Knit A Heart
It is not valentines yet!!!! But I knitted some hearts, just to celebrate Craft Passion’s 1st anniversary month in this August I specially like the one shown above, red heart with beige background, it is also meant to symbolize “Passion” – so it does denote the name of “Craft Passion”, right?
I haven’t been knitting for years….. Yesterday, when I picked up my knitting needle again, I faltered, not because I forgot the way to knit but I was surprised that I still remember how to knit!!!! This is so natural, once I gripped my needle and yarn on my hand, I started to knit automatically. I don’t even have to refer to books or diagram for a warm-up. This could be due to my learning curve involved in this crafts……
I love knitting, like all my handicrafts know-how, I learned it from books. That was 28 years ago since I bought my first pair of cheap alloy knitting needle for a tryout. I bought my knitting needle without buying a book since I can’t find one with basic illustrations and diagrams in Malaysia, which has no great resources in this handicraft then. I asked and begged the craft store lady owner to teach me the basic knit and purl stitches thinking that she should know since she was selling those craft supplies, but to my surprise her answer was no, not because she didn’t want to teach but she has no clue how to knit too. I didn’t blame her, not many people knew how to knit then since it just has no such demand in knitting here, who will want to knit a jumper or overcoat and wear it in such a warm weather in Malaysia. So, with a pair of cheap alloy needle and a ball of salvaged gray yarn, I experienced it and thought that I could think out a way how to knit. I was 11 that time, naive but determined. When all my friends were playing in the park, I just sat there and squeezed my brain juice to imagine my way to knit. Everywhere I went or anything I did, I just kept on thinking of it…..
I knew that I was determined in handicrafts, I knew that my determination will bring me there, but “NO”….. after months of blindly trying, no book no guidance no clue, I really couldn’t think of a way to make a simple loop onto the needle, not to mention a stitch of a knit or a purl. I felt miserable and I remembered strongly this distressing feeling even it has been 28 years now. Helpless is really hopeless!!!!
My mum was worried about me because she knew that I wouldn’t give up until I found the solution, and I think she was way worried that I might became insane because of thinking of it too much, ha ha ha… sorry mum!
I was kind of lucky in some ways…. my late uncle found a very basic knitting books in a book store in Singapore. He bought it for me!!!! It was a thick book in green-scale printing and I remember it was from Taiwan with mandarin explanation and diagram illustration. I was so happy, so happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel after all these while. I learned to knit since then, step by step through the book…. Thanks to my late uncle who gave me my very first knitting book. I will never forget him, who had just passed away in June, 2009…. this knitted blue heart is for him —- he loves jeans.
I would wish to show you some of my early projects, where I knitted some vests and tops. Let me dig it out from my wardrobe first since I haven’t been wearing them for quite sometimes It is just too warm here these days!!!