Don’t you just love a good addiction? My first one started when I was only seven years old, and my parents put me into 4-H. We had cattle, horses and lots of other farming things that I could have worked on and taken to the fair – but nooo – I chose to take a shot at knitting. YES, with yarn – now how scary is that?
I have no clue what attracted me to it. My mother would crochet once in a while (in a very long while), but it was not one of her passions. I still remember the very first pair of needles I picked up. I swear there was some type of chemical on them that the moment I touched them I became obsessed! It was (and still very much is) an addiction. The very first thing I ever created was called “The Pixie Slipper” – I won first prize – blue ribbon. It was the ugliest thing anyone ever suggested for a pattern. Real easy to do for a first-timer, but still ugly. What brought all this up? The pattern is back – EEEKKK!
You can find tons of all types of handmade slippers (and just about everything else) on eBay or Etsy. I have searched and used both, but this one just made me giggle:
(you can click on the pic to take you to the site for more info)
Other than the major curling in the toes, it is pretty much the same old pattern. Funny, the whole thing is just one big square?!? If you go here: https://www.etsy.com/market/pixie_slippers you can find a ton of variations to this project – who would have thought?
I remember putting such effort into that project. There was just something about the feel of the needles that hooked me (yes, pun intended). It then became the different feel of the yarns and fibers. When I went to the fair after judging, I spotted so many other beautiful projects that kids just like me had done, and I was instantly drugged! I would never be the same innocent me again – yarn – the culprit!
Now that I am older (notice I did not say wiser!?), I have come to realize it was not the yarn’s fault…it was the needles! Well, it’s not really their fault either…it’s my tiny hands and fingers and MY PIANO TEACHER!! Dun, dun, daaaa – the plot thickens!
Her method of teaching us (yep, little sis and I both had to take piano lessons – mom insisted!) was to wack the back of our hands if we didn’t reach an octave. (Those that are lucky and have never had to, check out a piano some time – try to reach eight keys with your thumb on one and pinky on the other – that’s an octave.) I couldn’t because of my short little fingers. But, if I lowered my hand I could just reach the corners and make it – NOT ALLOWED – WACK!
“You must pretend you have a golf ball stuck under your palm – this is how you must play!” Wack – again…never did get that setup – BUT – I still tried. Then on I was always sticking something in my hands, between my fingers (ok, sometimes up the nose – hee hee), working and trying to make them longer. Didn’t work. So, instead, I learned how to be more creative. My favorite reading is “how-to’s” and love learning new things and techniques. I love to write, draw, paint and all the other fun things you do with fingers…but the best, and most favorite, is still the original – KNITTING!