I am the only knitter in my family..well the only spinner and crocheter too.
I learned how to crochet first in Ghana when I was twelve in the early 90s.
I used to attend the French School and in between classes, several friends used to crochet together and make doilies. I learned informally the different stitches and how to read crochet graphs.
When we moved to Kenya after four years in Ghana, I had a really hard time adjusting to high school, a new environment and just life in Nairobi.
The school offered after-school activities and I signed up for the "club de couture" ie "sewing club".
We did everything but sew :)
We did a lot of embroidery then learned how to knit. There was a yarn store where I pretty much spent all my money buying notions and yarn. Unfortunately I lost most of my stash when we moved to Senegal after a year in Nairobi.
So I've been knitting and crocheting on and off for more than 15 years.
I can't thank enough Madame Robineau for teaching me this craft. It has been a tremendous stress reliever, a creative outlet but most importantly what I do when I can't sleep, worry or feel helpless. This past year, I have been trying to define myself outside of work and prioritize creativity. As I think about knitting and crochet constantly, I thought why not blog about it?
Ilham means "Inspiration" in Swahili. I do need lots of inspiration to continue knitting and eventually start writing short stories again..