I cannot remember clearly about who or when I learnt to knit. I do have some vague memories of my grandmother teaching me something, but she died when I was 14. And I am sure there was some sort of teaching from my mother.
I vaguely remember starting to knit myself a jumper when I was a teenager, but cannot remember if I finished it. The first thing I remember clearly knitting was when I was around 20. It was for the first of the girls in my class at school who had a baby towards the end of our third year at University. I decided to knit something for her baby – a hooded jacket.
I cannot remember my next project clearly, but I know that I knitted some bits and pieces for my first baby. I have some photos of him wearing a red jumper that I knitted. And of course there were other pieces for our second child.
It was a few years later that I really started knitting. I cannot remember the full order of things, but my sister-in-law asked me to knit a jumper for her daughter, then another for her son. There were a few for our children, for my husband, for myself. They were getting more and more complex.
Then the children in the next generation of the family started to arrive – my sister’s daughter was the first to have a baby. I knitted a teddy bear, a jumper, some socks with bells for her baby.
I found other toys to knit. I was still knitting other items, but the toys became a passion for a while. Even today, whenever there is a new baby in the family, there is a teddy knitted in a variety of colours. I have given them to friends, and sold a few. And I have sold various toys over the years.
But the passion has moved on. I bought a kit for a small “lap rug” and knitted this up for my granddaughter. Her mother liked it so much that she asked for one for her birthday. Then I knitted one for my mother-in-law in a different pattern, and quite a bit bigger. Again, my sister-in-law got involved, requesting a similar one to her mother’s in a different colour combination. She liked it so much, she wanted cushion covers to mix and match. And of course, then she wanted a second one, a bit different, but still the same colour combination.
And I have moved on to lacy shawls and scarves. And, there is a group of knitters (although some crochet) who meet at the library on Wednesday afternoons. Many are working on squares to make into rugs for charity.
Having studied science/maths at University, and working in the IT industry for 40 years, it has been really fulfilling to know that I can be creative.