Cathy Clark is a multi-crafter; she knits, sews and makes jewelry. She’s also a big fan of OttLite, and we’re glad she is! It was her amazing knitting that we first noticed, and so she shared with us a little bit about how she became a knitter, what kinds of projects she loves to make, and a funny tip for beginning knitters.
When did you start knitting? Who taught you?
I started knitting about two years ago. I watched a lot of videos online and went to a local knitting store for help.
What made you choose to learn knitting?
My mom used to knit and I tried to get her to get back into it for something to keep her busy. As I was watching her one day I thought, I would like to try this.
I’ve been hooked ever since!
What was the first project you ever completed?
A garter stitch scarf. I can't remember exactly how long it took me to make that first scarf. It was just one stitch so it didn't take very long. I made it for myself. I could never give anyone else a first-time project!
What sort of projects do you like to make?
Scarves, hats, shawls, baby blankets and baby clothes. I really like making stuff for the little ones!
Do you have a favorite project of all time?
Yes, Aiden’s hat and sweater. I made her a baby blanket when she was born, and so for Christmas last year I made her a hat and swing cardigan with the same kind of fluffy yarn.
Do you have a favorite place to knit?
I don’t have a favorite place, but I usually knit in my living room while watching TV with my husband and doggie beside me. I also have an OttLite near the recliner in my craft room. If it’s a nice day I like to sit outside on the patio.
Do you participate in knitting clubs or circles?
I have a local knitting store, Flying Needles in Belleair, FL, that encourages “open knitting.” There’s a group of ladies I knit with on Fridays, but I can go in any day and have someone to knit with. I’ve made some great friends and received a lot of help and ideas there!
Have you ever knitted for charity?
I used to be involved with a local chapter of “Threads of Love.” We sewed and knitted for the preemie babies at a local hospital. The group broke up last year and I really miss it.
What does crafting bring to your life?
I love my crafts: sewing, knitting, jewelry making. There are never enough hours in the day to do all the projects I have planned. Knitting is very relaxing for me, and you can bring it with you anywhere. I always have a project with me for any down time I might have.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to try knitting for the first time?
Go for it!!! It’s not hard to learn and you’ll be amazed at what you can create. Warning: it’s very addictive! But don’t worry…you’ll learn how to hide all that new yarn you buy from your hubby.
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