Monday, February 02, 2009

Learning to Knit

A couple of weeks ago I went up to visit my mother. She's been trying to teach herself to knit, and it's been something that I've been wanting to do as well. I learned how to knit a long time ago from an older lady who lived in our community - Rula Crook. She was in her late ninety's and would tell us stories about the Indians when she grew up and seeing Santa Claus. She had us try seaweed, which didn't take a fancy with me. She also played the piano for us. She knew one song and could play it many different ways like a waltz, or the foxtrot. She had a charming little pink house, with a beautiful garden and a wonderful charming inside. I had forgotten about this whole experience until I remembered that I had learned how to knit once when I was in elementary school. It brought back those memories of going to her little pink house once a week with the other girls in my youth group and learning how to knit.

I decided to see if I could pick it back up, since I've been seeing too many cute sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, you name it. Plus I was wanting something relaxing like my embroidery to do at night, or in the car traveling that I could actually use for gifts. So I bought some new needles a basic book, and tried to teach myself all over again before I went home so my mom and I could help each other get going. So far I'm doing pretty good. It took me a bit to figure it out, and I've only started 2 differnt small sweaters for Caitlyn to instead be pulled off and undone by my children. (It was one of those times, where I have to make a VERY HARD concious effort, to not get royally upset about all that time, minutes and hours that are now totally undone and strung around the house.) So for the next project I chose something small - some little bootie/socks for Caitlyn and I actually got a set finished really fast, and am onto the second one. I'm hoping to embroider a little bit on it too. It's been satisfying and enjoyable and hopefully sometime I'll get hat sweater done for Caitlyn as well as me some socks. That's what I'm really wanting... some crazy socks!

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llaxton said...

You go girl~ I tried to learn to crochet (SP?) once and gave up and had my Grandma finish the afghan for me! :)

Rebekah said...

I wish I had listened to my mom when she tried to teach me how to knit and crochet. I'm now regretting it. I'm so glad for you to be relearning. I hope you make your crazy socks!