When I was about 10 or 11 the girls in our Church group were taught how to do a little knitting project and some crocheting. I mostly remember it as being confusing and what ever it was that we were supposed to make did not turn out the way the teachers did. My Mother did not have these skills and was not much help. I did not know anyone else who did these things. As a result I did not pursue these skills. My Mother did do some embroidery as did my sisters and my Aunt Inez. We were given pillow cases to embroider and as we successfully completed them Aunt Inez gave us quilt tops to embroider. Mine had Lilacs on it. Lots of Lilacs, I tried to do them all I really thought it was going to be a wonderful quilt some day. I still have that quilt top half done. Sometimes I can hear it calling to me. I just keep pushing it deep and away.
As I grew older, school and other activities took precedence over hand work. I had also learned to sew my own cloths. I loved Home Economics in Jr. High and High School. My Mother was an excellent cook and seamstress. She had always sewn beautiful dresses for us as we were growing up. Because I wanted to sew as well as my Mother I really worked at perfecting my skills. As I was about ready to graduate from Jr. High, one day during Home Economics the Principle Mr. Miles came into our room and called me to the front and presented me with an award. “The Outstanding Student in Home Economics”, an award sponsored by the company, Crisco. I guess my teacher must have nominated me for that award. I was very surprised and pleased. I had never won an award before. At that point in time I thought I would like to be a Home Economics teacher, I felt like that was one area that I could succeed in.
On to High School and other interests, I became interested in Drama and had one of the lead roles in the School Play, “George Washington Slept Here”. In the Spring we did “Oklahoma” I played Aunt Eller. That summer I was also in the Utah Shakespeare Festival. As Senior We did the musical “Brigadoon” I was in the chorus and acted as the assistant director. Then that Summer after Graduation I was once again in the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Knitting and Crocheting were very far from my mind.
Years went by I eventually ended up in Marysville, Washington, married with a baby and one on the way. My neighbor was a knitter and since I had convinced my self that I could not knit I decided to try crocheting again. One day in a Relief Society work meeting one of the sisters was demonstrating how to crochet. Suddenly it all made sense. I started doing simple projects. My neighbor was a wonderful knitter but I was afraid to try.
Life continued on it’s perilous path. My husband of three years was killed in an automobile accident and I moved back to Cedar City, Utah with my two young children. I continued to crochet and was pleased with the projects I was able to complete. Several years later I moved to Provo, Utah and there I met Theodore Bennion. We were married and three more children were added to our family.
Life was not smooth but hard and bumpy. I ended up divorcing Mr. Bennion and once again I was a single parent. My crocheting slowed down. I was busy trying to figure out how to work and be a parent. One day I was at my Mothers and she showed me a dish cloth that she really liked and wanted to know if I could make her some more. I told her I would try. I looked for crochet patterns that looked like the cloth with no success. One day I was in the yarn store and there was a sample of that same dish cloth. The sales lady told me that they taught children how to knit that cloth and I could do it also. She gave me a pattern and a quick lesson and sent me on my way.
That first project did not work out so well. I went back and she showed me what I had done wrong. Back to the drawing board. I got a booklet that had lots of different knitting patterns. I used it to try to learn different patterns. More dish cloths. My Sister showed me how to do cables. I was having a lot of fun trying different patterns and making dish cloths. Then I met Mr. James Hoag and we decided that it was time to get married. He encouraged me to continue. I took a class at the yarn shop on how to knit socks. The whole world opened up. I soon found my self carrying my knitting with me everywhere. Riding in the car, sitting in meetings, on breaks at work, waiting for a concert to start, watching TV in the evening. I had officially become a passionate knitter.
Today I am still knitting socks and have expanded into scarves, hats, gloves, some blankets and sweaters for grandkids even dog sweaters. I continue to test my abilities. I like trying new techniques and interesting designs.
I am happy to say that I Love to Knit.