My name is Michelle; I am a fidgety-fingered Social Worker in my twenties, and I knit. My Grandma and Memère were both knitters; I watched them artfully create item after item throughout my childhood. My Grandma in particular always had a project in her lap, and used to chat away while her fingers flew back and forth when visiting with family. At some point (I'm going to guess middle school) I asked my Grandma if she could teach me how to knit. A retired teacher and all-around wonderful person, she happily obliged. She gave me a set of needles and some yarn, and taught me the basic knit stitch. I happily began to knit away row after row, basically already a professional ...or so I thought. After proudly showing Grandma my work she would point out a couple (OK, numerous) mistakes, and showed me that being unable to insert your needle into some stitches means your tension isn't exactly... top notch. Then, to my horror, she would slip the needle out from the stitches, rip out the work, and hand it back to me, "Try again". So I did, again and again, and Grandma ripped out my work, again and again. Though at the time I remember feeling like the victim of some kind of cruel trick, I went home that day with a small booklet of knitting instructions, a pair of needles, and a ball of yarn; I was determined to get it right. And eventually I did - not only that, but Grandma taught me not to be afraid to rip out rows and rows of stitches in order to right a wrong. Ask any knitter, this is a big deal.
The first thing I made was a pair of slippers; this was a great accomplishment, as EVERYONE has a pair of 'Grandma's slippers', and I couldn't believe I could make them too! I put down the needles for a while, and crocheted a bit in high school, but that didn't stick. Then one day I just got the itch to stitch! The first large project I made was a basket-weave blanket which I still have in my living room; one I'm proud to say my grandmother helped me with before she passed. Since that time I've just kept knitting, so much so that I needed an audience to share my creations with. I began giving items as gifts, and just making a ton of projects so that I could try different things and learn new techniques. Everything beyond knit & purl I have taught myself how to do. (Google is my homeboy.)
So what does this have to to with 'The Ripped Stitch'? Well folks, I'm just going to come out and say it - knittin' ain't cheap! So, named with Grandma in mind, The Ripped Stitch was born - a way for me to continue to knit in my free time, share these items at a reasonable price, and of course, honour my Grandmother's legacy.
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