My relationship with knitting began in the same way many learning-to-knit stories do . I was 12, and found it intriguing, but lacked the patience to progress beyond following a basic scarf pattern. I mastered the garter stitch, but my fingers and heart didn't take to it with passion. I cycled through returning to knitting basic scarfs while in High School, but my interest in it wasn't piqued again, until the Fall before my last semester of college in 2012. I remember seeing a Pinterest tutorial for knitting a basic scarf in the round, and was intrigued. I studied the pattern, and took many trips to Jo-Ann's to decide what kind of yarn worked with the needles I needed.
It was at this time that things started to click. I had the determination, and after I knit several Infinity scarfs, I graduated to beanies, and made a couple "Thank You" Hats by The Purl Bee. My Senior Design project was inspired by my new-found interest, so I designed a Store-In-Store for the brand Wool & The Gang (link to project). Knitting is gaining pace quickly among Millennials like myself, but 2 years ago, the "trendy" patterns and yarn companies were just starting to sprout, and it was somewhat difficult to find an established brand who I felt I identified with. WATG was in its early phase , and I loved their designs and kits.
I've persevered with knitting. It's fulfilled my need to keep my hands busy, while constantly creating challenges and new techniques to master. Patience, determination, craftsmanship & pursuit of passion are qualities I've been taught through this craft. Over the last 2 years I've moved slowly, knitting during my off-time from my day-job, designing retail displays. Beanies, scarves, socks, boot socks, and most recently mittens, have all been bound off on my needles. AcornTeeth Mitts, by the Knitwear Designer & Illustrator Dianna Walla, were my first attempt at 3-color Fairisle, as well as my first pair of gloves.
They took me a month through the process of knitting, ripping back rows (repeat, repeat), and learning to perform knitting surgery and grafting (the result of knitting one cuff too short), but I completed them. The process is the addiction I can't shake. Planning is in my nature, and this art feeds my insatiable thirst. It doesn't help when there are beautiful fibers, colors & notions that accompany it, as well as the most supportive community of Crafters that can be found online.
You can follow my Fiber Journey on Ravelry at BlueHorseWoolens, and on my Instagram @bluehorsewoolens.
Thanks to my talented, Mark for the beautiful photos.