In an effort to get blogging re-started and to provide some writing that relates to knitting somehow, I’m taking part in “Knitting Crochet Blog Week”. Of course I’m doing it MY way: a week late. Anybody surprised? Everyday this week I’ll blog in response to a question NOT made up by me. A big thanks to eskimimiknits for starting this off!
So here’s the banner:
And here’s the first topic:
How and when did you begin knitting/crocheting? was it a skill passed down through generations of your family, or something you learned from Knitting For Dummies? What or who made you pick up the needles/hook for the first time? Was it the celebrity knitting ‘trend’ or your great aunt Hilda?
My grandmother taught me how to do both when I was 6 or 7. She knitted a great deal, as so many of her generation did, up there in chilly New England. I was always doing crafty things and I guess she must have noticed my interest and decided to teach me. She had what people call a “difficult personality” and was not reknowned for her patience by any stretch of the imagination (read the older posts with the tag “Riding With Mother” written by her daughter/my mother for more on that topic), so I’m thinking I must have caught on quickly. I really don’t remember too much about the whole process except that when learning to crochet, she got me this kit with yarn to make 2 berets: one a magenta purple and the other O.D. green (this was the mid-1970’s). We started on the green one, and it was horrible. The yarn was SO splitty and it was all single crochet…..even my VERY frugal grammy eventually agreed that I didn’t have to finish it.
As tough a person as she was, she made mittens for us most every year, and even made a couple of sweaters for my oldest child which I have kept. She passed away almost 12 years ago, but I think of her very often. Thank you so much, Grammy, for everything.