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Subject:  Go the Craft Bug back!! Date:  7/23/2004  8:24 AM
Author:  PipneyJane Number:  3047 of 7388

When I was a teenager, I got heavily bitten by the crafting bug. My best achievement was in 1987/88: knitted 4 sweaters, crocheting one and doing half a dozen small cross-stitch embroideries (most were initials for friends). That was also the period I tatted half a collar, made my patchwork blocks and did most of the 30x18 inch "Simpson's Gap" needlepoint (still unfinished).

What killed the bug was moving to Britain for work and leaving most of my equipment to be shipped over separately. I actually went through a period of mourning! It was 18 months before I saw my craft stuff again. Throw in badly lit apartments and the bug became a shadow of its former self. Occasionally, I'd persevere with a sweater. The drive finally left me when I courted repetition strain injury during my accounting finals - it even hurt to knit. My last two sweaters took 6 years between them. In fact, I've done most of the work on the second one since February (only the neck to go).

I think something has happened since I found this Board: I have thought more about knitting, browsed more websites and bought more craft equipment than I had done in the previous 5 years. That includes half a dozen vintage knitting pattern books (I'm into 1930's and 1940's styles).

Fast forward to this month. We were in Germany visiting my SIL, when I spied a yarn shop. 20 minutes and lots of hand gestures later, I was the proud owner of 12 balls of knitting worsted weight merino wool in a soft pale blue. I just couldn't resist. Now, I'm already 5 inches into knitting it into a sweater, using a pattern that dates from 1935.

The bug is definitely back. Thank you all for reinfecting me. :o)

- Pam

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