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How to Start Knitting (and Learn to Love It)

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When people find out I am a knitter, they have one of several reactions: “Hey, so am I!” “Cool, will you make me a sweater?” or, by far the most frequent, “Oh, yeah, I learned once but was terrible and stopped.”

I’ve been knitting for over 20 years, and teaching friends, co-workers and strangers for about 10. It’s part of who I am, and it’s how I make sense of the world. I even wrote a book about it.

Still, when I hear that last response, I try not to blab on and on about how soothing and anchoring knitting is, nor do I spew statistics about how needlework has been proven to reduce stress hormones, or how it can help kick addiction, and even potentially prevent low-level memory loss.

I do, however, want to dispel the notion that some people aren’t “crafty” and therefore can’t knit. Anyone can! It doesn’t take some special

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