This week I’m celebrating the launching into my new life by sharing the path that led me here. Follow along all week!

Yesterday the crafty-ness started at home. Today, I got to college and learn to knit!

I went to a beautiful little University, 8 hours away from home, deep in southeast Tennessee. After a freshman year filled with what-should-I-major-in? torture, I decided on French Literature.

I absolutely loved books and I love language, and I had taken 4 years of French in High School, so it just made sense.  I imagined myself as a French professor, at a small college (perhaps the one I attended), spending my days teaching a few dedicated students the joys of Prevert's poetry, while reading and writing and always learning.

And it wasn't until I was a Teacher's Assistant my senior year, that I ever doubted the plan. During my first day to teach the class, I stood up….and was blank. All those faces staring at me! I started shaking and blushing and stammering (in English!)

While I denied it at first, I knew: I was terrified of standing in front of people – how did I think I was going to be a professor? I didn't really acknowledge that teaching WASN'T for me until a year after graduation, when I started to apply to grad schools.

By this time, I was deep into knitting and dyeing and business-stuff, so moving on from French Lit was a little easier.

But wait, let's go back to college!

All along, I did little crafty things. Making dinners for my roomates, scrapbooking, handwriting letters to my best friend.

But my senior year, I stumbled into the craft section of the bookstore. This was in 2004, when big, gorgeous knitting books were just starting to hit the shelves.

I bought Knitting Pretty, got really hideous mauve acrylic yarn and some metal needles. When I got home, me and my roomate Lindsay sat on my bed and tried to decipher the instructions.

We would read slowly, look at the pictures, look at the yarn in our hands.

Casting on was a breeze (backwards loop cast-on) but the knitting, not so much.

We were completely stuck at the “pull loop on right needle through loop on left needle”. What? Pull what through what? The pictures showed the yarn wrapping around the right needle and in the next picture – bam! The new stitch is made!

Eventually we got it and I knit maybe 50 rows on that scarf before it went in a bag and I focused on gradutation, moving back to Ohio, and planning my wedding.

Tomorrow, I get married (to Jay) & get obsessed (with yarn)!

PS. Don’t forget: I’m answering any and all questions on Twitter, today at pm EST. Just put #AskTheChicken in your tweet (at any time) and I’ll answer at 3! You can follow along and see all the questions and answers here.

PPS. The sale! Don’t forget there’s a yarn sale with discounts for both new and returning customers! Grab your yarn right here: http://blondechicken.etsy.com

0 comment on Path to Yarn – Learning to Knit

  1. Pace
    July 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow. I honor your big choice. Finding out that the thing we've been studying for a big chunk of our lives isn't the right thing for us? That's big and hard. And I think I can relate. *hugs*

    Here's to enjoying the journey! I'm enjoying your celebration so much!!

  2. blondechicken
    July 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks Pace, for acknowledging how hard that was! Lots of sleepless nights, where I could only think “French? Business? French? Business?”
    I'm sure I made the right decision, but it felt HUGE and unchangeable at the time!

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  3. Pace
    July 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow. I honor your big choice. Finding out that the thing we've been studying for a big chunk of our lives isn't the right thing for us? That's big and hard. And I think I can relate. *hugs*

    Here's to enjoying the journey! I'm enjoying your celebration so much!!

  4. blondechicken
    July 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks Pace, for acknowledging how hard that was! Lots of sleepless nights, where I could only think “French? Business? French? Business?”
    I'm sure I made the right decision, but it felt HUGE and unchangeable at the time!

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