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Spare Time Crafting Stories – Knitting

My mom was a knitter. She knit in her spare time – but she could knit in ‘unspare’ time too. By that, I mean she was a multitasker long before that term became popular. She could knit and watch TV. She could knit and enjoy the scenery on long road trips. She could knit and have conversations with friends. She probably could have knit and played bridge if Dad had built some sort of card holder for her.

green wool

My children are knitters too. Eldest daughter likes to knit in her spare time. Wander over to her blog, The Good Life List and you will see a photo of this lovely project when it was finished.

pink wool

Middle daughter likes to knit too. She takes her knitting on road trips (like her grandma). Last I heard she couldn’t multitask – she has to watch the progress of each and every stitch very carefully. If she doesn’t, she ‘drops stitches’ which is a knitters term that means a stitch got lost about 6 rows ago.

dog scarf

Youngest daughter knits, though I don’t think she has as much passion for that as she does for making lampwork glass beads (Beadlejuice Beads). The dog is a good model for knitted scarves, but not so good for glass bead necklaces and bracelets.

pantyhose craft
Me? If the love of knitting is passed down from generation to generation, it skipped mine. I don’t remember my mom even trying to teach me to knit. That task, which must have been an incredible challenge, was given to a no nonsense family friend, Norrie. Norrie tried to teach me European knitting and how to make Scottish Shortbread Cakes.

To Norrie’s and my credit, I did knit several sweaters. Bob, in the photo above, is wearing the first one I ever completed. I made it for The Car Guy while we were still dating. Bob has had the sweater on for just over an hour now, and that is the longest it has ever been worn. Enough said.

purple wool needles

knitting http://www.savagechickens.com/Over the years I did knit a few other things, but I can’t claim to enjoy it much. I like to buy wool, though. Sometimes I roll it into balls. Sometimes I even find a pattern and some needles. I might even think about knitting, but that is as far as I usually get!

Have you ever tried knitting? What do you like to do in your spare time?

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26 Comments

  1. This is a great read. You reminde me of my aunt who has knitted all her life barely looking at her work, and glancing at a new pattern from time to time. She has knitted for the world, dolls for african children, hats ect for Syrian children at the moment. She’s in her eighties now.

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  2. My mother taught me to knit and I still do occasionally … but the extent of my knitting prowess is to churn out squares. I have a large bag of them, but I have no inclination to do anything with them. They seem to simply be proof of my restlessness.

    Now I colour instead 🙂

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  3. Decades ago I taught myself to crochet, and then a few years later tried to teach myself to knit. But i just couldn’t get the knack of going from the one hook to two knitting needles…something about the tension or my left hand being lazy? I’ve tried several times since to learn, sometimes with knitters trying to teach me, but no success, So I’m a lost cause as a knitter.

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    • I’m a lost cause too, but I really should take a crochet project to work on when I’m surrounded by a group of family members who are all knitting!

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