April 13, 2011

Knit One, Purl Two

I know this is my crochet blog, but I needed a word for K-day in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and after skimming all K entries in the dictionary and not finding much, knitting it is.

(Photo by NOnnahs)
I learned to both knit and crochet as a young girl, but never did much with either of them.  I gave up crochet almost immediately because I couldn't do the intricate things my sister and aunt worked on, the real lacy-looking pieces.  I guess I thought that's mostly what crocheting was, so put up my hook and walked away.

Knitting seemed much easier to me at the time, and I had no problem with the basic knit one/purl two to make a scarf, and I think I even made a pair of cable mittens once.  I didn't venture beyond that, in fact, didn't pick up needles and yarn again until after I was in the Marine Corps for several years, probably around 1980 or so.

A civilian co-worker always brought some sort of needlework to the office to work on during lunchtime, and she got me hooked again.  I found a pattern book for an afghan with wide stripes of four different colors, each color stripe being made with a different pattern stitch.  Because it was worked in one piece, it had to be done with a circular knitting needle, which was a first for me.  Even though it's been more than 30 years, I still remember that afghan (I guess because it took me over a year to finish it).  It was white shades of blue and it was huge!

I never knit anything after that, but I carted that big old thing from duty station to duty station for many years, until it was ragged and raveled beyond usability.  Thinking of it today makes me smile, though.

I think I have a pair of knitting needles in my stash.  I wonder ...

I'm taking the A-Z Blogging Challenge, where I will post something from each letter of the alphabet on the corresponding day in April, except for Sunday, on (hopefully) all four of my blogs. You can see my other blogs in the sidebar - More of Marie Anne.


ladydragonfly said...

Knit one purl two is about the extent of my knitting as well. I just can't seem to get the hang of it. Oh well..I guess I will stick with crocheting.

Mindy said...

Great minds... =D
Knitting, Kudos, Crocheters

~Claire~ said...

I was just thinking this morning that I need my mom to show me how to knit- I learned to crochet from her as a kid, but at the time wielding 2 pointy sticks was definitely beyond my skill level!!!