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Updated on July 22, 2013

How I learn to knit...

Knitting knowledge has traditionally past on from one generation to another: there always were people who can teach and people who wanted to learn...

Long ago, and I mean LONG AGO, when I was about 5 years old, I saw very closely for the first time in my life, my cousin knitting. For me it seemed nothing but magic! I fall in love with knitting... at first sight literally! And at that moment I've decided that I had to learn how to do it myself. Luckily for me, my cousin (she's 14 years older than me) agreed to teach me. She provided me with my first own pair of needles and tiny ball of wool (about a walnut size). I don't remember how long it took for me to understand the process, but at the end of the day I was proudly show to my parents 10 stitches I've cast on by myself! The funny part was that I was moving these stitches back and forth from left needle to right one (I didn't grasp how to pull the yarn through the stitch to produce another one) and honestly believed that I'm knitting and result will appear soon!!! When my father said that is something wrong with my "knitting" because nothing changed for half an hour or so, and he actually only proved my guesses. But I didn't want to admit aloud that I agree with him, tried few more times, and then bitterly put my "work" away soon after he left the room.

"Never, never, never give up."

--Winston Churchill

And I didn't give up! Shortly after my first attempt to knit, my sister decided she will definitely learn to do it, if even me (5 years younger than her) learn something. Few weeks later, in that moment when I saw my sister knitting for real some competitive sparks born in me!

I was watching her knitting a scarf quietly for a while until I finally understood what I did wrong, I found a "missing key". Boy, I was happy: I tried to knit and it worked!

Handknit Panda baby boy set

Handknit Panda baby boy set
Handknit Panda baby boy set

The hope dies last...

But my happiness didn't last for long: its gone as soon as last inch of the yarn from that tiny ball my cousin gave me... it was no way my mom would want to buy yarn for 5 year old kid (she probably, thought that moment it will not work out and didn't want to spend money for expensive yarn). After asking my mom about yarn few times, I understood that if I ever got any yarn it won't be in the nearest future. As most kids I did believe in magic, and I wished that someday a fairy will come and bring me a HUGE bag of hanks and balls...Meanwhile, I was using that tiny ball over and over to keep remember what I've learn.

Knitted Toy - fashion Dog - Josephine the Poodle

Knitted Toy - fashion Dog - Josephine the Poodle
Knitted Toy - fashion Dog - Josephine the Poodle

Believing - its power

Few years later, not the fairy, but my aunt came from other country to visit us and she brought with her a lot of yarns (she was a professional knitter and didn't stop to knit even while traveling). She saw me being so interesting in the knitting that she decided to assist me with knitting and share her wisdom with me... She taught me how to knit hats, socks, sweaters... I learned many different stitch designs and techniques. She taught me how to design my own things and make my own patterns... Also, she suggested if we can afford to buy yarn, then we can turn any old knitted stuff (not used any more) to yarn and how to work with this kind of thread....Since that time, I've started to knit for myself and my family.

Thanks to all this knowledge I got from my aunt, all clothes (including even first ones) always were not just wearable, but looked nice and unique, luckily for me, and this encourage me even more...

Dream, believe, achieve!

With each piece my skills improved, and soon I was enjoying to produce knitted gifts not only for members of my family, but for my friends too. My mom was so proud of me and my achievements. Even our neighbors started to order something occasionally, despite the fact that I was still a child.

Years passed. I got married, then immigrated with my husband to America ... Very soon after our arrival, I've realized that in America you can buy everything, including a different kind of handmade stuff. It's discouraged me a little to take orders, having so many competitors, but for my child I was still knitting, believing in that what my aunt once told me: a clothes made by loving person will keep you not only warm, but happy, healthy, wealthy!

And after I've received a couple of compliments how nice clothes my child wearing and question where did I bought them, I decided why not to start earn some money from my skills and knowledge, while staying with my kid at home.

Strawberry booties

Strawberry booties
Strawberry booties

Examples of my "Attire for Baby" products

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From spring collection...

From spring collection...
From spring collection...

Purple version.

Purple version.
Purple version.

Pretty Party Goer

Pretty Party Goer
Pretty Party Goer

Another example of my work: one of the Halloween hats

Another example of my work: one of the Halloween hats
Another example of my work: one of the Halloween hats

Some of Testimonials...

Below there are Feedbacks/testimonials about my work when I just started to sell my stuff... You can see new ones from my recent sales visiting my shop on Etsy www.cleverclew.etsy.com

zzoey says:

Perfect in every way!

7/06/2010

* HANDMADE KNIT BABY GIRLS EASTER BOOTIES, sz0-12M

zzoey says:

Excellent transaction!

6/30/2010

* NEW Handmade knit FUNKY Baby BOOTIES sz 0-12M, hand painted wool

zzoey says:

Excellent transaction with very fast delivery--Perfect knitting!

6/13/2010

* Handmade Knit Baby Girls MARY JANE booties

zzoey says:

Perfect transaction with speedy delivery. Love this seller!!

6/10/2010

* Handmade Knit Baby Girls MARY JANE booties

Thank you so much. Suit is beautiful and gorgeous.

4.12.10

Adorable hat. Beautifully made. Thanks

Buyer: idbabybakeshop

Feb-19-10 08:26

NEW Handmade knit Ecru BABY HAT w/flowers sz 0-6M (#130363875324)

I love the outfit it is very cute. Thank you

Buyer: idcindymaclellan2008

Feb-03-10 14:13

Handmade Knit BABY SWEATER,HAT,BOOTIES SET sz0-6mo (#130360436833)

So Cute, Thanks!!!

Buyer: idsuchapoop

Dec-27-09 16:04

NEW Handmade knit Christmas ELF BOOTIES sz 0-12M (#130350401122)

AWESOME SELLER what QUALITY work

Buyer: idladyoha

Dec-27-09 09:16

Handmade Knit BABY SWEATER,HAT,BOOTIES SET sz0-6mo (#130347448047)

Cute outfit! I wish I could knit like this! Thanks!

Buyer: idrealkidsphotographer

Handmade Knit BABY SWEATER,HAT,BOOTIES SET sz0-6mo (#130348904450)

awesome seller,very helpful,does special orders and super fast shipping,thank u

Buyer: idkolmann2006

Dec-18-09 17:49

Handmade Knit BABY SET special order for Carol (#130352314339)

Special ordered these for my 2 & 9yr old, they are FABULOUS! Fit perfect!

Buyer: idjholzwartauto

Dec-14-09 17:57

NEW Handmade knit Christmas ELF HATS special order (#130352455625)

Beautiful, I love it , very well made boutique quality! Buyer: idvpenaloza

Dec-12-09 12:49

Handmade Knit BABY DRESS,SHOES SET sz 3-9mo (#130347689993)

A+ ebay seller! beautiful sweater set! thank u!!!

Buyer: idrenee1816

Handmade Knit BABY SWEATER,HAT,BOOTIES SET sz0-6mo (#130345743768)

Can't get better!!!! AAA+++

Buyer: idmechdesigner1

Nov-28-09 18:04

NEW Handmade knit Christmas ELF BOOTIES sz 0-6M (#130343956056)

Great hat!! Adorable!!! AAA+++

Buyer:

idmechdesigner1

Nov-28-09 18:04

NEW Handmade knit Christmas ELF HAT sz 0-6M (#130343941515)

Autumn Colors

Hand knit Baby girl sweater, hat and booties set

Baby boy's set

Baby boy's set
Baby boy's set

Little Sailor set

Little Sailor set
Little Sailor set

Pretty in Pink set

Pretty in Pink set
Pretty in Pink set

Baby Sweater with a CAT MOTIF, Hat and Booties set

Baby Sweater with a CAT MOTIF, Hat and Booties set
Baby Sweater with a CAT MOTIF, Hat and Booties set

Santa shoulder bag

Santa shoulder bag
Santa shoulder bag

Hat and mittens set

Hat and mittens set
Hat and mittens set

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This lens was Selected as Lens of the Day!!!

on June 1st, 2011!

Thank you everyone who help me to achieve this title by blessing, squidliking and ... simply visiting my lens! Without your help my lens wouldn't get that high!

Thanks.

And special thanks to KonaGirl, who found my lens, Blessed it, included in Top 10 Places for Beautiful Baby Clothes" and featured it in "My Squid Angel Wings" and nominated this lens on LOTD!

I would like to hear from you... Any suggestions and (or) comments? Do you know how to knit/crochet? Did you try to learn, and was your attempts successful or not? Please let me know...

What do you think about this lens

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      isabellaroy 4 years ago

      Beautiful handicraft work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful work :)

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your knit wear is beautiful. I really like the elf hat and the booties :)

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      You have done some beautiful work. Not just on the knitting, but on your lens. Congrats on your lens of the day. That is wonderful! ~Blessed by a Squid Angel ~ Best Wishes

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      Barbie Crafts 6 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed the knitting eye candy. It made me want to get my needles out again.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yes, I do both, but prefer crochet. Amazing lens! Beautiful stuff! Congrats on Lotd!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      Every piece is so cute - congratation!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fist, i love a "Never give up" cartoon.

      2nd, all pics are cute!

      and last, thanks for sharing.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I am so happy for you! When I read the email that you had been selected it brought tears to my eyes. I know how hard you have worked and you are so deserving.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, you knit beautifully , and a LOT... hope your never bored hands, never get sore :)

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      Everything is wonderful! The elf booties are really cute. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      One of the best promotional lenses I have seen! This is a wonderful presentation of your talent and how it has grown.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Love the lens. How talented you are. As a bear lover I really love the panda bear baby boy set. I start and stop knitting through the years. I only make scarves since I really don't spend much time but I do love knitting. Bear hugs, Frankster.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      You knitting is beautiful..love the pictures, and your story is heartwarming. Congratulations on receiving lens of the day.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      love the knitted hats! cheers

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What adorable knitted baby items you have. Your designs are darling! I tried knitting, but found it difficult as a left-handed crafter, so switched to crochet -- which I love. Delighted to meet a fellow lensmaster who also has an Etsy Shop. Congrats on LOTD and much success with your Etsy Shop.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very nice clothing! I love to knit (even though I don't have time now!).. My grandmother taught me how, and I have made so many baby clothes for my now grown kids.. (still have them, too!)... :) Congrats!

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Really beautiful designs, congratulations on LoTD!

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      I don't knit or crochet, but I admire the skill. This is a very good, and well presented lens. See you around the galaxy...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens..Congrats for LOTD..

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @modz: Oh my God, thanks for your congrats!

      I'm apologized for previous message... It's appeared only 10 minutes ago, that my lens won LOTD title... I can't believe my eyes, it DID HAPPEN, for real!!!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! Your knitted products are lovely.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Impressively done, congratulations on a very creative LOTD!

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      TKOSquidoo 6 years ago

      Great lens! I love the floating style pictures. . What module did you used for that?

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      this is a brilliant lens. Well done!! You are also very accomplished with your knitting. I too am a knitter and I love knitting baby clothes as well. Just wonderful. and congratulations on the purple star and LOTD, well deserved!! Blessed!

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Great way to save money and keep warm. Great article and can't wait for more articles.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your work is beautiful! :)

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @modz: Sorry, not LOTD...yet :) but thank you so much for visiting my lens and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @67Shelbygal: Thank you, but this lens was awarded a Purple Star, not LOTD... I wish it would deserve LOTD...

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      ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

      An excellent lens and I love your personal story along with your beautiful knitting.

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      beautiful items and much the same kind of story as my own, except once taught the basics I went on my own from books, etc. All the best to you and your wonderful garments, so fresh and fun!

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      67Shelbygal 6 years ago

      So cute. Very cool ideas. Great Lens and congrats on LOTD!

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      badmsm 6 years ago

      Hitting the start of my busy knitting season now! Thanks for the inspiration. Liked & Angel Blessed! :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What wonderful items. I'm passing this along to my friend who knits.

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      PracticalIdealist 6 years ago

      Wonderful items. I'm still trying to get my scarf made from single crochet stitches straight. Maybe it's time to go back to knitting:)

      Do you do adult clothing like sweaters? My kiddo is grown and baby items aren't my thing anymore.

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      hitu007 6 years ago

      very nice collection all item is my favorite .. love them and suggest my friend too to buy it.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      I have a sincere appreciation for handwork, and this is lovely.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I created a Top 10 List for my Squidoo Angel "Baby Clothes" neighborhood and guess what? Congratulations! You are featured as #1. Please visit Top 10 Places for Beautiful Baby Clothes to see your lens featured.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Makes me want to pick up my needles again!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Those busy hands of yours are very talented with the needles. This is a lovely lens and you make, without exception, beautiful knit baby clothes. I wish I had your talented hands. Leaving you with a Squid Angel blessing and added your link to My Squid Angel Wings

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful knit pieces because they are unique, my Mother use to do Knit & Crochet ... when I was a kid I had all kind of booties, sweaters, hats... and I loved them

      Well deserved purple star.

      Thanks

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      You've made some wonderful things - I particularly love the Halloween hat but everything is delightful.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great, absolutely wonderful. Congratulations.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Wow. What wonderful goodies and beautifully made. I love the hats for babies especially the bunny, the hat with flowers and of course the devil hat for Halloween. I learned to knit whenI was 16 from my boyfriend's (later husband) mother. I knitted for about 8 months, then not again for over 30 years. I now only make scarfs but I do love to knit. I find it zen-like. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      gorgeous! you have done amazing work here!

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @HealthfulMD: I didn't sell patterns before... Most of the patterns I created myself and I don't always write them down... I'll look to see if I can find it for you in my notebook.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @Holley Web: Thank you for your compliment! It encourages me to design and create even more!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Where is the daffodil pattern from your avatar? Do you sell this one on Etsy. Love Daffodils.

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Just a gorgeous collection you have created!

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      @GoodBug: Sadly, the shop isn't as successful as you say it is, despite my best wishes that it would be.

      I hope in the future it get better, especially because I was Blessed by Angel

      (Thanks, skiesgreen)!

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      @norma-holt: Hooray, I'm blessed! Thank you so much for your Blessing and for visiting my lens. I use acrylic and wool-acrylic blends from Europe mostly (I prefer that quality of yarn: the garment not only looks good, it is easy to take care of it and it can last long enough for children to grow out of it).

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      GoodBug 7 years ago

      Your knitted creations are absolutely beautiful. As someone who knows how to knit although I haven't for quite a time, I'm astounded at how you have knitted so many things.

      I'm sure your shop is going to hugely successful. All moms want lovely unique hand crafted clothing for the baby.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Beautiful creations and great story. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - craft.

      What type of yarn do you mostly use?

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      @oztoo lm: Thanks for your complements and for visiting my lens.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      A delightful story and your knitted items are fantastic.