It feels a little crazy to say this, but I have been knitting for 9 years. It all started when my roommate’s friend came over to our house and she brought her knitting. By the end of the night, we were talking about knitting and I was asking all kinds of questions. For about two weeks, I was thinking and dreaming about knitting all the time. I told my roommate that I wanted to learn to knit and she confessed that she had been thinking about knitting all the time too. We went down the street to our local craft store and bought yarn, knitting needles and a little booklet on how to knit. We went home and tried to teach ourselves how to knit, but after a few hours, I gave up. I called up my aunt and told her how I want to knit and how I was trying to teach myself, she told me to come out to her house and she will show me how to cast on.
A few nights later, I was at my aunt’s house and she showed me how to do a long tail cast on. My first knitting project was knitting an orange scarf. I tried knitting for a week and then decided that I was not a knitter and I would never get it. My "scarf" was nothing but a bunch of holes (I now know were due from yarn over’s and dropping stitches.) Therefore, that was the end of my knitting days and I forgot all about it for about a year.
Then one day I decided that I wanted to try knitting again, but this time I was going to teach myself how to knit. I went to the local yarn store and bought myself some yarn, knitting needles and the Stitch n' Bitch book. I went home sat down on the couch read the whole book even the knitting patterns. I taught myself how to hold the yarn, hold the knitting needles and how to cast-on. I learned that I knit English style, where you hold the yarn in your right hand. I learned the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch. I also learned that I had a hard time with purl stitches and I hated doing them because I was so slow knitting them.
Round 1: work 11 sts twisted rib, p2, k4, p2, k1tbl, p2, k6, p2, k6, p2, k1tbl, p2, k4, p2, 12 sts twisted rib.
Round 2: 11 sts twisted rib, p2, k4, p2, sl1, p2, k6, p2,
k6, p2, sl1, p2, k4, p2, 12 sts twisted rib. Round 3: work 11 sts twisted rib, p2, C4B, p2, k1tbl, p2, C6B, p2, C6F, p2, k1tbl, p2, C4F, p2, 12 sts twisted rib. What the what?!?
It took me a little while to be able to read a pattern because it was like a different language to me. I printed out a basic knitting abbreviations and carried it around with me.
I made a few scarf’s at first, but I was bored and wanted to knit something a little more than just a scarf. I only knew the knit and purl stitch and I was not sure what I would be able to do. I was dating a guy at the time and I wanted to make him something special, but he would not wear scarf’s. I was lost on what to make him. Back to the local yarn store, Artfibers, where I learned how to expand my knitting skills I bought some cashmere yarn and a cable hat pattern. I sat in the yarn store for hours learning how to knit cables (btw, they are easy) and work on my boyfriends hat. I wish that I had photos of my first knitting projects, but I was not into taking photos at the time.
I went back to Artfirbers after I finished the hat and was looking for something else to knit. One of the girls working asked me what skill level I was and I said beginner, but she looked at my hat was like umm… you are not a beginner knitter, you are an advanced knitter. I was so happy that I jumped from a beginner knitter to an advanced knitter and I was ready to take on bigger and better projects. My next project was a pair of socks, but I only made one because I got what they call the “the second sock syndrome” where you only knit one sock and never finish the second one.
A couple years later, I found myself teaching a few people how to knit, one of them being Erin from Polka Dot Robot. Once Erin got the hang of knitting and stopped ripping her projects out we would get together with a few friends and knit. Knitting became something that I loved and was able to expand my skills little by little with each project. You could find me knitting on the bus, standing waiting for the bus, at the park, at parties, and anywhere else that I could bust out my project.
When you are good at something like knitting people start asking you to make them things and at first, I would, but now I do not make anything for anyone. The best way to get a hat or anything for that matter is if I knit it for myself and I do not like it. If you ask me for something I will most likely say sure, but you will never see because I do not like the pressure to make things for people. I stop being excited about it.
THEN ONE DAY I started Polk Dot Robot with three of my best friends (my family) we consist of two knitters, one crocheter and one sewer. We opened shop on September 15, 2009 and we took the internet by storm! It has been two years now since we opened our online shop and I love it, but at the same time, those feeling of having to knit something because I have to are coming back. Once I get those feelings I no longer enjoy knitting and I hate that because knitting has been my thing for the past 9 years.