When I was eight, my aunt gave me a knitting kit on Thanksgiving. My grandmother taught me a cast-on that wasn’t really meant for large quantities of stitches, and my mom taught me the knit stitch. While I was on Second Avenue, I found a tiny yarn shop and bought a pair of needles and some really soft red yarn to make a scarf. A few weeks later, I ran out of yarn. The shop didn’t have any more of the brand, but while I was browsing, I found both Stitch ‘N Bitch and Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. (That sparked my interest in crochet.) Eventually, I finished my scarf, even though it was half blue.
A year later, I was walking by West 15th Street, and my mom spotted Lion Brand Yarn Studio. We went in, and I printed my first pattern there. The next year, when I was ten, my crocheted amigurumi craze started, and I made another trip to LBYS for yarn. Their new yarn, Superwash Merino Cashmere, had a cowl on the label that I wanted to knit. The cowl was inches shorted then the real version, but I had found knitting once again.
When I found out about classes, I started making trips to LBYS more often. My first class was Toe-Up Socks: Slip Stitched Heel. It inspired me and taught me so much that I took five classes over the summer: Intro to Intarsia, My First Gloves, Knitting Colorwork, Crochet Cables, and All About Stripes! I also attended the Sketchbook Cardigan Knit-Aong.
Now, I knit and crochet everywhere: on the school bus, on the city bus, during lunch, and sometimes while I walk around the house. I get many stares and compliments. I have so many UFOs that they dominate my house, about twelve yarncrafting books, five magazines, and many, many, many skeins of yarn. I am an obsessive yarncrafter and proud of it!
|The Lion Brand Yarn Studio is located at 34 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011|