I suppose my new moniker says it all. YoElizBo. I am here and I am ready to knit. And I will do so loudly with anyone who shares my love of sticks and yarn. You'll have to excuse my brash enthusiasm, but I live in a house full of boys--the DH included--so when I have a chance to get down and talk knitting, I bubble over.
I wasn't always surrounded by men, because I grew up in a family of crafty women. I learned to knit at my great-grandmother's knee. She lived with my grandparents, and when we went up to Camano Island where they lived, it was a toss up whether to spend time running wild on the beach, or sitting beside Num, as we all called her, and let her teach me the intricacies of knitting and crocheting. I still have a pair of slippers that she knit for me when I was young. I was probably about seven years old when I learned to knit, and have knit on and off all my life. There isn't a time when I don't cast on that I don't think of Num's beautiful, care-worn hands as she guided mine through my first uneven stitches.
My grandmothers both knit, and continued my lessons. My maternal grandmother was an expert knitter--and in the 60s, she knit her own dresses and suits to wear to her job as a court clerk. Yes, suits. I have examples of both and used to wear them to work myself when I worked at a law firm. I also still wear the wonderful sweater she made for me in the later part of her life. A well-worn and beloved treasure, indeed! And tumbling down the family tree, my mom and my aunts are all talented needlewomen, quilting and hooking rugs, sewing and crafting all sorts of things.
I remain the dedicated knitter of the bunch, having ditched all my other crafting inclinations to make space for my yarn and books.
If I was to describe myself, what sort of knitter I am, I would say I like to be challenged some days, others I simply adore the comfort of a simple project. I am also entirely curious, and love to try new techniques. I am a writer in my professional life, so I believe wholeheartedly that any craft, be it writing or knitting, is just that, a life-long experience that takes patience, practice, and a never ending desire to improve one's skills. I know this first hand, because even after forty some years of knitting, I am still just practicing.
1) I've never knit a toy before. Lessons to be learned for certain.
2) Those monkeys are too darn adorable. When you live with boys, you have to take hold of some whimsical cuteness where you can get it.
3) They'll make perfect Easter presents. Forget bunnies! Monkeys are way more fun.
4) I grinned when I saw them. The best reason of all.
So I would ask you, how you do you go about choosing what you are going to knit? Happenstance? Practical reasons? Love at first sight?