Thursday, September 11, 2008

Firsts...

Awhile ago Bells posted about how it all began for her and her first knit...then Anna did the same and showed some wonderful treasures from her memory box.

And here is mine....

Rabbit Bootees!
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Not technically my 'first' knit - when I was around 11 or 12 I made a cardigan and a jumper for myself on fluffy wool and big thick needles. I don't have those anymore and I didn't knit much else after those big knits either. I suspect knitting wasn't "cool" when I was in high school.

Fast forward a few years and on a visit to my Mums when M6 was just 2, I decided to have another go at this knitting thing, a raid of Mums impressive stash and a look through her patterns and voila ....a pair of rabbit bootees. Cute looking but despite the fact I've had 2 babies since making these they have never been worn. Cute doesn't mean functional and they don't actually stay on babies feet!

From there it was on to scarves made in "Feathers" yarn, a couple of baby jumpers I gave away (I'm so sorry for the people who were inflicted with my mis-shapen sleeves and hideous seaming), baby bootees (proper ones this time) and a couple of things for M (including a poncho in size 2 that still fits her now at 6yo lol)

Then I discovered TNN and began making woollen nappy covers for new baby N. I have to thank lovely Helen for being so supportive of my early attempts at knitting longies and soakers. Her encouragement has even lead me to selling nappy covers every now and then.

From there, a little hobby I dabbled in every now and then progressed to a full on addiction. I never thought I would *ever* knit on circulars and DPNs, try knitting socks, knit something "proper" for myself, have a blog reader just so I can keep up with all my favourite knitting blogs, join an online knitting community and have a stash that almost (not quite yet) rivals that of my mother ...but here we are....

Now I even have my own knitting blog! Thank you to everyone who visits here and leaves little words of encouragement, I really do appreciate it.

So...care to show your 'first' knit?....leave a comment if you do and I'll be sure to come and visit :D

11 comments:

Rose Red said...

hee hee, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit the first thing I knit when I started to knit again (after stopping when I was in high school) was a feathers scarf!!

The bunnies are so cute!

Bells said...

oh it's so much fun to look back at our individual journeys, isn't it? Hits and misses, all that learning.

Love those bunnies though. They're keepers (obviously).

PrincessPea said...

Oh, I made bunny booties for my first son! I just went all gooey and nostalgic seeing yours!

It's amazing, isn't it, how paths in our lives can develop from little barely-stepped tracks to full-blown superhighways! I'm glad to be able to share yours through this lovely blog1

lucky knitter said...

Those bunny booties are adorable!

Sonia said...

This was a wonderful post to read, and I think I will have to put together my own trip down memory lane sometime.
ps-you have been tagged for a meme!

Aunt Kathy said...

The first thing I knitted were baby booties when I was 10. I stepped away from knitting for many years too, but picked it back up again about 4 years ago, probably with a dishcloth but not sure.

I'd never seen the bunny booties,, how cute are those?

Little Grubs said...

My first knit was exactly the same as yours - black fluffy wool and large needles and a jumper that cam down to my knees. Believe me I thought it was the height of cool and wore it everywhere - for a short period ;)! Isn't it funny that I had forgotten I'd done that until I read your post - hey now I can call myself a fully fledged knitter! x

Amy said...

The booties are very cute, but thanks for the warning about not staying on. My first knits were barbie clothes. My barbie may not have had all her hair, but she was well dressed.

Heart Felt said...

They are too cute! What a treasure. xx

erika~ the inspired mama said...

awww, what a sweet pair of little booties :) i will have to dig up pics of my first knit, a dishcloth!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

They are so precious! It's too bad they don't stay on. Maybe with a really really aggresive block - they might fit a small child and stay on better? Hate to see such cuteness not enjoyed. Otherwise I might put them on a bookself and just smile when I walked past.