Notes from Gnome River

Why the Head Gardener Learned to Knit

I always like to hear a good "why I learned to knit" story. So here's mine!

When I was a saucy teenager, about 16 years old, I was playing at a volleyball tournament in Marshall, MI.  As always, my amazing parents were there, cheering me and my team on.  And as always, we lost.  Very quickly.  Mom and I decided to venture down town, since it was still early and Marshall has a cute downtown area!  Now, let's back up the story a little...

Mom and I had a booth at our local holiday craft show, where we happened to be situated by a wonderful knitter, selling her felted purse creations.  I fell in love with the bags, and was fascinated by the knitting process.  Little did I know, that knitter would have a huge impact on my life!  I thought and thought about those bags, and I bugged and I bugged Mom about teaching me to knit.  Okay, fast forward back to that disappointing volleyball tournament in Marshall...

Downtown Marshall was a beautiful little knit shop, the first one I ever stepped foot in.  It was called In Sheep's Clothing, and I remember being in awe of ALL the different kinds of yarn, and the rainbow of colors.  I was instantly drawn to a cupboard of brightly colored, striping wool yarn.  The owner had kits all made up for felted purses, ready to go!  And so started my love affair with wool, color, knitting, and Noro!  My mom, bless her, bought me a kit made up of Noro Kureyon and Plymouth Galway with the stipulation that I had a month to knit the purse.  If I didn't stick with it, then I had to pay her back. Yikes! That was a lot of money to a teenager with her first job. Needless to say, I was motivated (dang, that mom of mine is a genius!).  So, after a few lessons from her, and a few consultations with Nanny (my grandmother), I had a felted purse completed a week later and I was hooked.  

What was your first project?  Share with me the reason why YOU started knitting in the comments!

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