Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Wow, great comments for tonight's giveaway! I feel like I learned a lot about you and about the many ways we live out the creative process. We may talk more about this later -- it's really interesting. In case you're curious, I would tell you I'm a product person. I see a project and I want one of those in the finished phase. But my UFO pile would tell you that once I've worked the process for a while, I get bored and start another process. I asked my doctor once if she thought I had ADHD and she shook her head and said, "No, you're just creative." Hmmmmm - I like the sound of that. Thanks, Doc!

OK, I engaged the Random Number Generators and came up with Snake Eyes. That means that Ms. Chris is our winner tonight! (The crowd goes wild.) Your yarn and pattern will be winging their way to you tomorrow, Chris. Thanks everyone for contributing to the discussion!

Tonight, I have a smaller, but very appealing prize. I bought knitting buttons at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and I've put together a collection of three. You can put these on your lapel, your knitting bag, or tuck them away as gifts for your knitting sibs. Any way you look at it, these little trinkets are super fun, and were hand-carried to Texas from Wool Mecca.

To be entered to win, leave a comment here by 10 PM tomorrow (Wednesday) night and tell us how you learned to knit or spin. Who taught you? Why did you want to learn? How long was it before you felt proficient? There, that should get you started...

Good luck!


  1. Oooo! I'd love to share! I learned to spin when I claimed Nesse's (http://vanessayvonne.blogspot.com/) old drop spindle in the "Shop the Swap" swap on Craftster. She outgrew it and handed it down to me. So my little spindle has history. As soon as I got it I spun up all the roving she sent me with it and a bunch of bags of Hobby Lobby cheapo wool. It was FUN. :)

  2. I read a fairy tale by George MacDonald in which the great, great, great, great, great, grandmother of the princess had a spinning wheel and spun a silk strand that would guide the children away from harm. The desire was born for a spinning wheel. Then my friend, Barbara, came across a wheel in Canton, and I was forced to wait an entire month until the next "First Monday Trade Days." While waiting for FOREVER to pass, I signed up for the Wildflower Festival in Tyler. No wheel, no experience, no problem. I drove to Canton, bought the wheel from Judy P., who said "I AM Wildflower" and thankfully, she showed me how to spin. Next thing ya know, I'm at the Wed. spinning group of Texas Twisters, and honestly, from there, it's all a blur. The girls have taught me all I know. Looking back, there was a very brief fling with a drop spindle that let me know I loved the spinning idea. 4 years later, I'm determined to continue spinning "beginner yarn" and I am SO IN LOVE with the spinning world. Thanks, Y'all!

  3. I won't claim the prize if I'm picked because I've already won something; however, my grandmother taught me to knit, then my mom reinforced it, then . . . when I was 17 I dated a guy whose mom was an avid knitter. She sealed it for me by teaching me to actually make a garment, cables, ribbing . . . all those "advanced" skills I didn't know how to do. She also taught me how to knit continental. So, while Alan is a goner, the skills his mom taught me live on!

  4. Well, a former friend taught me how to knit. We sadly aren't friends anymore- she met a guy a few years ago and she just hasn't been the same since.... I learned to knit in October of last year, but I wasn't very good at it. Then I got some new needles and yarn for a gift from my sister and I started a new project, (which I finished two days ago! :) ) It wasn't until a couple months ago I started refining my technique. I have since learned to cast on the correct way (meaning without help) and my purling skills are coming along slowly but surely.
    When my former friend went to teach me I wasn't sure if I'd be good at knitting because I'm not very coordinated, but I'd always wanted to learn because I love seeing something so pretty being made out of a ball of yarn....But none of my family knit or anything, so she showed me one afternoon and it stuck with me. I thought it would take me ages to start to be good at it, but after just an hour or so it started to become muscle memory, and now I don't know what I would do without knitting! I can't believe I went my entire life of 20 years without knowing! This is something I think I will enjoy for a very, very long time.

  5. Ha! I had no intensions of learning how to knit!! I use to have a friend (her loss) who crocheted blankets and wanted to learn how to knit. She has had a real hard life and is in a very abusive relationship. So, I told her that I would take her and we would take a knitting class together. (No intentions of learning how to knit) I found lessons at a local yarn store (which will remain nameless - not a very nice lady or experience!) Anyway, she screamed at my friend ...who never went back. But, I was sooooo hooked! By the time for the next class I had already finished my first washrag and going on the third! I don't think that the lady really knew what to do with a rocket out of control!!! I endured the rest of her classes and never looked back (to her store). This was 3 years ago.

  6. I first tried to knit in the 5th grade. We had a couple of days of crafty classes as a break during the spring semester. (I never went to a school that had spring break) I picked some classes that sounded interesting and out of four, only two have stuck in my memory, Knitting and Crochet. I took knitting first and it was the most frustrating 4 hours of my young life. At the end of class I vowed I would never do that again. Crocheting came much more easilly to me and I was addicted to it immediately. Years go by and I join the SCA as an adult. Initially I hung around and watched what other people were doing and eventually started doing embroidery to keep my hands busy. We started going to fighter practice at a friend's house every week and another woman was there teaching two children to knit. One night she didn't make it and one of the girls asked me to help her. I had to dissapoint her and tell her I didn't know how. The next week I sat down with and 8 and a 10 year old and leared how to knit. I took to it like a fish to water. Typical me, I leared so I could teach others.
    A few months later I met someone who helped me refine my knitting technique and also shoved a drop spindle in my hand. She didn't give me a choice, but I didn't exactly fight her off either. I haven't looked back.

  7. My mom taught me the mechanics of knitting when I was a kid -- maybe 8 or 10? She had a bag with knitting needles and some ANCIENT red icky wool in the hall closet. She just taught me garter stitch but she didn't really like to knit and I lost interest. In 2003, a friend taught herself how to crochet. She made a scarf that I loved, so I bought a book/pamphlet thingee and taught myself the double and triple crochet stitches. But, every time I picked up my project, I had to keep looking back at that stupid book because I couldn't remember how to do the stitches. She and I also got annoyed that at the time, it seemed more difficult to find interesting crochet patterns -- everything was knitting. Even though for some reason, knitting seemed more intimidating, I decided to switch. I bought another book/pamphlet and some needles and taught myself. Then, I started going to the LYS in Ann Arbor on their knitting/question night. You paid $5 if you had lots of questions or needed a lot of handholding or if you were ok, you could just sit and knit. I took a few other classes there before I moved back to Texas and am so glad that I switched to knitting. I think I would have gotten frustrated with crochet altogether and wouldn't have become a woolie fanatic.


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