Knitting Groups and a CONTEST!

Last night was our late-night shopping hours evening. We’re open later the first Thursday of each month. Some Thursday nights are crazy busy, and other nights are calm and laid back. Last night, we had a great group of knitters pop over from Illinois to hang out, shop, and knit. In that group there were experienced knitters and brand new knitters, which is always fun. Some of them were just learning to knit socks and were being encouraged and instructed by the more experienced knitters in their group.

But the unique thing about this group? Some of them were the very first in-person shoppers to visit The Loopy Ewe. Here’s a photo of their first trip, back when Loopy was just a teeny tiny corner of shelves in my basement. They could stand in the middle of it and reach any shelf and any skein of yarn. (I’m not exaggerating.) The thing is, I think they had just as much fun on that first visit as they did on this visit (and all of their visits in between). It doesn’t matter how many shelves of yarn you have – just getting knitting friends and yarn together pretty much guarantees that fun will follow.

I made up a couple of extra Spring Fling Goodie Bags, just so I could share them with you in a blog contest! This year’s bag was a clear vinyl tote with shoulder straps, that came with a yellow-checked Loopy Ewe Mug, a sample of hand lotion, a Loopy sticky note set, and a skein of Wollmeise in a variety of colorways. Would you like to win one? Just leave us a comment below and answer this question: How many years have you been knitting? We’ll draw for the Goodie Bag winners next week.

Sheri hopingyourweekendbringsyourelaxationandsometimetoknit!

1,270 comments

  1. I learned from my grandma when I was 8, so 20 years ago, but have had many boughts of on again off again since then. This time, probably 7 years.

  2. Learned to knit in my teen’s. When I got married, decided to knit my husband a sweater. He is very tall, but this would of fit an ape. Did not know that much about measuring. We will be married 46 years so probably knitting about 50. Oh, it’s my golden anniversary. Guess I’ll have to buy myself some golden yarn from The Loopy Ewe to celebrate!!!

  3. I’m feeling old.
    I learned how to crochet about 37 years ago (my grandmother taught me) and have been knitting for about 30 (mom taught me and used to sew together my pieces for me well into college!).

  4. I learned to knit as a kid, but really picked it up when I had my second daughter (I now have 3) was born. I was recently exposed to the wonderful non-acrylic yarns.

  5. I have been knitting for 42 years. Some years not so much – but very regularly and compulsively for the past 18. Love it.

  6. I have been knitting for 9 years after years of crocheting – now the only crochet I seem to do is provisional castons or edgings for knit items

  7. Ah, what the heck. 😀

    I’ve been knitting for about 10.5 years. One of my housesmates in my first year of university knit and I said “Cool! Can you teach me?” She replied: “Sure, if you get yourself some needles and yarn.”

    She taught me casting on, knitting, and casting off (and casting on again, and again, and again…) and the rest is history. 😀

  8. I started knitting 5 years ago after many starts and stops of trying to get the hang of it until one day it just clicked. And I’ve never looked back 🙂

  9. I started 6 years ago when a new yarn shop opened that offered lessons. My friend suggested it and I thought I would be terrible at it but was willing to try. Now I can’t remember what life was like before knitting!!!!

  10. I have been knitting seriously for 5 years. However, I first learned to knit 9 years ago, but quickly discovered that crocheting was way faster, so I focused on that for a while.

  11. I learned to knit when I was 5 or 6 years old, so that means I’ve been knitting for……quite a few years! My mom knit and one grandma knit. Embroidery, crochet and quilting were always going on as well. Luckily, I’m retired and can knit for hours each day if I want to…and I usually do.

  12. I’ve been knitting for about 30 years, and with all of the stash I’ve accumulated, I hope to be knitting for 30 more!

  13. I’ve been knitting seriously for about 4 years, although I learned 27 years ago. Boy, does time fly.

  14. I learned to knit when I was seven years old to earn a brownie badge. I’ll be 52 next month, so that makes 45 years. Wow, ……………………………. now I need to go rest up!

  15. 43 years ago..things have changed so much and the yarn is fabulous…I have become an accessories junkie!

  16. I’ve been knitting off and on since I was about 10 years old, which is a few decades ago. I had not been knitting for the last couple of years because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. But, when my brother-in-law’s wife got pregnant with their first child, I knew I had to make a baby afghan, since I had for his other brother’s two kids. I also knew that I probably could not knit it, so I decided to try crochet it. Hooray for Skacel’s Addy ergonomic crochet hooks! I’m making great progress on a crocheted afghan. (My left hand really does not do well at all, but I can use my right hand, which is why I decided to try crocheting again, after some years off of it!

  17. I’ve been knitting for about 7 years. I took it up right after my youngest son(who is now 8)was born.

  18. I have known how to knit for about 35 years, but have been knitting “seriously” (ie collecting stash) for about 5 years!

  19. I learned to knit about 45 years ago and have been knitting off and on since, lately more on than off; my mom took a knitting class at Sears at Crestwood Plaza (!!) in St. L. in the 60’s and taught me how to knit – and I am so glad she did!

  20. My aunt taught me to knit 49 years and I have been knitting ever since. Back then I bought yarn in Woolworth’s basement, now I buy it online (Loopy Ewe)! I love it more as time passes, and am pleased to say, my 5 year old niece told me she wants to learn to knit! Wow! Another generation handed down – can’t wait!

  21. Five years….it started as a distraction to take my mind off our very long adoption process. But, I kept it up even after our son came home from Vietnam in September of 2006. I love it!

  22. I have been knitting for 4 years but the first 2 1/5 were garter stitch scarfs. It wasn’t until I found a local knit in and guild that I really learned to knit.
    Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  23. Probably about 40 with a long, long break in the middle. My grandmother taught me to knit in my teens. In my 20’s I moved on to other things and about 3 years ago I took up knitting again. Much of my inspiration to pick up the knitting needles has come from the Loopy Ewe Website!

  24. I’ve been knitting since I was 9 years old. About 45 years. I was taught by an Italian lady who barely spoke English but I still remember her so clearly. What a wonderful memory!!

  25. I’ve been knitting for the past 20 years, intermittently. Of late I would say I got bit by the sock knitting bug about 7 years ago and won’t leave the house without a WIP. I think I have knit enough socks to keep the whole family with warm feet!

  26. I have been knitting for 10 wonderful years
    My mother taught me to knit when I was very young, but when I got into high school, I had other things on my mind (boys) and stopped knitting.
    So glad I have returned to it, I love it so much

  27. I have been knitting for nearly 6 years now – I started while doing my honours year, mainly just to keep myself sane.

    (also, my brain is obviously suffering from the mid-week vagueness because I had to check my Ravelry profile to answer this question)

  28. I started knitting more than 40 yrs. ago, then put it down and did not pick it only to make a couple of afghans. The last 2-1/2 yrs. I probably have learned more than I knew in the past 40 yrs. They have come out with so many neat patterns and there are new patterns out and it seems like more and more people are getting bit by the bug, especially for socks.

  29. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 9 years old. I am 44 years old. I was taught by my Grandmother and my Mother. I was taught how to read Japanese graphs and/or look at a garment and make it. I taught myself how to read grids and patterns, and if I get stuck, I have a close friend to help me. I taught myself how to make socks on 5 double point needles over a year ago. I challenged myself to make a stunning shrug from a vogue magazine and learned quick to read the grids. I finished two shrugs. =) My Dad would say, “Are you tying knots in string again”? I would say, Yuppers!!!

  30. I have been knitting for 64 years! A friend of my Aunt taught me, and then I knitted scarves, then socks for boy friends, then sweaters for my husband, then for my children,and now for my grandchildren! I LOVE to knit; it is best therapy I know.

  31. I’ve been knitting since I was 12 – and this year marks is my GOLDEN knitting anniversary – 50 years. Still loving every stitch.

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