Belated introduction

I realize I posted some ramblings on my blog before I properly introduced myself.
I'm Brian. I'm 36, live in Columbus, OH, and am addicted to yarn and knitting.
I crocheted quite a bit as a youngster (mentored by my paternal grandmother) and tried my hand at knitting, but knitting was a bit too complex for my crochet-based mind to grasp. All of my projects were way too tight and ended up triangularly-shaped. Hence, I hung it up for about 26 years.
Flash-forward 26 years: Said grandmother was overdue to go to the nursing home. She was eventually admitted to assisted-living (at 84 years old). She passed down all of her needles (crochet) and yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) to me due to her arthritis.
I decided there was no sense in letting anything of this sort heartfelt donation go to waste, so I said. "Screw it", and crocheted three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver multi-brown into a 'project satchel'. Everyone was calling it a purse, but it was a big messenger type bag that I started carrying my projects in.
After about two weeks, I completed the project satchel and realized that I really, really don't like the texture, feel, and general look of crocheted items. It reminded me too much of the bright yellow sweater vests and scratchy leftover acrylic afgans that Grandma used to well-intentionedly force upon us.
Therefore, I decided to try knitting again. I figured I was pretty damned smart, and that it couldn't be that hard. I also had a friend at a gay campground who was very, very good at knitting (and I've recently started talking to him again on Ravelry.), and I was always impressed with his work and enthusiasm.
So, I went to the local library and borrowed a copy of "Knitting for Dummies". It was very, very helpful. That, coupled with YouTube videos, started me on this wonderfully addictive path in April of this year.
I also quit drinking on March 25th, and knitting has given me so much more to do than sit around and be bored and go out and drink.
I quit smoking a month ago, and it has given me something to do with my hands and has distracted me to the point of forgetting to want a cigarette.
So, basically, the point of this long-winded diatribe is that I really love doing something that I should have picked up years ago, and I plan on doing it as much as possible, everywhere possible.
I am already teaching my 14 and 11 year old nephews this wonderful art.
Keep on knitting on.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome to the group and kudos for taking up knitting to help stay away from the other pastimes. One aunt of mine took up rug hooking after she quit smoking because it was a more creative way to keep her hands occupied. Previously, the cigarettes and a cup of coffee filled that niche. Kudos, too, for passing on the knitting to the nephews.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

cacunn's picture

welcome to the addiction. There is a 12 step program for this addiction, I will give you the first four steps and other will add the rest.

1. Buy needles and Yarn
2. Knit a scarf
3. Knit a second scarf.
4. knit scarf with different stitches
5. . . .

Warning there is no cure but with work it can be controlled.

DiscoB75's picture

I LOVE IT!!! We totally need to start an AA program based on that strategy. Oh, the good we could do.

CLABBERS's picture

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
It sounds as though you have gone through a lot this year with quitting the smoking and drinking and substituted knitting. Brilliant choice. I wish you all the best with both. I quit smoking about 25 years ago now and haven't looked back. Well, okay, that's a lie, but I made it through all the temptations, especially the one when I wanted to sit back and admire a piece of artwork I had done, or proofread a piece of writing I was working on. I always wanted a cigarette as kind of a reward for working so hard on something. I didn't start knitting until 9/10, so I had to find other things to occupy my hands, so a great deal of pencil tapping and other annoying little things found their way into our lives. Thankfully, those habits are now gone. Knitting has been a great source of stress relief for me. I am in education and working with my little hormone bombs (ages 12-14) can cause anyone to stress out. Coming home and knitting does the trick. You can tell, however, when I am more stressed out. I tend to work on scarves and washcloths at that point because my stitch tension is a tad tighter than it should be. I am always amazed when I look at the washcloths that we have. Even though I used the same yarn, needle, and pattern, they vary in size.

Again, welcome to the group. You will find amazing guys here. I also use books, but prefer YouTube videos the best. For really difficult questions, I bring them here and post them. I am so pleased to get so many guys who are willing to add their expertise to help me through my knitting issues.

Happy knitting and post lots of pictures for us to see!


DiscoB75's picture

I hate to sound melodramatic, but knitting has saved my life. It's the meditation I've needed to bring my stress level down. It's allowed me to quit two very destructive habits. It's lowered my blood pressure. It's cheaper than modern medicine. It's freaking awesome.

Kerry's picture

Welcome Brian.

DiscoB75's picture

Thanks, Kerry.

KenInMaine's picture

Welcome to the site! I really enjoyed reading about your journey and congratulate you on quitting both drinking and smoking. Kudos! It's funny, I agree with you 100% about the look and feel of crocheted material. It reminds me of granny square afghans! Though I must admit that did learn to crochet just so I could make amigurumi.

I'm sure you'll enjoy the site and getting to know the guys. Everyone here is nice and helpful. Be sure to ask if you need anything!


DiscoB75's picture

Thanks, Ken. I'm loving the site already. I wasn't expecting so many warm responses already. I am definitely going to start working on the amigurumi. They are so damned cute and people love them.
I'll have to start bugging you on patterns and problems with

michaelpthompson's picture

Great story Brian, and welcome! It's great to hear that knitting is helping you overcome addictions. I also prefer the texture of knitting, though the yarn makes a lot of difference too. But crochet does some things very well. My wife and daughter both crochet, and they make things I'm not sure would work with knitting, like small animals and large afghans.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

DiscoB75's picture

I wanna try the amigurumi animals soon. I need more

scottly's picture

Brian, welcome - I can't wait to see some of your projects. Our knitting stories are so simalar. I, too, started crocheting as a kid, 7 or 8 and learned the basics of knitting in college but never really learned anything but knit and purl. Then when I quit smoking a few years ago I needed something more to distract me and learning to knit lace and socks was just the ticket. I've been a non-stop knitter ever since. I still crochet but I agree with about the look of most crocheted item with the exception of lace. Crocheted lace is exquisite and one of these days I may have to try my hand at it. Plus, there is nothing like crochet for sculpted forms - I did a lot of that in college art school.

By the way, I quit drinking fifteen years ago and life keeps getting better a day at a time.

DiscoB75's picture

Thanks for the welcome. I am looking into crocheted lace. I bought a hairpin lace loom which I've yet to use, but will soon. Congrats on the sobriety!

superi's picture

Hi Brian, welcome to the group! Knitting is such a great hobby. I'm just a hop, skip and a jump away from you in Springfield. There are some great fiber fest in the OH area as well. The next one I know of is in Newark at the OSU satelitte campuse there in August. There's also another great one coming up in September near Yellow Springs called a Wool Gathering which is in September.


DiscoB75's picture

That sounds cool. Let me know when it gets closer. I'd love to check both of those out. I love Yellow Springs.

DiscoB75's picture

Thanks for the kudos. I'm gonna do bigger and better things as time goes on, so prepare for handing out more