I think this is a challenge I’ve seen on both Tumblr and WordPress, but I’m not sure who the original author is so I can’t give credit where it’s due – so apologies for that! But having seen this kicking around I thought I would give it a try. I’ll post all 30 questions at the end of this blog for anyone that’s also interested in taking part.
So, what was my first project?
Let’s not include the weird, misshapen object from when I was taught to knit as a kid, filled with holes, and naturally went narrow to wide to narrow again… I’m sure we’ve all been there. I used to knit at Nan’s house.
I didn’t start to knit until about 4 years ago. It’s one of those things that I think has been longer, but Facebook tells me otherwise through it’s “on this day” feature. It came about as Alex bought me a Ravenclaw scarf for Christmas – and it was a very Harry Potter Christmas indeed – and it was awesome. Alex is a Hufflepuff, so once Christmas was out of the way I wanted to return the favour and get him his house scarf. Except there weren’t any.
And a thought developed. A rather life changing thought. I would make one.
So on a random day I went into Hobbycraft and bought something like four balls of yellow and two balls of black yarn, and some needles – having no idea about yarn size and needle size – and went home to start. Of course, mum had to start me off. I remember her casting on 50 stitches for me, and knitting the first couple of rows. Then it was all down to me.
I ended up with a huge scarf as I was determined to use it all. Not quite Doctor Who long, but it was certainly long enough! It was made entirely in garter stitch, and I managed to put some tassels on the ends as well [using a latch hook from rug making]. I got some crests from Amazon and it was done. But it also sparked the bigger need to keep knitting in me – and I’ve pretty much not stopped since.
Apparently I don’t have any photo’s to share directly with you. That’s okay though, when I think about it… I sort of cringe at how I made it then compared to the skill set that I have now. [Although, I do feel much of the time all my knitting looks like a beginner made it…].
Sadly, that scarf no longer exists – at least, not here. Alex used to keep a lot of things in his car, which sort of makes sense… until the car gets stolen. So I made him another one, and a much better constructed one at that.
Learning to knit has definitely kept me sane through the years, and I hope to be doing it for many more years to come!
The questions for the challenge are as follows:
Day 1: What was your first finished project?
Day 2: What is currently on your needles?
Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?
Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?
Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?
Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?
Day 7: Your least favorite?
Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?
Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?
Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?
Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!
Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!
Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?
Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?
Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?
Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?
Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?
Day 18: Do you knit English or Continental?
Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while knitting? What are your favorite things to knit to?
Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?
Day 21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?
Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?
Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?
Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?
Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!
Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?
Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?
Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?
Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?
Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?