Yes, you heard me - I made something! This was the start of my knitting journey. A dishcloth paw print knit with size 7 straight needles and big box, clearance bucket acrylic yarn. On a whim I bought a learn to knit kit from one of the big box stores - it came with a book, a pair of aluminum needles, and a bunch of accessories that I later learned were stitch markers, point protectors, a stitch holder and a row counter. With that small find in a sale bin, and my 50 cent ball of yarn I learned to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. And therefore I knit a thing!
And if I could make one thing, I could make another - so more inexpensive yarn, a ton of online searching for free patterns (I had not yet found Ravelry) and I made another thing. This thing was a rectangle that had two holes in it - and once folded and seamed it made a dog/goat/lamb coat. I was just getting into goat breeding, anxiously awaiting my first kids, and thought I found the perfect thing to do. Goat coats for my kids!
Once I determined that I was a "skilled" coat maker, every small dog in my circle of family and friends ended up with coats. Many, many coats. And the more I could find patterns for the more they goat. And while I was proud as could be, the poor dogs were suffering through the modeling process. All of this done with the same US7 size needles that came in the kit.
But then I saw a yarn while shopping that caught my eye and called to me. It was Vanna White yarn - which makes me laugh since she's really known for her ability to turn letters on a game show, not for the fiber arts. But I bought my first "expensive" ball of yarn - 2 of them in fact! If only I knew then what I do now about fiber . . . . well, that's a post for another day. But I spent weeks with this project, carrying it around everywhere knitting and purling and making a giant rectangle. I was so excited when I finished it that I posted not juts a picture on my Facebook page, but the number of stitches and the time investment. Funnier still as I quickly moved to giant lace shawls . . . . .
To this day that acrylic yarn scarf sits on my winter coat and gets worn. And even with my evolution through the craft, I still like the darn scarf.
I did eventually get my newborn goat - and she did indeed wear a sweater. By that time I had managed to make some hats as you'll note and I had a stack of sweaters waiting for this baby. As a single kid and the first on the farm she was the best dressed kid on the block!
I look back now at my humble beginnings and then at where I am today - just a few years later - and I know I found my place in the crafting spectrum. I do still make some rectangle projects, but they're usually more complex and refined.