For as long as I can remember I have loved to make things. As a kid I would say to my mom, “I feel like making something today.” And God love that woman, she always found something for me to do. I would glue things and put glitter on things. I would make homemade greeting cards and holiday decorations. I would draw and paint and be busy and I was happy.
As I got older and went to camp I learned new skills. I made God’s eyes and candles and soap. One summer in the mid 1970s I learned to macrame and I came home from camp utterly inspired. My mom took me to the store and we bought jute and beads and that Christmas everyone in the family got a macrame plant hanger.
When I was in my early 20s I learned counted cross stitch from a friend at work. I loved the designs and working with all the brightly colored floss. I made framed pictures and samplers and baby bibs and stitched obsessively for many years.
In my early 30s I learned to quilt. I again became obsessed and amassed a huge fabric stash and an impressive collection of quilting books and magazines. I made many quilts, starting with simple strip quilts and graduating to more complex blocks and scrap quilts. I quilted almost exclusively with my sewing machine, except for the binding, which I sewed by hand. I realized over time that sewing the binding was very enjoyable. I would sit on the couch and watch TV and have a beautiful quilt in my lap while I stitched that binding in place.
You can see where this is going, can’t you?
I realized, through the process of quilting, that I liked portable crafts. I liked crafts I could work on while watching TV or listening to music or sitting on the deck. And I realized that I wanted to learn to knit.
It’s been 12 years this month since Lois taught me to knit. In that time I have progressed from simple scarves to complex shawls and sweaters. I have amassed a collection of yarn that far surpasses my fabric collection and I haven’t looked back yet. I started a knitting blog for cryin’ out loud and I’ve made friends and traveled and learned to spin all because I like to make things.
My kids always call me crafty and I guess that I am. I don’t think I have any special gift for crafting, I’m just determined when it comes to learning something new and I like to be busy.
And knitting? Knitting keeps me very busy.