Friday, December 6, 2013

A Long Line of Knitters!

A man who gives his children habits of industry
provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.
                                        Richard Whately


Hello; it is Friday and even though our good friend Nancy is on an extended  break we bloggers want to keep her Random 5 Friday going, thank you, Nancy you are brilliant, this is truly one that will stick around I have no doubt. Without further ado…. my Random 5.

1-   Knitting has transformed me, I think for the better, I am much calmer and as of late that has been a blessing. I was visiting my Auntie B the other day and knowing she is a very skilled knitter, I had nervously pulled my new scarf project out of a bag and handed it to her, she smiled and told me how proud of me she was and that meant the world to me. We sat with a nice cup of coffee and she told me a story about how she learned to knit. Apparently, my Grandmother (Nanny) taught my Auntie S and my Auntie B  how to knit at the kitchen table with the wooden skewers and string that was used to hold the meat together when you bought the Sunday pot roast from the butcher around the corner. I do not know about you but I think my Nanny was very clever. She had started a lifelong love of creativity with only what she had at the time, times were tough back then and you needed to be resourceful. I can imagine my Grandmother, my Great Grandmother and my two Aunts sitting around that table knitting, smiling and chatting while keeping calm and not worrying about the troubled outside world at that time. Oh what a wonderful image that is.


2-   I have been so busy lately that just getting to sit and knit is something I look forward too and once that sun sets and the day’s work is completed I rush to my chair and am transported to another world. My Auntie M pointed out to me that if you are knitting you are not sitting at the computer or eating because your hands are busy, she is very clever too. Auntie M is now knitting up a storm after recently teaching herself to knit compliments of YouTube, she was born after the wooden skewers and string era. I am so proud of her.We both agreed it was the perfect time for us to experiment and learn together. I love hearing what she has up her sleeve as far as creativity.


3-   I have finally graduated to another level in my knitting, oh yes I am no longer only capable of knitting scarves, lots of scarves which I  have to admit I mailed to non-knitters so they thought I was very talented and would not notice all those mistakes. Even though they were very creative scarves and I experimented with many different yarns I realized I needed a different challenge. Last night I sat down and tried to knit a hat after watching a YouTube video a few nights before and with only the memory of what I had seen and no pattern. As you can see I need a bit more practice as it was not even close to fitting my head but Mrs. Bear I do believe looks very spiffy and I think she likes it.


4-   My Hero sat staring at me last night as I attempted to figure out this whole toque (Canadian) thing, I asked what he was staring at. Apparently, I was so absorbed in thought I had my face all contorted into an unrecognizable state. I told him that was now my new happy face and he best get used to it. He laughed and I went back to work.


5-   I completed my so called anxiety scarf (if you remember that story if not you may read it here). It was the most challenging, frustrating, and yet fulfilling thing I have ever tackled and it is now sitting in a nicely wrapped box in the big city waiting to be opened Christmas morning by a very deserving fan of Dr. Who. It is in no way even close to perfect, it is full of flaws much like me but it is certainly made with love. I am showing the scarf here because I know he does not read this blog because honestly he is a busy young professional and why would he. It is no longer my anxiety scarf it is now known as my Imposter Dr. Who Scarf as it is not exactly as the pattern instructed. I do need a little work as far as reading patterns go but I will get there. If you are of the curious nature it is 13 feet 8 inches long with the tassels. I actually have an order for two more. I may need to find some more anxiety.


 Did I tell you I made a hat without a pattern and someone/something is actually wearing it, being a non-knitter herself she thinks it is wonderful, works for me. I may be learning how to pearl soon oh my, oh my, the possibilities are endless. I think Nanny would be proud, she was always so clever.


Later

41 comments:

  1. I do not know how to knit but my best friend absolutely adores it! :-) I liked reading your words because your sentiments about this craft echo hers. :-)

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  2. My sister is talking about taking up knitting. I may have to refer her to your blog :)

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  3. Your scarf is beautiful! I love how passionate you have become with your knitting.

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  4. I am so very Happy, happy, happy for you. The great FOs, the family stories of learning to knit...but most of all that contorted Happy Face!

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  5. I love the hat you made on the bear. My grandmother tried to teach me to knit but I ended up all tangled in the yarn. It is a true skill.

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  6. B,

    Beautiful work on your scarf and the bear hat. I just wish I was so talented. I'm learning to crochet and doing a terrible job, lol.

    It's going to be 6 degree's tonight, I feel like were living in Canada instead of Oklahoma.

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  7. The Ladies in your family would be very proud of you, Miss B. Your knitting is beautiful! The love you put into your work is even more gorgeous than the scarves themselves.

    When you combine your talent for story telling, writing and knitting you make wonderful blog posts to share with the world. You are the one and only Buttons and we love you!

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  8. I love to knit but rarely do. I will pick it up again in the dead of winter. I like your scarf very much and think you will conquer pearling in no time at all...and then...the skies the limit.

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  9. Your Nanny would be VERY proud of you, B. I love your passion for the knitting and creating, and your generous spirit in giving away what you create. You did a good job on that hat--Mrs. Bear looks so pleased. :-) I have crocheted two hats, and it was nerve-racking, trying to keep the count of stitches in my head. I love, love the anxiety scarf--it's so colorful and striking!

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  10. I love the little green hat for the teddy bear! And the Dr. Who scarf is so creative. I don't see any flaws anywhere; only a very determined, creative lady who wants to share her heart with the world.

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  11. I love your knitting projects! And, every bear needs a hat!

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  12. Buttons, you are an inspiration. I learned how to knit in school, believe it or not, that's how old I am. I've never done it since, but I am right now wearing the wool socks I knitted back when I was 12 or so.

    I really feel like I would like to knit something now. Those yarns are so beautiful and it is getting so cold here. Hugs, Inger

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  13. I love your knitting story and the hat on the bear is just perfect.
    I first learned to knit when I was about 5 or 6 down on the farm (I wish we'd never had to come to the big smoke) and I loved to knit over the years. I was never terribly clever but did knot lots of pretty lacy things for my first granddaughter and kept knitting as my grandchildren grew up.
    Unfortunately because my hand is so painful and distorted with osteo arthritis I can no longer knot and I do miss it so. I am now enjoying looking at your lovely work and enjoying it so much. I do still manage to crochet a little at a time and hope I can keep that up for at least a while longer. xx

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  14. That is one very long scarf, Buttons! I'm very impressed!

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  15. This is sweet-I couldn't live without knitting and have been doing so since my Mom knit my brownie square! I was left handed and didn't understand a thing our Brown Owl was saying, promise was I'd learn to knit, I was 8 and have never really stopped. Knitting is a working meditation, good for our souls :-). I love your scarf and that little toque is a-dor-able!

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  16. You are completely ready to purl :-D.

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  17. Your a Natural!!
    Everything looks great!
    I do agree that it can be very relaxing!!

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  18. The knitting is amazing; the hat fit for any Bear (or Human).

    Glad you get such deep enjoyment from it, and your experiments.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  19. Amazing!
    Knitting always seemed like a fantasy to me!
    :)

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  20. Oh, how I wish we lived closer, as I LOVE to knit. It calms my mind (except if I attempt a tricky pattern) and you get something useful out of it too. My mind is too scattered to allow me to be a perfect knitter, but I am perfect for me. I love your Anxiety/Dr. Who scarf - it rocks!!

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  21. I'm so glad you found your knitting peace, B! You are learning and growing by leaps and bounds! As I sit here bemoaning my lost trees from the ice storm, I almost wish I had figured out that whole knitting thing, or even my mom's crocheting.

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  22. i like the hat and your model for it. :)

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  23. Your projects are gorgeous - your happiness is priceless - and, your stories give the jest of us inner smiles and courage enough to try something new ourselves.

    Looks like you are gifting the world - one joyful adventure at a time.

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  24. Love the last scarf. The grey looks gorgeous with all the pops of colour.
    Lynne

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  25. I should just get over my fear of it and knit, just reading your post makes me long for the feeling of the yarn and the needles in my hands. I know just the bare basics and I know when I have knitted it gives such a calm feeling. I love your projects and each one is so pretty.
    Have a nice day.

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  26. Congrats!!!! That's a very lovely Imposter Dr. Who scarf!! And an adorable hat for Mrs. Bear. I have been meaning to learn to knit - I got a very small dishcloth made two years ago, but my stitches were so tight that my hands hurt, so I have decided to stick to crochet. I am looking forward to cozy evenings in the house with a ball of wool or cotton and my trusty crochet hooks.

    HUGS! I am glad you are back :)
    Mandi

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  27. nice hat!!

    i also got stuck in the scarf thing back when i was knitting. then i graduated to blankets, which is basically the same thing....then i finally made my way to hats and socks!!

    it's been years but i remember how much i enjoyed it!!

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  28. Mrs. Bear looks so cute! I love how you come from a long line of knitters. I wish I had the patience for it.

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  29. I am amazed at your progress with knitting! You are really doing well!

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  30. I have often thought I would like to learn to knit, but then I start a new novel and there you go. I am also addicted to Random Five Friday. Most fun post of my week! Have a great weekend!

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  31. My grandmother was an excellent knitter, my mom was an excellent knitter and I was so/so. All I could accomplish was scarves like yourself. I used to have a box of wool and yarn but gave it all away. I found purling very hard. Good luck with the new stitch and congrats on all that you made so far. I love the little hat you made for your teddy bear.

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  32. I remember your first attempts at knitting and now look at you, creating hats with no pattern! Good for you - and love your thoughts on this timeless craft. I do love your Dr. Who scarf - your young professional is going to love it, too. Your Nanny would be very impressed. xo Karen

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  33. Love the hat for the bear :)
    You are doing very well my friend, and I bet your mother is so proud of you as I am...Hugs my friend M xox

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  34. you are doing wonderfully! your aunts have every reason to be proud! your hat reminds me that many hospitals take donations of knitted hats for the newborns to wear home. yours seems about the perfect size! keep creating! xo

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  35. Well done! Learning family history, keeping the hands busy and away from those unneeded calories--triple win. I'm looking forward to seeing more creative toques.

    YouTube is a worthwhile tool when put to the right use. I've learned very valuable skills in watercolor painting from artists I will probably never meet face to face.

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  36. Beautiful knitting B! I just had my first learn to spin class and I'm excited to get rolling on that.

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  37. I think your knitting looks wonderful.. I am still plugging along trying to knit some socks. I might finish them by next Christmas. LOL..

    Hugs~

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  38. I think someone will absolutely adore that scarf and I am impressed with your hat making skills!

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  39. You have been busy!!! I need to get to the store to get more yarn so I will have something to do while I am at my Mom's.
    I found out that you get 14 days free when you join Ancestry.ca, and I was trying to get it all typed in before I had to start paying money, but it does not look like that is going to be possible. Mom and husband both say to just spend the money and go back to spending some time studying...
    The link to see Daughter and gelada is on my blog.

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  40. I knew I forgot something - From what I have seen of Dr. Who, he would welcome the imperfections...

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  41. So impressed. I crochet a little but knitting is beyond me. Would love you to knit a hat for my friend going through chemo. I will buy it from you and pay postage of course. Email me. If you have time. I know it is Christmas. Sandra

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