This entry is part of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.
My Knitting Heroes are the people who made knitting "click" for me.
- My mom tried to teach me to knit at least three different times. In 2006, she was going into surgery and I thought knitting might be a good way to keep our minds off of it. She had recently met with me to do Attempt #3, and I still wasn't sure I knew what I was doing. By the time she went under anesthesia, I understood enough to keep working on a washcloth until she was out of recovery. That first washcloth is so riddled with errors that Mom finally looked at me kindly and said, "Let's just bind off and start another." I still use that washcloth. It is fantastically ugly. There's a couple from Mom's church that still expresses amazement when Mom shows them something I knitted. They were in that waiting room with me, and they saw... well, let's just say they're surprised I'm still knitting.
- I live about an hour from my mom, so I can't run to her whenever I have a problem. During the early months of learning, I relied a lot on Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n' Bitch. I understood her writing style. I am hoping to use her Happy Hooker book to learn crochet. Stitch 'n' Bitch is still the book I recommend when people want to learn how to knit.
- My third knitting hero is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I learned to knit socks from her book Knitting Rules!; the made them make sense so I can do them without a pattern. I believe it's because of her writing that I don't feel weird about loving to knit so much. She makes me feel less alone.