Hi! I’m Mary! My Ravelry name is MaryEvelyn
Tell me about how you got started knitting?
I actually taught myself how to knit and crochet. But it all began as a child when I found my great grandmothers bone tatting shuttle in my grandmothers button tin. I learned how to use that shuttle with my grandmothers help. Then I asked about all the dollies on my grandmothers sofa, chairs and table and found out they were crocheted. My grandmother did not know how to crochet so off we went to the dime store and got a hook thread and a Coats and Clark little book on how to crochet – and I taught myself. I have made many crochet items – doilies – curtains – table runners – doll clothes – afghans – child and adult sweaters – necklaces – and many things I have forgotten.
As a young adult a friend I worked with was knitting in the break room. It looked like something I would enjoy but I did not want to ask her for help – so off to the “Yarn Barn” I went to get a learn how to knit book, metal straight needles, a cabled vest pattern and some brown fuzzy yarn. The mechanics of actually knitting was easy for me. Reading what I was to do was a new language – even though I knew “crochet language”. So I brought my pattern, yarn and needles to the break room, and my co worker read what I was to do and I did it. I fell in love with knitting. I liked the rhythm of the entire process and found it very relaxing and challenging at the same time. And I wound up with something I could wear are enjoy.
What kind of things do you like to knit or crochet? Why?
I knit a lot, so I have lots of projects going at the same time. I often make the same project more than once using different yarn, and/or different colors. At the store I am known as the “Accessory Knitter” with the occasional sweater thrown in.
What are your favorite yarns?
I love nice yarn. I did not have nice yarn for a long time. Merino wool, Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk. I like color so variegated yarn is a must. I love Noro – all of it!!
Who are your favorite designers?
I didn’t pay much attention to designers before I met Annie Modesitt at a workshop. I liked her teaching style and I knit her Vogue Cover Sweater (Twisted Float Shrug). I love her book the Knitting Heretic. She is very down to earth. I also love Sally Melville. Her Knit and Purl books are a must. She also is a very good teacher.
What are your proudest knitting/crochet projects/accomplishments?
Of course my first project vest I was very proud of – cables for a first project as a brand new knitter – who would have done that – but I didn’t know anything might be harder so I just jumped in and knit it. My Annie Modesitt shrug is a favorite and I actually knit one for my daughter also.
Do you carry your yarn in your left hand or your right hand?
I carry my yarn in my left hand – most likely because I learned to tat and crochet first, so it is most comfortable for me. I can use my right hand with stranded knitting – but my left hand is the holder in most of my projects.
Tell me about your experiences at Crazy for Ewe?
I love working at Crazy for Ewe! Actually I don’t call it working – I call it “My Fun Place”. I look forward to my days here. I am so happy to meet the many people that come into our store. Knitters and Crocheters are happy people. I love to help people find yarn for their project. Or introduce them to a new pattern. I love to show customers our new yarns and what can be made from them. As I said before I love to knit – as I have “always” more than one project on my many needles – and customers like to see what I am knitting now!
I had a young man call the store one day with a problem. His girlfriend had a small knitted octopus doll that she had as a child – to make a long story short – his dog got it and ate the face off – could I help? I asked if he would drop it off so I could see if it could be repaired. So in he came and yes the face was gone. I said I thought I could fix it for him – we found a close match of yarn – he purchased it – then he told me he needed it the next day. Ok. I knit the new face, sewed it over the old torn face and called him and told him it was ready. He almost cried – he was so grateful. I will never forget that experience – I am sure he has not idea how touched I was to help him be in good graces with is girlfriend. I feel we are here to help our customers, make them feel successful, have them become not only our customers – but become our friends.
What one piece of advice you would give a new knitter?
My advise for new knitters and crocheters would be to work with quality materials. You need good tools! Also, yes you can teach yourself to knit or crochet – you can look on the internet – but you can never replace that experienced person sitting next to you. They can help you learn to do the mechanics of knitting or crocheting, reading a pattern, choosing the correct yarn for a specific pattern, correcting your errors and understanding just what you did wrong.
Sitting around a table with knitters and crocheters of all levels is a wonderful experience. We all learn from each other, at different paces – but we become “knitting and crocheting” friends”. WHAT COULD BE BETTER?