Did your grandma teach you to knit? Your mom? A favorite teacher or a best friend? Have you ever made a cursed “boyfriend sweater”? Did you make a blanket for your first child or grandchild?
We all have stories about our knitting, and we love to share them. That’s why we spend so much time with other knitters at classes, events, and online.
In Stories In Stitches™ 2, Ava and I share the stories of our knitting heroines Dorothy Reade and Anna Marie Jenson, as well as other stories that we find especially meaningful. Now here’s your chance to share your story! It might be funny. It might be sad. It might be an adventure, a memory, something your mom or grandma told you, or even a dream.
Post your story in the comments below for a chance to win!
Printed version of Stories In Stitches 2 (if you haven’t already purchased)
- A pair of Stories In Stitches Wine Glasses
- A vintage pattern booklet
Don’t worry. This isn’t a writing contest. We are not judging by your spelling, grammar, or ability as a creative writer. We just want you to share your story about knitting.
- Post your story of up to 300 words in the comments below.
- Contest closes on December 15.
- 3 winners will be announced on December 20.
Why wait? Share your story today. (We won’t share it anywhere else without your permission.)
If you have no idea where to start writing your story, here’s a lovely example by my friend Joyce Lohse.
As a love-sick college girl, I remember sitting and knitting a birthday sweater for a long-distance boyfriend, a river of tears flowing, listening to Joni Mitchell’s new Blue album. “I’m going to knit you a sweater, write you a love letter, make you feel better, make you feeeeel freeeeeee ….” Carefully, I penned Joni’s lyrics onto a card and placed it inside the box with the sweater I had crafted, then sent it off in the mail.
Of course, that complicated relationship was cursed by the gorgeous blue sweater. Love collapsed, and I never saw my guy wearing the sweater. Fortunately, I met a fellow in college who dried my tears and made me laugh. Forty years later, we are still married and enjoying life together.
When my long-distrance boyfriend visited my Mom years later, she innocently said, “My, what a beautiful handmade sweater you are wearing!” You guessed it. It was the sweater I made for him. He still had it, still wore it, and according to her, it looked stunning.
Over the years, I’ve knit hats and scarves for my dear husband. I will never, EVER, knit a sweater for him, and take a chance on the evil boyfriend sweater curse!
–Joyce B. Lohse
Joyce B. Lohse lives in Centennial, Colorado where she works as a freelance writer, author of historical biographies, and administrator for a national writers’ group, Women Writing the West. She has been knitting since her mother tried to teach her at a young age. As a lefty, she finally gave up and turned her over to the knitting store ladies. www.LohseWorks.com