Saturday, September 29, 2012

Slipped Stitch Studios Giveaway (& Special Discount Code!!)

I have been a huge fan of the project bags from Slipped Stitch Studios for quite some time and am so happy to share this exciting give-away with you! 



SSS was founded in 2009 by the talented Laura Lundy who combined her love of fiber arts with the need to provide for her newborn child.  The business world's loss soon became the fiber artist's gain because Laura put her sewing skills to good use and started creating some of my favorite project bags along with other goodies such as her miPattern wallets (perfect for keeping your patterns close by), travel scissors, and quirky pins and magnets.   What I love about her items is that each one is handcrafted with fun, whimsical fabric and not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it's sturdy and practical too!  

Laura's products such as the miSwift Cover and miPattern Magnets have even been reviewed in the magazines Knit Simple, Crochet Today, Knit Scene and online at Knitty.Com! Recently, Laura has begun to make the transition from her Etsy shop to her new website which is much easier to navigate & quite snazzy if I do say so myself.

So, leave those ziplock bags behind and try one of these fun bags! Laura has not only been very generous to donate one of her needle nooks but for all readers of Knit, Purl, Damn! she has created a special discount code to save 15% off your entire purchase from SSS.  At checkout simply enter knitpurlwait15 (Expiration Date: October 20, 2012)

My yarn swift is now debonair
I use my Project+ bag (in the fun squirrel map fabric which is sadly discontinued) for almost all of my average/medium sized projects.  It's perfect for a one to two skein project with plenty of room to hold extra notions in the two large interior pockets.  And the sturdy handle, is great for draping over your arm while you knit!  I also have a cute Sock+ bag which I won from a give-away on the Slipped Stitch Studio facebook page back in December.  While only 8" tall, it still holds a lot! I use this bag for almost ALL my small projects and bigger ones while they are still in the early days.  This bag is in a fun winter/Christmas themed pattern...but that's OK for the rest of the year, because all of Laura's bags are fully reversible! I also purchased the miSwift Cover to protect my new yarn swift - spacious enough for not only my swift but the ball winder as well (note: winder was dissembled). 
Laura sent me a very fun Needle Nook to review and give away to one very lucky reader.  I have been intrigued by these nooks for quite some time, so I was very excited to see one in person.  If most of your projects, like mine, tend to be knitted in the round then this is the product for you! From socks on the go to even shawls, simply put your needles inside the case and snap shut - the pouch keeps your work from falling off your needles while being lugged about from your day to day travels be it while commuting to work, going to the movies, or out to dinner.  Nothing is worse then going to grab your project out of the bag only to find out your rubber needle point protectors have popped off and you now have quite a few dropped stitches.  Well, the Needle Nook keeps that from happening and is fashionable too! And I absolutely love the little zippered pouch to hold notions like extra stitch markers and cable needles without having to bring your entire notion bag.  I am absolutely in love with this product and know you will be too! They retail for $14.99 but for one lucky reader it will be completely free!


One of these will be given away....hint: it's probably not the dog


Giveaway Rules:


  • Open to all domestic readers and no purchase is necessary (sorry international readers!)
  • One entry per person
  • Leave a comment telling me about what made you decided to learn how to knit or crochet by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday October 7th. (Please also leave either an e-mail address or ravelry handle for me to contact you by!)
  • Winner will be chosen and announced here on October 8, 2012 using a Random Number Generator
Good luck, friends! And remember, everyone is a winner with the special discount code KnitPurlWait15 to save 15% off your entire order from Slipped Stitch Studios

64 comments:

  1. I kind of got told to learn how to knit because BF wanted some him-time and signed me up for a class. I've been obsessed ever since! I "met" Laura at her Etsy shop and was so pleased with her products and amazing service! Then I got hooked on sewing! :) -pikkle on Rav

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  2. I was taught to knit by two aunts when I was 8 or 10. I picked it up again when my girls were toddlers, but I didn't stick with it. The knitting began full force when I discovered Ravelry and in the past year I have been knitting for at least an hour nearly every day. Now that I have gotten over the sticker shock of nice yarn, I add to stash whenever I find a yarn that sings to me. Stash is a nice size, now all I need is uninterrupted knitting time!
    As for SSS, I friended her on FB awhile back and was drawn to check out her new website last week. I ordered two project bags, a pattern keeper and the magnets. Now I plan to get some as gifts for knitting friends.

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    1. I forgot to give you my Ravelry handle... 19vesperstreet.

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  3. Like many, I learned as a child from my mother who is an incredible knitter. Her passion was passed down to me but I'm having to develop the skills & talent on my own, from effort and, yes, mistakes! Thanks for this great review and for the chance to win a needle nook!

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  4. I decided to learn how to knit not quite 4 years ago after I spent some time at the beach reading a 1000+ page book. All that reading that fast broke my brain and I was looking for something todo with my hands. I couldn't find a cross-stitch project I wanted to do, so I decided to try knitting, something I had been thinking about for a few years. After a trip to Michael's and finding Knitting Help on the web, the rest is history.

    Holli

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  5. I initially learned to knit after finding my mother's UFOs in a bag in the basement after she died. Admittedly, she was a crocheter and I thought I'd be better at knitting. Initially, I wasn't good at either one so I stopped for 8 years and then picked it back up again when my old college roommate started knitting and decided she needed a partner in crime.

    renny1780 (on Rav)

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  6. I was taught to knit by a girlfriend at work. My job at the time required lots of waiting time..and knitting seemed like the perfect thing to learn! Little did I know that 9 years later it would be a full blown passion and obsession!!
    Jayellesea on Rav

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  7. I was taught myself when I was 6 and a half. I'm 12 now :) Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    OregonGrl on Rav

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  8. I learned to knit after I had my 2nd child. We used cloth diapers for her and I wanted to be able to make wool covers and pants for on top. I was hooked! I spent much of my time knitting baby/child items for her and her older sister and then for my 3rd child. Now though I am finally able to knit more things for myself and I seem to be addicted to making shawls and socks. :)
    I've also found that it really helps my anxiety (not to mention keeps me from late night snacking lol).

    ~Sabrina (TheYarnHo on ravelry)

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  9. Many years ago I took a knitting class at a technical college with my best friend. I never finished that first ever sweater but then when I moved to live in Ireland for a few years, I found that knitting and crocheting were both very relaxing and good for passing time. I was most intrigued with the lovely Celtic patterns and had to start knitting them.

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  10. Our trip to Alaska. Sounds silly but I entered this little tiny yarn shop in one of our stops by accident. Never any interest in knitting tried crochet didn't take. So this little shop was awesome, women were flitting around talking in this other language about knits and purls and did you feel this and look at these gorgeous hand turned needles. I wanted it all(the yarn fumes intoxicated me). Thankfully I didn't buy anything, I would have bought the whole shop. When I got home I went into my soon to be LYS and asked for help and never looked back.I still wish I had bought out that shop.

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  11. I was so jealous that my mother and sisters all had such skills in knitting and crochet. So I finally decided that I was going to join in even if my sister refused to teach me how. Now I'm really happy to say that I'm a much better knitter than that sister! HA! ;)

    NessaMcTastic on Rav

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  12. Four years ago, on Valentines Day, my son who was 9 at the time, came home from school with a package for me. I opened it up, it was a scarf out of fun fur. It is one of the best presents I have ever gotten! I asked him where did he get it. He told me that he made it. He told me that the Gifted teacher had been teaching all the children in the class to knit. It was at that time that I thought, “If my 9 year old son can knit, I am going to learn to knit also.” So, after picking up with kids in carloop after school, off to the gifted room I would go to get my knitting lesson from the gifted teacher. I thought I was going to just work a square moffit to learn how to knit. She took it away, gave me a circular and a set of DPNs and started me on a Chemo cap. It was all over from there, one project lead into another project and so forth….and now I seem to have 5 or 6 projects going on all the time. What a blessing such a package could contain. It was more than just a fun fur scarf, It opened a whole new world for me.

    Penny
    Sch4gators- RAV ID

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  13. Mom gave me old teach yourself to crochet magazines, and i haven't stopped since! Taught myself how to knit about 4 years ago, and i think i finally have the hang of it.

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  14. I wanted to knit a baby blanket from Debbie McComber's Blossom Street book.
    sparky136 0n Ravelry

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  15. About 49 years ago as a teenager I wanted something to do while riding in the car on our family summer vacation trip. I got one quick lesson at the LYS along with needles, a cardigan pattern and wool yarn. The sweater got finished in time for me to wear it to school that fall.

    I have worked with other crafts but always came back to knitting.

    RoamingKnitter on ravelry

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  16. My grandmother was a knitting and crochet wonder. We each received our own blanket growing up. She taught myself to knit and my sister to crochet. Knitting stuck with me. I hadn't picked up the needles in ten plus years until one day at Walmart, I passed by the yarns, wondering if I could still knit. My Grams had long since passed, but through the magic of YouTube, it was like riding a bike all over again. It has stuck ever since!

    Redpixisticks on Ravelry!

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  17. I wanted to learn to knit because I was inspired by all the pretty yarn that was in the store that I worked at. Thanks!
    gussek on Ravelry

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  18. After I retired in 2005 I wanted something to do with my spare time. In October 2007, I saw where one of the recreation center in my area has teaching a felted purse class. I talked my sister in going with me. I had knitted a little when I was about 10 years old so I bought a teach yourself to knit kit to see if I remember how and practice before the felted purse class. The basic knitting came back real quick but I had a problem with the purling for a short time. We been knitting every day since and belong to 2 knitting groups that meets every week.

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  19. I wanted to learn how to knit because I wanted one of those cool felted purses. It was all over after that. Haven't stopped since!

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  20. I was taught to knit as a way to occupy me as a small child while my parents attended a funeral. Several years later I learned to crochet while spending time and creating memories with my grandmother. Rav amchart

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  21. I taught myself to knit because I needed something portable that I could do while waiting in the school parking lot for my kids to get out & I'd always wanted to learn. The funniest thing is I had mistakenly made the assumption that learning to knit would actually "save money" hahahahahaha

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    1. hahaha! I know what you mean - I learned as my unemployment hobby...and what little money I had quickly went into my new addiction!

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  22. I taught myself to knit because I have always been into creative pursuits and loved the tactile aspect of the different fibers. I also liked the idea of being able to make my own clothing and accessories. I'm k8erpillar on Ravelry :)

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  23. I always like artsy crafty things and knitting was just something I had to try, therefore, I had my mom teach me. Little did I know of the yarn addiction that came along with this hobby. -_-

    Love the hobby, love the yarns, love the products produced.

    jarofmayo on ravelry

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  24. I learned to knit, as I wanted to knit my own sweater. Lynn

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  25. I learned how to knit when I decided that I needed to have a million hats and fingerless gloves and hated paying retail price for them :D I'm katili on Ravelry.

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  26. I learned to knit and handsew when I was quite young - maybe 6 years old. I wanted very much to learn, because I associated so strongly with the characters in Little Women. Sometimes I took my knitting basket out to the woods, because if it turned out I was NOT really Louisa May Alcott, I was probably a close friend of Davey Crockett.
    Hmmm. My childhood: flexible or confused? You decide! ;)

    Quinn on rav

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  27. I moved to a new city where I didn't have friends or family close. I picked up the book "Stitch 'n Bitch" and never looked back! Thanks for the opportunity to win the needle nook.

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  28. I taught myself to crochet when I was 11 to help me deal with my grandfather's illness. My grandmother on the other side taught me to knit when I was 12, but I'm not sure what the reason was. It doesn't really matter though, as I love it!

    (InJuneau on Rav too)

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  29. I watched my mother crochet - and sometimes knit, continuously as a child. She always had a project going to do while the rest of us watched tv at night. I wasn't very interested - until a few years ago. I mentioned several times I wanted to learn, so she bought me a couple of "Learn to" kits. She taught me to crochet about 9 years ago and knitting 2 years ago.

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  30. I learned as a child...but, didn't take to it until I had kids of my own. Now, I knit/crochet to keep myself sane during baseball/lacrosse/football games and practices.

    Yhime407 on Ravelry

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  31. I learned to crochet as a child but I have a lot of problems with the joints in my fingers so I switched to knitting. I was able to teach myself to knit very relaxed and it has lessened my pain dramatically!

    My email is alpaca/dorable at gmail.com, remove the slash and replace the at :)

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  32. I have one of these and they are the bomb when you are doing socks two at a time! I love the pocket! It's a great place to keep your row counter. I wish they were long enough to accomodate my 8" sock needles, but I still love them!

    Knitnut13 on Ravelry

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  33. gee I cant remember why I decided I needed to learn to knit. I think because my stepmom was knitting and I wanted to bond with her but when she taught me I was none too careful and ended up with a misshaped snood so then I took a class and now I am still knitting

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  34. Self taught knitter! When my middle son was a baby I used cloth diapers and learned that wool is an excellent diaper cover. I sat and watched videos over and over from knittinghelp.com and jumped right in. I started out with lots of hats for my family and then branched out to longies and sweaters. After my youngest was born I got the dyeing bug and started to knit and sell my own dyed yarns.
    I have met Laura at Madrona this past winter and chatted with her. I also won a sock bag on Rav from her and have her pattern holder and magnets. ♥ her stuff! --Fairyblue on Ravelry.

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  35. I wanted to learn how to knit, when shopping for scarves and thinking I can make this! Then a week later I saw a special on the Martha Stewart show about knitting, I flew to New York to take classes at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and I have been addicted to sticks and string ever since. MmmmmalebrigoMel

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  36. My Moms' group decided to make hats for charity last winter, and those who know how taught everyone to knit who anted to learn. A great new skill AND helping others- total win!!
    LisaVallee on Ravelry

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  37. I've always been crafty and taught myself how to do many different crafts. In middle school I taught myself to crochet, but never got into doing fancy patterns, just very basic ones. In high school I taught myself to knit, but didn't do very much with it. I made a couple baby bibs, dish cloths and some very pretty fingerless gloves, but DPNs took the fun out of everything so I stopped. Then I had my first baby, went to a yarn store while vacationing (even though I wasn't knitting or crocheting, who can resist a good yarn store??) and found the cutest little sweater pattern. I brought it hope, got out those darn DPNs and I haven't stopped! (Then Betsy showed me the magic loop, goodbye DPNs!)
    -Jen

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  38. I wanted to learn to knit initially, to keep myself from snacking at night. I figured if both hands were holding a knitting needle, there'd be one less hand digging in the M&M bag! Now I'm hooked! (pun intended)

    Tammi
    songsiren1@yahoo.com

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  39. I learned to crochet ten years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I always wanted to be the crafty mommy who made things for her baby. My first project ever was a granny square blanket that my son still sleeps with.

    I learned to knit when I joined Ravelry and saw Cookie A.'s Monkey socks. I decided I HAD TO HAVE THEM and learned to knit so I could make them, which I did, several times!

    Super-Nova on Ravelry

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  40. I was not terribly interested--and probably not very polite--when my mother tried to teach me when I was a girl. Fast forward a few years and add a husband, three daughters, and heating bills in Northern Minnesota--it was time to return to the craft and knit some lap robes. And a scarf or five. And I got really tired of rectangles. I try to challenge myself to learn something new with each project, and I send up an apology to my late mother with almost every knit and purl. :)
    Liesa
    lthill@charter.net

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  41. I've done crafts since I was young. I always wanted to learn to knit but didn't have anyone to teach me. So about 8 years ago, I bought a kit and taught myself. I haven't looked back since! :)
    JavaPurl on Ravelry

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  42. I taught myself to crochet over 20 years ago... I wanted to make my baby an afghan. Now, all these years later, I'm trying to learn to knit and still enjoying crocheting!! What a joy to create gifts to warm so many peoples lives. I wouldn't have it any other way!

    (dtf1983 - Raverly ID)

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  43. Back in Jan of 2004 I decided I was going to either knit or crochet. I printed the directions from learntoknit.com and learntocrochet.com I could only understand the knit directions! Went to a lys, picked up some pretty yarn and needles and it was on from there!
    Kenyetta from Ravelry

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  44. I am a fourth generation knitter, I learned to crochet at my first job out of college wear i was the only knitter in a lunchroom full of crocheters

    Fracksmom on raverly

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  45. I would like to say that I learned to knit at my grandmother's knee, but sadly she passed on before she could teach me her craft. I decided to become a knitter when I was heavily into quilting. I worked all day and when I came home and had time to create, I found myself locked away in my sewing room and spending no time with my husband. I took up knitting so that I could interact with him and still enjoy my craft. My sewing machine hardly gets used any more.

    Stacy (scarletpurls on Ravelry)

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  46. This is sad, but I'm not absolutely positive who taught me to crochet, my Mom or my Aunt. A lot of people helped me along the way and in the last year, learning to design patterns came a lot through trial and error. I wish I could knit but I'm not coordinated enough. I'm TBoutiqueCritters on Ravelry.
    Liz

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  47. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 9... one thing - doubled yarn Red Heart Slippers with the pom pom on the top. I was not a fan. I like crochet better, and for twenty some years never cast on again. When diagnosed with a chronic illness in 1997, with treatments and appointments that entailed a 6 hour round trip each month, and boredom with crochet - I figured I'd learn to cast on and see about whether I could knit again. My late husband was thrilled... for now, he could do all of the driving from behind the wheel. No longer was I the uninvited copilot. I had better things to concentrate on. Seriously, I think it saved our marriage.

    Indulgence on Ravelry

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  48. I learned to knit about a year and a half ago because my sister thought it would help me settle down and give me something to focus on. I thought - omg, I will never have the patience for THIS - but a few false starts later, I finished an afghan. My first project :-)
    I am JTKnittersan on Ravelry

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  49. I always had an interest in learning how to crochet and knit. I just didn't have anyone willing to teach me until I was 13. My aunt taught me to crochet. I did projects here and there but it wasn't until about 2 years ago when I hit full on obsession and found pretty yarns. I taught myself to knit about a year ago. I attempted many times before and finally it clicked! Now I can't decide which one I love more!

    Amber
    gibbles_n_bits@hotmail.com

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  50. I learned to knit and crochet from both my mom and Oma (Grandma) as a child in Germany. Once I mastered the basics, I became bored with it and put it away for years. As a teenager, I came across my mom's UFOs and found written patterns (which as a child I did not know existed, I thought Mom and Oma and all my aunts just made up their patterns, which was VERY intimidating) and thought, "I want to try this again." I quickly became addicted to crocheting, and using patterns made some baby items to give away, then graduated to all sorts of other patterns. About five years ago, I decided to try knitting again and discovered a whole new addiction! Since Oma was no longer around and Mom is a crocheter who does not enjoy knitting, I re-learned mostly from books and the internet. I love knitting for the creativity, the stress relief, the finished products, and the fact that there seems to be an endless amount of projects and techniques to try which keeps it interesting. Unfortunately as I said, my Oma isn't around to see my progress in the craft, but with every finished project, my mom tells me Oma would be proud!

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  51. Grandma and Mother taught me to crochet and knitt, I love IT!!!

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  52. Self taught. Learned to knit and crochet as a child by checking out library books.

    mysticmoon on rav

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  53. My Grandma try to teach me when i was young but didn't learn until I had my second child I learn to crochet by myself and now i loved it! :)
    norma1cruz@yahoo.com on Facebook or yahoo.com

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  54. My mother taught me to crochet when I was younger. About six years ago I decided that I wanted to learn to knit, so I taught myself. It's a great stress reliever :)

    KnitterKitter on Ravelry

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  55. My Grammie taught me how to crochet when I was about 8. Crocheted for about ten years before I got bored. Wanted to challenge myself so I taught myself how to knit, been knitting ever since :)

    OrangePixie on Ravelery

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  56. I started crocheting because my mother and grandmother would always be making something. I learned how to knit from a book because I wanted to be able to make more things.

    fayofthewoods on Ravelry

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  57. I was inspired by watching others knit while I worked at a craft store in high school. The first time I saw someone making a hat I had to learn how. The sheer magnitude of possibilities was what pushed me to learn more and more about the craft.

    JRhiannon on Ravelry

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  58. My Mom taught me along time ago. She still knits at age 85.

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  59. I've always wanted to learn how to knit and after my great-grandma died I inherited all of her needles (US #3-15) and my grandma gave yarn some tools and a how to book the next Christmas, and I've been knitting ever since.

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  60. shimmerine on RavelryOctober 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    I learned to knit because I love making things myself. Sure you can buy a nice cardigan or cool scarf from a store, but giving someone a handmade gift is just a great feeling.

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