Wife, Mummy, Nurse: My First Soaker #YarnAlong

05 November 2014

My First Soaker #YarnAlong

First hand knit soaker made by me in 2010.
As a little girl, I remember visiting my granny in Northern Ireland. I loved watching her knit. I remember asking my granny, "Will you teach me how to knit?" She taught me the garter stitch. When I went home that summer, every now and then I would knit. But distance wise, I was not close to granny and my new knitting skill slowly dwindled.

In college, I picked up knitting again. My first year of nursing school, I even knit a few scarves as Christmas gifts, but thought, "Knitting is boring." Looking back, I realize I was bored with knitting the garter stitch all the time. I did not seek to expand my skills.



July 2010, I stopped working full time as a nurse. We planned on using cloth diapers on our daughter. I had prefolds and a few covers, but wanted to give wool covers a try. One of my best friends told me about the Curly Purly soaker pattern and said how easy it was. It was NOT easy for me. You're talking to a girl who had been knitting on straight needles her entire life. Now, I was expected to knit in a round. I had to restart the pattern at least FIVE times because I kept twisting my stitches. I also had to look up how to purl. I was so thankful for the videos on KnittingHelp.com; they were a knitting life saver.

I saved that soaker and every time I see it, I laugh. I obviously reversed the direction in which I was supposed to knit, but I hold on to it to remind me to keep persevering-to try, try again.

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11 comments:

  1. I know nothing about knitting. I tihnk my mom tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger, and I also picked it up again during college, but I lack the patience. But how special is that your grandmother taught you how to knit and it's stuck with you - hopefully this will be something you can pass on too :)

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  2. Looks like some of my first attempts at crocheting! LOL I am an experienced knitter but cannot follow a crochet pattern to save my life!

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  3. I think it's so cool that you knit them!! I would love to learn how to make them! I know my sister knows how to knit, but I'm not sure if she can make these. Thanks!

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  4. My British nanny was an amazing knitter... I learnt nothing from her as she died when I was 4 :( but my dd does get to enjoy the sweathers she knit soooo many years ago

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  5. Love your knitting. I,be been knitting for 35 years now. Sometime often, sometimes a bit less. But the technique is always back in my fingers very fast.

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  6. So cute! I've always wanted to learn how to knit! My mom does!

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  7. Here's an easy pattern I have used, if you're interested: http://www.nappy-baby.org/userfiles/news/PlainWrap.pdf

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  8. Love the garment you made for your little one and like the colors too. I have always wanted to do an afghan but was always too busy.

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  9. I know the feeling. I crochet and did a single sized blanket in a double crochet,then started (and still working on it) a blanket with DC again with the occasional row of Treble Crochets thrown in. I decided to make a very simple soaker for my daughter and I ended up adding an extra stich to each row. So all sewn together it has one side at hip level and the other side is up at the ribs. Opps, but I now know that I need to count (and haven't made one again, cause I can't count with the kids around)

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  10. I like to crochet but to learn new crochet stitches I need someone to physically show me

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