought this week I would answer a couple of questions that I get asked almost every time someone new comes in the shop.

When did you learn to knit? Who taught you?

Well I sort of remember, it was a little while ago, that’s for sure.   I was probably 7 or 8. I have finished the ‘Infants school’ That’s what they used to call Kindergarten in England back then. I was in my first year at ‘Junior School’ remember I am English and it was a long time ago. In one of our classes, not sure what the class subject was, we were all taught to knit. We were given a pair of size 10, English, size 3 US or 3.25mm. OK are you with me so far. The yarn was red, I remember that. We had to cast on 10 sts, is that all I hear you ask? Remember skinny yarn, even skinnier needles and a 7-year-old. I think it was a sock weight. I had to knit – K1P1 for 12”. Have you ever taught a 7-year-old to knit?

Sonoma County Yarn ShopI don’t think I was one of the smiling children.

It took forever and ever and ever. I made it though, and I had, a drum roll please! A scarf for my doll. Needless to say I didn’t knit any more until I was about 13.

Thankfully the 12 long inches of rib didn’t put me off forever. Back then, B4TV, our entertainment was visiting with our families.

We would either go to one of my Aunts houses, or they would come to us and the women would all bring out their knitting. I would watch intently as they made beautiful garments, sometimes one of them would be for me, if I was good, which of course I always was. Little snicker here.

Sonoma County Yarn ShopSo when I was finished playing with dolls, old enough to sit still, enjoy the latest songs etc. but not old enough to go out at night. I found myself picking up a pair of my Mum’s needles and starting to knit again. First came a baby cardigan.

It only took about 2 ounces if that, and I still have the pattern. Then over the years, when I was lonely, bored, or just didn’t know what to do with myself I would knit.


Sonoma County Crochet ClassesOne of my aunties taught me how to crochet while I was staying with her when I was about 12. I remember the first thing I mad was a yellow doily. I returned home and taught my Mum.

Over the years I would knit or crochet on and off. When I got pregnant with Laura I made her a bunch of outfits, but by that time I had gone on to sewing more. I think I stopped knitting then and didn’t pick it up again until my first grandchild was on the way. Unfortunately they lived in Arizona, the hot part and so really had no need for them.


I think I put my needles away again for several years until Laura started a job in Michael’s. She came home one night with a new yarn that had just arrived, it was like nothing I had ever seen before, it was eyelash. That was the beginning of my real knitting life.

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Perhaps one day I will write a book but until then ~

So what is new at the shop?

All is back to normal, there has been some rearranging, nothing drastic. You will still be able to find what you are looking for. Yes we have more yarn. We just received some new 100% natural, wool, no dyeing involved, just the color the sheep were born with. There are quite a few colors though. Great for those gifts, or for a project that needs really great stitch definition. Come in and check it out soon.

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We have been going through our two large file cabinets of patterns and having a clear out. We have baskets of some we will no longer be carrying for 25Cents each. Come and get yours soon.

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Well as much fun as it has been strolling down memory lane, I really want to get back to my knitting. So I am going to do just that, let you get back to yours and I will be with you again next week.

Please take good care of yourself ~ happy yarning