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Encouragement and Testimonials

Here you can read or submit your own humorous stories and bits of encouragement, whether they be nostalgic, mirthful, or thought-provoking. Any memorable, true-life knitting story qualifies, so sit back and relax to read--or submit!

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Monday, August 21, 2006Name: Mousie Woman (deb)

Subject: I cant stay out of here!

Comment: Hi Mousie Woman here,
After I finished that long scarf, and started 2 more, actualy I turned the orange/red scarf into a purse, and I'm still working on the green scarf, As I type this I have 3 mice sitting on the scarf and one mousie knitting (I found her on a humorus knitting web site) She was so cute, I just had to add her to my mousie colection. The only bad thing is now I have a sore elbow! (I think its caused by something else, but knitting tends to eritate it, yet I love to knit SOO much,I feel like a basket case when I cant knit!!! I also have a pretty white purse that I knitted thats on the way!!) take care! Mousie Lady

Saturday, August 12, 2006Name: Hannah

Subject: knitting

Comment: Hi!! My Grandma TRIED to teach me how to knit when I was... I think... 10 or 11. (I can't exactly remember) But anyway, I couldn't get it. My work went from like 5 inches across and kept getting bigger. I'm serious!!! When I binded off it was 15 inches. Anyway I gave up after that. But maybe a year or two later I started praying that God would let me be able to get it and I got it!! I was so excited!! So now I'm 15 and have made a sweater, vest and a poncho. I'm thinking about making my sister a pair of mittens for Christmas. Never give up!!!

Love and prayers, Hannah

Friday, August 11, 2006Name: Tori

Subject: Encouragement

Comment: Hi,I'm only 14 but hope my little knitting story might help some discouraged beginners. When I was around 7 years old I took a knitting class from an old lady from our church(which was very interesting, but I did'nt really get it.) I never could get farther than half a pot holder, so I kind of just gave it up or something (I can't really remember very well exactly why we stopped.) Then, last year,I got interested in knitting again. I recieved a knitting kit for my birthday and was very excited about learning. We popped in the knitting DVD and I tried and tried unsuccess-fully. I was determined to learn in that one sitting, but, try as I might, it all ended in tears. The knitting kit was buried, along with my enthusiasm. But little did I know that in my unconsious mind I was going over the knitting steps and slowly understanding it. Then, one day, about a month later, I picked up my knitting needles and started to knit! Now I enjoy knitting exceedingly, have taught my brother and now am trying to teach my friend how. I would like to learn more about knitting and maybe even someday start some sort of knitting business!

Monday, August 07, 2006Name: deborah

Subject: Mousie woman take 5-lol

Comment: Hi its me again, Guess what?? I finaly finished my scarf!(man is it long!!) But I'm such a "knit nut" lol. I'm now starting TWO scarfs, one at home and the other on the go, the one on the go has 2 mice in a pouch at the end, as I type this those 2 mice are smiling at me. They look so cute snuggled up in there pouch! I'm at Foothill College (where I take classes in the summer) and even as I read the "Encouragement & Testimonials" I love to sit here and knit!! NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS!!
Mousie Woman

Sunday, August 06, 2006Name: Karyn

Subject: Knitter from Zimbabwe!

Comment: Yes Zimbabwe. As in Africa. I was taught how to knit when I was a child (as were all my contemporaries)but it was more a chore than anything else. Something all little girls had to know...I hated it, needless to say, what with all the deformed teddy bears and scratchy pullovers we were compelled to churn out both at home and at school. Then one year ago I came across a copy of Vogue Knitting International (a rare find, in my cash strapped, semi-sanctioned country US magazines are not something you find all the time) and I fell absolutely and instantly in love with knitting. It really was a life changing moment, dramatic as it sounds. I knit to relieve stress, to unwind, for the sheer contentment of it. I struggle to find decent yarn substitutes, battle to get the right gauge needles and fumble with my as yet unperfected skills, but I am loving every nutty, knitty second of it! I love this site and visit regularly and just had to say a warm hello from Africa:)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006Name: deborah & Mousie

Subject: "knit news-nice" lol

Comment: Hi Its me Deborah again. I just cant stay off here! I was so flattered when (you Theresa) Commented on my mice! That really made my day!!! I would love to give a pattern but dont know how. Tonight I'm really enjoying knitting my scarf, I have 18 small crochet friends (mice) with me tonight. I allready finished half of my scarf, it got so big I could not put it in my purse anymore so I binded it off and tonight working on the other half,I hope to get it finished before the cold weather comes in. Its got 5 mousie faces on it(the desine) I'm exited about it!! Well got to go now,(I'm going to mess around on the computer and do somemore knitting on my scarf.

Thursday, July 27, 2006Name: Sue Turner

Subject: knitting

Comment: I have a very smart friend in Oklahoma who has been blind for over twenty years.

When I made a baby blanket for her first grandbaby a few years ago, she said she wished she could make him one.

So I taught her to knit.

In the last five years she has knitted more blankets, afghans, scarves, mittens, hats and booties than I have since I learned how forty years ago.

Her priority project is the dozen hats she knits for her church to donate to needy children every year, above and beyond everything else she does.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006Name: Sandy

Subject: it's really great!!!

Comment: I've been knitting since I was about 8; my mom taught me and it has stayed with me ever since. It has become an unwinder for after work late at night and also an encouragement when grandchildren want to learn (even my grandson of 5 is interested but can't quite get the hang of it). Thanks for your website and also for sharing.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006Name: Amelia

Subject: OCK

Comment: I am obsessed with knitting. I am only thirteen years old but have been knitting for 6 years. I absolutely adore it and am currently trying to make the Mermaid's Mesh Tunic.

I love this website and would go crazy without it.

Thursday, May 25, 2006Name: Carol

Subject: Knitting Group

Comment: Hi I have been knitting for just 2 years and have been enjoying alot. And a group of friends and I put a knitting group together. We meet once a month at each others homes. And enjoy knitting together. If we need help. We help each other out with our projects. It's fun to get together each month and see what everyone is making. Knitting is fun. Thank you for this web site.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006Name: Tamar

Subject: I love your site!!!!

Comment: I am 13 years old and get on here ALL of the time. I knit, crochet, tat, quilt, macrame, bead and lots of other crafts. I really enjoy knitting items for others. As the big sister of 8 kids and watching my cousins alot, knitting has been a great relaxation tool!

Thanks & God bless,

Sunday, May 14, 2006Name: Theresa

Subject: Hobbies

Comment: Hey "Deborah & mousies" - Please write up that mouse pattern you designed and post it. Sounds like fun!

I've tried just about every craft hobby there is. Knitting has been great for me because (1) I can do it anywhere. (2) I can make things that people actually like receiving as gifts. (3) I can do it when I would otherwise be occupied (riding in the car, flying, etc.) meaning that I don't have to take time out of my busy schedule for my hobby. (4) I can make nice things for the troops away in the war. (5) It can be relaxing or challenging depending on the project. (6) I can make useful and classic items.

Thanks for this website. I reference it often.

By the way, I'm 37 and have been knitting for over 3 years.

Sunday, May 07, 2006Name: Beth

Subject: Addicted to knitting

Comment: I have always crocheted, thinking knitting was way too hard... until last year. I just decided I wanted to learn to knit. So, I picked up one of those instruction books they have in the yarn section, some needles and yarn, and by the end of the night, I could cast on and had the hang of the knit stitch. Purl stitches took a little longer to get the hang of, but I kept at it. It just amazes me that I can turn a skein of yarn into something usable!! So far, I have knitted about a dozen scarves, several shawls or wraps, and a doily. I love this site, there are so many great patterns here. My first attempt at socks did not turn out so well, but I am going to keep trying til I get it. All of the different types of yarn is very overwhelming. There is a yarn store in the town where I live, and the first time I walked in, my jaw dropped. I had no idea there was such a variety. Knitting is very relaxing and a great stress reliever. I take my knitting everywhere with me. My boyfriend gets kind of embarrassed when I knit in restaraunts, but hey... I can't stop knitting!! If you are a beginner, keep at it! Knitting is an extremely rewarding hobby!

Thursday, May 04, 2006Name: Eugene Olea

Subject: Young knitters

Comment: Young male and female alike! do not be discouraged! I'm only thirteen and i've knit ponchos, hats, scarves, mittens, and, just recently my first sock!!!! It's so much fun. keep honing your craft and your stitches will become super even!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006Name: Deb

Subject: Teaching knitting

Comment: My daughter (age 17) had some major health problems the past 2 years. As I sat in her hospital room waiting for doctors or just passing the time with her I knit. As she got better, I taught her to knit. Now she has made over a dozen scarves for her favorite nurses and is now looking to do some charity knitting. Knitting helped keep me sane while I worried about her.
I used this site looking for the next project I would make.


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