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Making connections through knitting

Jul 18, 2014

Leave a comment after the blog to be entered to win a copy of the new issue of Knitting Traditions. Simply tell us about your favorite knitting tradition and you'll be entered in the contest. Good luck!

A note from Kathleen: Today I received my advance copy of the Fall 2014 edition of Knitting Traditions. This is one of my most loved publications. I so enjoy seeing "antique" patterns reinterpreted by modern knitters, and as a history buff, I adore reading about knitting history and making connections with knitters of the past.

    
Albumen photographic print on carte de visite showing a portrait of Sojourner Truth, sitting at the table knitting. Circa 1864. The cards were sold to raise money for the abolitionist movement. Gladstone Collection Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZC4-6165). Photography courtesy of the Library of Congress.
There's something so special about me knitting something in 2014, that was designed and knitted a century ago. I love being part of the chain of knitting through time.

In this issue of Knitting Traditions, my favorite article is about knitting in the Civil War. The photo at left is of Sojurner Truth knitting. I am so touched by this image; I read the article standing in my kitchen, immediately after opening the package containing the magazine.

Here's Knitting Traditions Editor Karen Brock to introduce you to the Fall issue.

    
Persian Slippers
Vlaardigan Hat

Exploring the Evolution of Knitting

I love the connections we make through knitting—across time, cultures, places, generations. For centuries, stitch patterns from one region of the world have landed in another far away, knitting techniques have passed from one continent to another, from one generation to another.

These knitting traditions have taught us and have enriched our lives; they also inspire and, often, require adaptations.

In PieceWork's ninth edition of Knitting Traditions, we explore the practical and creative evolution of knitting. Beginning with a visit to the Orkney Islands, we learn how gansey and lace stitch designs evolved there both through everyday life and because of its particular geography.

Then we sail to The Netherlands where, through the colorful lives of fisherfolk, ganseys and their stitch patterns developed into a rich Dutch tradition full of its own symbolism and history.

And there are other sorts of adaptions in this issue. You will discover how one knitter used a nineteenth-century embroidery pattern as inspiration for a stunning colorwork mitten design.

Another knitter translated a 1920s golf stocking pattern into a stylish, yet practical, liner for a pair of Wellington boots. And yet another knitter acquired an intriguing pair of slippers at a farmer's market that were knitted in Iran with handspun yarn. She reverse engineered a sweet pattern perfectly connecting cultural tradition with contemporary design.

Galina A. Khmeleva combined elements of Orenburg knitting with Scandinavian design to create the gorgeous shawl that graces our cover.

And of course, there are the human connections that run through all of these stories. Beverly Gordon writes in "Reaching Out: Knitting during the American Civil War" that knitting "served as a personal connection or link between those on the front and those at home."

We've also included a narrative about one woman's relationship to knitting and the steadying influence it had in her life—taught in part by her neighbor, Elizabeth Zimmermann.

    
Fritillary Mittens
In this issue, I hope that you'll discover your own knitting connections through the people and their land, the culture, the history, and best of all, the beautiful knitwear.

Get your issue of Knitting Traditions Fall 2014 today, and enjoy!

P.S. Leave a comment and share your connection to knitters of the past. We can't wait to hear your stories.

 


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nebuer32874 wrote
on Jul 27, 2014 9:34 PM

I love those persian slippers. I need something like this when babysitting my grandkids.

Lindannpro wrote
on Jul 26, 2014 7:23 PM

Watching my grandmother knit, crochet or tatt every evening in front of the tv til she was 92 yrs old, it was easy for me to do the same thing. Now I belong to two knitting groups and every morning early when the house is quiet I knit for an hour or two and catch up on movies on the dvr and enjoy my coffee.

lynnthomas wrote
on Jul 25, 2014 10:12 AM

I've been knitting since I was six, so 40 years now. My Aunties taught me, so every time I knit I feel connected to them, even though they are gone.

allmikatz wrote
on Jul 24, 2014 7:52 PM

l have an old knitting book from WWII with 'official' U.S. gov't approved patterns for servicemen of all branches. lt was when women knitted to clothe the troops. l have made quite a few items out of it, and it was quite a thrill to connect with those men & women of long ago through the patterns.

DebS@2 wrote
on Jul 24, 2014 12:59 PM

Love all the patterns!

NancyH@134 wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 10:46 AM

I knit because I can't help myself. I am amazed at all the ways two stitches can be used to make such pieces of beauty and useful things that usually outlive things made in a factory. I have some things my grandmother made me when I was a child. I remember the cabled mittens she made and how I hated them. They were bulky and I wanted gloves from the store. The last pair she made me were bright blue. I could not stand them and they sat in a box for years. I came across them long after she passed away and decided to wear them.  They became my favorites and when I lost one I kept the other. Now I have the pattern and made a pair for my mother. She cried. I feel loved whenever I use that pattern.

on Jul 23, 2014 9:24 AM

I would definitely like to try my hand at the Persian Slippers. I just know that my Aunt Jinny would LOVE them!

KirstenM@7 wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 9:17 AM

I love that knitting in itself is a tradition that I can continue and can carry forward by teaching my children. I also love that it is timeless as exemplified by this book--we can use inspiration from our fore-mothers as we knit for our loved ones now!

BarbaraR@80 wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 8:51 AM

Love the child's Vlaardigan hat!

kobonack wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 7:42 AM

Just finished a clan-specific aran for my father!  It's cool that he'll have the same cabled sweater as our family did hundreds of year ago.

JulieC@7 wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 4:22 AM

I learned to knit chemo caps as a child from my grandmother. As an adult, I developed two chronic illnesses which leaves me homebound a lot. I now knit those chemo caps a lot. It is a way to give back to the community, to give my life meaning, and to continue the tradition.

JulieC@7 wrote
on Jul 23, 2014 4:22 AM

I learned to knit chemo caps as a child from my grandmother. As an adult, I developed two chronic illnesses which leaves me homebound a lot. I now knit those chemo caps a lot. It is a way to give back to the community, to give my life meaning, and to continue the tradition.

BobbieH@3 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:50 PM

Genealogy showed me my knitting past, old county wool carders and professional knitters, which surprised me. My daughter started knitting about 8 years ago and then she taught her children to knit. I crocheted. 3 years ago I was invited to Sock Summit. I wanted to go but still did not knit so I picked I bi-craftal class and a making socks in a loom class, got the pre-class instructions and panicked. I had to know how to cast on, knit and purl in two months. My 9 year old granddaughter came to my rescue and taught her Bubbe how to knit. So I am technically a 3rd Generation knitter...a bit out of order.  :) I love the stories in Knitting Traditions and  the talent in each issue amazes me. Such creative genius'

on Jul 22, 2014 11:42 PM

I teach a knitting class at t.he local Y, and I am so impressed with the progress of my students.

on Jul 22, 2014 11:42 PM

I teach a knitting class at t.he local Y, and I am so impressed with the progress of my students.

dendia wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 3:35 PM

Hi

I remember sitting on my Grandmother's sofa with my feet dangling off, concentrating so hard to move those needles. I also was listening to her give  breastfeeding advice to a young Mother who was visiting with a new baby.

stellevoce wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 2:45 PM

Great giveaway! I got introduced to knitting when I was living in Iceland, and I since have a great fondness for scandinavian patterns.

jaellouise wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 2:41 PM

I learned the basics of knitting from my mother, but I love pieces of knitting and crocheting that I have from my great great grandmother! I love the historical facts about Sojourner since she was an important person where I live, here in Battle Creek, MI. I gave taught my daughters and so s to knit and crochet and hope they carry the tradition forward.

kstatro820 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 2:30 PM

I learned to knit from my grandmother and great aunt, I feel like they're with me whenever I have yarn in hand.

PianoJanet wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 1:55 PM

I learned to crochet from my aunts mother-in-law, so I think of her often as I crochet.  My first choice in needlework, though, is knitting.  I just love the rhythm, and try to spend time every day knitting.  Right now I am knitting pot holders and kitchen towels, but I have a lace shawl on hold until cooler weather.

jane@47 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:51 PM

I love fair isle and Icelandic styles.  Guernsey type sweaters is another big favorite. My mother taught me to knit when I was 8 - I'm MUCH older than that now and have passed the tradition on to my 8 year old granddaughter (it skipped a generation).

Lava Jane - thezenkitchen@hotmail.com

omother wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:47 PM

My grandmothers knit, crocheted, and tatted  beautiful and practical clothing and household items. They both died before they could teach me, so I learned through books and magazines. Some of their lovely work lives on some 50 years later. I now know how they felt when they created something wonderful. I live in the Midwest, so I get to make lots of warm and whimsical gifts. Hopefully, they will inspire the next generations to create.

punk_knitter wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:38 PM

I am a self-taught knitter, crocheter, seamstress, and weaver. My granny along with her mother, grandmother and great grandmother were avid crafters. My granny would have taught me these skills if we'd lived closer to each other. But they did give us a great conversation topic.

choperena wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:37 PM

Knitting with my grandmother as a child is the fondest memory I have of her.

srambach wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:34 PM

I love the tradition of knitting together with others.

KYfarmgirl wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:28 PM

My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 4 but I didn't learn to knit until my sweet MIL taught me as a newlywed. Both loved crafting and I've never not had a craft area or room.  

Annarch wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 12:01 PM

My mother crocheted rather than knitted but I believe that was the kick-starter for me to knit.  That, and having the good fortune to live next door to an avid knitter when we lived in England 30 years ago.  It does give me goose bumps to read some of the history in Knitting Traditions.

jtoney205 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:52 AM

I think my favorite knitting tradition is the passing of needles down from one person to the next.  I have some from my grandmother and great grandmother.  Alas, I don't have any girls, but maybe some of my boys will be knitter.  

JazzGypsy wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:41 AM

I learned to knit via books, magazines and the internet. My favorite tradition is simply one generation teaching the next. I am taking part in this by teaching my niece to knit and one day I'll continue the tradition with my own kids.

VictoriaS@10 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:25 AM

my favorite publication! our family has a creative history. I help others enhance their own by teaching knitting, spinning & tatting among other crafty media. I also enjoy reading and discussing history & learning techniques. sharing all these with my creative daughter is icing on the cake (:

EllieVoss wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:24 AM

Scandinavian motifs represents my knitting tradition.  My great-grandmother brought patterns over from Sweden and they have been in my family's knitting library ever since.  My mother made a sweater from one and I will one day, too--once I get the nerve to tackle the Swedish instructions!

MaryM@3 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:24 AM

Nordic traditional stranded knitting is my fave.

janetm52 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:24 AM

Great giveaway! I'd love to win!

pennyjeffrey wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:21 AM

All through my childhood my grandmother would knit slippers for all her grandchildren for Christmas. We got a new pair every year without fail. She had sadly passed by the time I had my children, and the memories of those slippers made me want to learn to knit. A lady in the community taught me to knit those slippers using one I had saved as a pattern. I knit a pair for my kids each Christmas for many years. They are "too old" for them now. Some day I will knit them for grandchildren, and my knitting connection to my dear grandmother will have come full circle.

mtripaldi9 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:10 AM

I love the history and rustic feel of cables. I married into a family of fishermen an lobstermen, so not only do they symbolize tradition and hard working people to me, they also symbolize family.

on Jul 22, 2014 11:10 AM

My knitting tradition is socks and mittens.  Most of my family & friends have been gifted with socks and mittens and if they haven't yet they will soon be.  I can't begin to count the socks and mittens I have knit through the years.  

on Jul 22, 2014 11:07 AM

I am the first knitter in my family so am starting my own traditions and hope to pass those on to my future daughter in laws and grand kids!

jbporter7 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 11:06 AM

I'm constantly amazed by the history behind knitting.  I've read and experienced so many people's opinions that knitting is a form of female oppression but I've found nothing but freedom when I let my needles go.  

I grew up watching my great grandmother and my mother knitting/crocheting beautiful, handmade pieces and thinking it must be magic.  Everytime I take my needles in my hands I am so connected to these women and all the other women (and men) who have created such magic through the ages.

I love knitting in public because I find so many others who have been captivated by the same spell as I.

bettydw wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:59 AM

I love knitting, and I am trying to think of which is my favorite tradition. I love stranded or color work I love to see the pattern emerge as I knit. I love lace work and to see the beautiful lace when it is blocked out (that is). I love cables and stitch pattern work as well. It is very hard to choose just one as a favorite. So I choose them all.

on Jul 22, 2014 10:53 AM

I love cabling, so fisherman sweaters and ganseys are a favorite. I love the look of fair isle, but I'm not as accomplished at the technique.

MSaunders wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:52 AM

Besides knitting I have done genealogy on my family.  I like the connection between the traditional Irish knitting and my family history.

bwickey wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:45 AM

Just started a knew tradition in my family: My cousin on the west coast quilts, but does not knit; I knit (on the east coast) but do not quilt.  I knitted her a large afghan (the Ygdrasil pattern) while she made me a quilt.  She's thrilled with the blanket, and my quilt is in the mail.  So we will each have something that we could not have made for ourselves, and that strengthens the family bond.

lthill wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:44 AM

My mother was an avid knitter and taught me the basics—knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off. I forgot all of these domestic skills for several years. Perhaps it was more like intentional ignoring than true forgetting, because it came flooding back to me when my eldest daughter, then 10 years old, suggested that, for Christmas gifts, she pick out some yarn for each family member that I would knit into scarves. That winter of 2011 saw my husband and three daughters lovingly wrapped in mistake-riddled, too-short mufflers. But a beloved hobby was born as well as an invaluable connection to my late mother. My only regret is not having picked up the needles years ago, when I could have asked her questions and apologized profusely for turning my nose up at so many lovingly hand-knitted sweaters.

Epilogue: Now, two of my daughters occasionally pick up the needles while the eldest continues the tradition of turning her nose up at anything she did not request and specify the materials. :)

on Jul 22, 2014 10:43 AM

Learning the history of Knitting just enhances my admiration and love of what I do!

dmbrabjrb wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:43 AM

The designs are exquisite!  Works of art.

coppertoptoo wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:40 AM

My grandmother was a knitter but unfortunately she passed away before I got to share me love of knitting with her. I do have of her hand written mitten patterns that I cherish. Every time I look at it, I feel close to her.

RMSKHood wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:37 AM

I can't wait to read this! Love the history!

winterschild wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:35 AM

My family didn't really have any crafting traditions so I have begun my own. I have taught both of my daughters to knit and crochet and I will teach anyone else in the family if they choose to learn. Also beginning this Christmas (hopefully) I plan to give hand knit slippers or mittens to each family member as the first of many annual knitted gifts.

nadams1959 wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:34 AM

They look awesome.. would love to win..

on Jul 22, 2014 10:33 AM

Beautiful patterns.  Can't wait to see this edition in person.

karlytay wrote
on Jul 22, 2014 10:32 AM

I love doing fair isle knitting. Watching the colorful patterns emerge is very fulfilling.  

SEWright wrote
on Jul 21, 2014 11:05 PM

I love learning about the traditions of knitting. This sounds really interesting.

MarshaS@12 wrote
on Jul 21, 2014 5:11 PM

I think my godmother taught me how to knit. I have been knitting since I was about 10

Years old.  Now I am teaching a class in knitting in a school for anyone over 50, called the Academy of Lerning In Retirement (ALIR), here in San Antonio, Texas.

TobieL wrote
on Jul 21, 2014 12:23 PM

I'd love to see the whole issue!

sfaddies wrote
on Jul 21, 2014 8:54 AM

Can"t wait to see Traditions I would love to win it though.

on Jul 20, 2014 10:46 PM

Can't wait to see the new one.  If I don't win I'm still going to buy it!

on Jul 20, 2014 6:53 PM

I Love to make slippers and give them away.

BetsieP wrote
on Jul 20, 2014 3:33 PM

My mom taught me too knit, and I am teaching my 6 year old granddaughter.  Love shawls, socks, and surrounding my loved ones with things I have made. And I can't seem to sit still without something in my hands. ..

LynnLaz wrote
on Jul 20, 2014 11:55 AM

I love doing Irish cables!

LL Howard wrote
on Jul 20, 2014 2:37 AM

I am the grandmother! I tried to teach all the kids that ended up in my house, be it a day, week, month, you get it.  I taught all needleworks and expressions in fabric, paints, paper, whatever. I had rooms of supplies. I had such fun. Yes, I am the grandmother, and I was taught by mine, including my great-grandmother. I guess you can say I had it all.

crmills wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 11:42 PM

I eat up all the historical data you provide in Knitting Traditions.

It's wonderful to feel a part of the knitting continuum.  I started

Knitting when I was about 6. My wonderful grandmother taught me.

I remember her telling me that I "had knitting in my hands" because

It came so easily to me. I think it is because there is a knitting collective

Consciousness!

NinaS wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 11:20 PM

I think my favorite knitting tradition is that the Shetland Isles.  I love Fair Isle knitting and Shetland lace and Shetland wool.

h king wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 6:42 PM

I just recently learned to knit so I don't really have a favorite knitting tradition yet, but I love to look at all of the different patterns and try to learn new techniques.

CatH@6 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 5:33 PM

I remember my mother giving me yarn and teaching me the basics at a very young age. I've loved fibers and knitting ever since. I've made it a tradition every year to knit  a new pumpkin hat for my grandkids (who all have Fall birthdays).

sbalstad wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 4:45 PM

My grandmother taught me to knit and now I have taught my daughter and niece to knit.  I love to see the love of knitting  continue thru the generations.

on Jul 19, 2014 4:31 PM

I was fortunate to have both my mother and close family friend who were keen knitters.  The daughters of the other family and are still keen knitters having spent many childhood hours working away at projects of our own devising.  Our wise mothers made sure that we had plenty of yarn, fabric, embroidery thread, frames etc.  I now gravitate to traditional forms of knitting because we can learn so much about the cultures from the handwork and these skills can be lost so easily.

LindaM@192 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 4:26 PM

Love knitting.  I learned from my aunt and my mother when I was in high school.  I have patterns and magazines I bought in my early years of knitting - about 45 years ago.  Sometimes I look through them and marvel at how much has changed, but also how many new patterns share similarities with those old patterns. I love shawls of any kind.

isagobi wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 3:56 PM

Looks wonderful. Love the items featured.

turtle606 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 3:01 PM

Love the Fritillary Mittens

CherylS@30 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 2:49 PM

There is a history of needlework in our family (embroidery and crochet), but I am the only knitter.  Hopefully I will be the start of a new family tradition.

emeania wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 2:38 PM

My grandmother passed away when I was young, but I still remember she was never without needles in her hands. After she passed, I couldn't find anyone who could teach me to knit. So, I bought a book and went online (before I discovered Knitting Daily) and taught myself to knit. My family has ties all over Europe, and I love learning the traditions of all the different regions we decend from. For me, it's a way to connect with my grandma, great-grandma, and so on. My children are beginning to express interest in learning  to knit, and I so look forward to passing on a tradition that was in danger of being lost in our family.

Ameda wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 1:27 PM

My knitted coverlet - image here: amedafeathercreektraders.files.wordpress.com/.../bedspreadedging.jpg - is designed from my memory of the one my grandmother made for me when I was in grade school.

My grandmother was also the one that put knitting needles in my hands before I was five years old.

My favorite knitting tradition is that it travels from one generation to another; tying lives together with a strand of love and communication that is longer than the ages, stronger than death, and colored by dreams.

dlrodgers27 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 1:14 PM

I taught myself to knit at age 8 using an entry from the children's encyclopedia, the Book of Knowledge!  I also taught myself crochet, embroidery and cross-stitch the same way.  I bought my supplies using my allowance money at the TG&Y dimestore a couple of blocks from my house.  I was very determined!  Later I learned tatting from my paternal grandmother, Baba.  I didn't keep up that skill, sadly, and am now relearning it.  I've started a tatting meetup group in my geographical area.  I taught my daughter to knit when she was 5 years old and by the time she was a teenager, she had far surpassed me in skill and creativity.  Now I learn from her!

annakaye wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 1:13 PM

I remember a club in Jr High for knitting  and the time I spent with my grannie helping me.

penny r wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 11:55 AM

I can scarcely remember who taught me to knit. Both my grandmothers were knitters as were my mother and Aunt. Grandma P who had been a lady's maid tended to do more tatting and doiley work and quite plain sweaters. Grandma R was very prolific, and would make a sweater for each son for Christmas (4 boys of around 6'3" with 48" chests) as well as things for grandchildren. By the time I was 7 I had knit a hat for my baby sister and by 11 was making clothes for my young brothers, often as Christmas presents. I've recently started investigating knitting history and will be giving my first lecture in a couple of week's time. Meanwhile I have been teaching children as young as 5 for the last 6 years and am currently working on an 8' wide knitted banner for a local festival.

Sewroute wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 10:05 AM

I remember knitting when I was very young socks and mittens for the spanish civil war.  That was a long time ago .   I am now 87 yrs. young and I still knit a great deal.  I won a first prize at knitting in a newspaper in England when I was 10yrs. old   It was a baby jacket , hat and bootees made in peach silk.    I remember how excited I was.

kat2nich wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 10:00 AM

My grandmother taught me to crochet and I later learned to knit in high school. I think learning to crochet first really helped me understand knitting.  I miss her, but think of Gma often when I make a beautiful item and pass it on.  

sueob123 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 9:46 AM

I can remember sitting next to my mum and learning to knit. So many times mum patiently untangled my masterpiece. This strong memory has remained with me for over 50 years. My mum died when I was 16, I am grateful for the tradition of knitting that mum passed onto me.

spindancer wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 8:54 AM

Frieda Rosen Siegel--aka Fancy Shmancy Knitting Maven aka the extraordinary knitter who bartered some of her creations for extra ration coupons, World War II, for otherwise unaffordable treats--my mother! She learned to knit when she was a bride. Her teachers were two escapees from the Nazi clamp-down in Germany-Irma Lowenstein and her mother, Mrs. Worms. The three of them taught me, then 5 years old, to knit. And knitting has saved my life--I've done it on guerneys waiting for surgery, in hosptial waiting rooms clicking away with the tick of the clock while docs worked on my children and as part of the recovery of learning to walk and talk again twenty-plus years ago, I started a knitting guild (Cactus Needles Knitting Guild.com, Phoenix, Arizona) My daughter knits. My granddaughter knits. And while my mother is long gone to knitter heaven where there's endless yarn, I still knit a few things every year on her needles and in her favorite color--chartreuse. I don't do fancy shmancy but I pray the sparkle of the knittin' life into each memorial piece.

lisagmc wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 7:23 AM

My grandmother died when I was a baby, but she (who couldn't read) and my aunt (who taught me to knit at 4) were amazing knitters.  They both knit for high end women's clothing store and make pieces of women's knit suits.  No patterns were given, each knitter received a piece of tissue paper in the shape and dimensions needed as well as yarn.   Needles were custom made on a machine at the local shipyard.  No knitter received all the suit pieces so they couldn't reproduce the whole suit, just their piece.  My mother gave me my grandmother's knitting harp - it is sterling silver and so intricate - my grandfather must have bought it used as it is much older than even my grandmother's time.  It is an actual harp shape with mermaids and knitters and so much detail, it is a tiny work of art....Now I am a designer and feel always the thread of knitting that runs through my family.

Lisa McFetridge  Lisagmc

Revanna414 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 6:05 AM

My grandmother, who taught me to knit, always made lovely things for each new baby. When my brother was born, grandma had knitted a lovely sweater vest for him. I will never forget my mother telling of trying desperately to stuff my somewhat oversized baby brother into that vest and get at least a couple buttons done up, as grandma was waiting downstairs in the car for her and my dad and the new baby to go home from the hospital!

I learned never to make a newborn size for any baby, or they never really get to wear it....

azemkay wrote
on Jul 18, 2014 9:38 PM

When my son was born in 1973, my neighbor, Mary Gradolph, made a beautifully simple white sweater trimmed in blue. She also gave me the pattern which claimed it was the pattern Princess Grace used to knit a sweater for her first baby (was her name Princess Caroline?). I still have that pattern in my collection and would be happy to share it if anyone is interested.

SandyAllen wrote
on Jul 18, 2014 7:54 PM

I had a German grandmother who was excellent at all fiber works.  I still have my Madam Alexander doll with her knitted sweaters and dresses made for me during the mid 1950's.  And a prized possession is a ripple knitted stole she made for my favorite aunt in 1944.

Laraine5 wrote
on Jul 18, 2014 5:26 PM

I had several older knitting brochures and booklets (around year 1946) and it amazes me how people always used such thin fibres and size 13 and 14 knitting needles.  I have learnt over the years to admire but not even try to do these patterns as I know I get bored and loose interest early in the piece. I understand 4 ply was the thickest yarn available back in the days of my grandmother - early 1900's - cheers from Laraine in NZ