Hi, my name is Steve and I’m a knitter. No, this isn’t a 12 step program, or anything like that, as I’m not apologizing for being a knitter. As a matter of fact, I’d like to share my experience with you, and if you’ll let me, help you develop your skills as a knitter as well, and share in your experience of it! I’m not saying you’re a bad knitter, you may be much better than I am, but I’ve been doing this for 20+ years now and I know I can still improve and learn much more. And we live in a time when sharing information is as effortless as breathing on a clear day.
How did I become a knitter? Don’t worry, you’re not the first to ask. I love sweaters, always have. I also love knitting needles. I actually remember seeing a set in a yarn store window that I was immediately drawn to, even before I knew anything about knitting. They were exquisite, and made of whalebone, and a bit too expensive for me at the time. This was in my teens. If I had only known then what I know now!
Anyway, that’s a story for another day. Today’s story is about me getting involved in knitting. I was living in Toronto, Canada at the time, and working downtown in the financial district. I walked by a higher end men’s wear store and saw a gorgeous white sweater that I had to have. It had ultra suede accents in a very light grey contrast. I walked in the store fully planning on buying it. It was $500! At the time (even now) that was a bit pricey for a machine knit sweater. Had it been hand made, I would have thought a bit more about it, as that would have been a great deal. Anyway, I left the store dejected, thinking I’d never see the sweater again. I couldn’t get it out of my head for the next 2 days, so I went back to the store to buy it, planning on putting it on a lay-a-way plan. It was gone! 🙁 Apparently someone had purchased it the day before!
Now I could have gotten really upset but instead I just decided that I’d learn to knit so that I could make my own sweaters – possibly even the one I saw. That’s how I roll. I went out very shortly after that and bought the book Learn To Knit by Susan Bates. I’m nothing if not stubborn, and when I get an idea into my head, I’m like a dog with a bone. So over the next little while I taught myself to knit and knit myself a sweater (that also is a story in its own right).
Needless to say, my path to becoming a proficient knitter was a long and arduous one – and I’m still working on it. That’s a large part of the reason for this website. You see, there was no You Tube, or Vimeo back then, and even finding a knitting group was a difficult chore. My skills developed by trial and error, and from working in a LYS where I was fortunate enough to meet Kathleen, who took me under her wing and taught me a lot of what I know today. Now I help run a knit group, go to several others, and blog about my experiences in order to help someone else avoid the same route I had to take.
Along the way, I’ve discovered that there is so much more to knitting than meets the eye, that I’d like to experience as much of it as I can, and share those experiences. Well, the only way I can see that happening is by creating a knitting Variety show. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. With a lot of help from some friends, I’ve launched It Takes Balls To Knit – The Show! It is comprised of 3 segments. The only regular segment is Knit Skool, where we teach a technique or skill. After that, the other 2 segments are literally the A-Z of knitting. We’re covering everything on a global scale from Alpacas to Zauberballs! We have cool names for the segments like Sip ‘N Stitch, Reel Knits, All About Ewe, Around The World in 80 Stitches, A Stitch in Time, Bombs Away, Round and Round, Dyeing to Knit You, and many more! Plus, as we discover new things, we’re adding more. In between the segments are cool tips, clips, and contests. I’d really like it if you checked it out and showed your support for this cause by buying an episode. Who knows, you could even win something and I’m 100% certain you’ll find it entertaining and probably learn something new as well.
So in a nutshell, that’s what this website is all about and that’s who I am. You’ll get to know me better as you follow along with the posts and episodes of the show I put up on this site. You can follow me and the show on Facebook, Twitter, and all the regular social media sites. Please, please, please feel free to comment on anything and everything I put up so I know what you want me to cover on the site and in the show. Hopefully we’ll be able to help each other become better knitters – and people as well. Feel free to contact me through any of the media below …
Facebook: Steve Malcolm or mrhugzzz
Don’t worry, you’ll find out about mrhugzzz as you read more! And definitely when you meet me.
I look forward to knitting with you for many stitches to come!