We interrupt this Blog . . .

in which I wanted to talk about my Gram to talk about my Gram (kinda)


I have to admit that I LOVE the internet group Ravelry – I mean love it!!  This is when I really miss my Gram, because she and I would have had such a great time with it.  She knit all of her life, but virtually all of my sweaters came from Mary Maxim kits.  We did not have access to good yarn stores and by the time we discovered them, the dementia was such that she could not knit anymore. 

That’s when we knew something was wrong.  Gram started giving all of her unfinished projects to my mom to finish and giving away her yarn.  Knitting was like breathing to Gram.  She was always working on something.  I have a collection of sweaters that she made me that I can never let go of.  When she stopped knitting, we got worried.


While cruising through my various Ravelry groups (there must be hundreds if not thousands!!) I discovered Barbara Brown’s Knitting Knee-Highs.  Now, I LOVE knee high socks.  Not so much knitting socks but if I am going to go through all the work of knitting socks, they should at least be the type I love.  I’m an old hippie.  I grew up wearing knee socks and that’s what socks are supposed to be.  Knee socks look cool with skirts and jumpers – anklets look dumb!  Knee socks hold up in boots – anklets bunch up in the middle of your foot.  And Barbara’s knee sock patterns are beautiful!!  And she has a group on Ravelry where you can talk with her about the patterns and get help.  She loves Daisies – and lives in Zone 2, which is cold!! – and I really like her!

But I am not a very good sock knitter – yet.  That is more my sister’s thing.  But I am inspired.  Here is the book.

However, in order to be able to do the patterns I also had to order this book – which I will probably have to read first. (grin)

Gram would have sat with me on the couch looking at every page and would have known how to do all of it.  She would have been very proud of whatever I made and been there to show me an easier way to do everything.  I miss her alot. 

So tonight I will finish the pectoral fins on Mary’s fish hat, seam the tail and weave in the loose threads – and then start learning how to master color knitting – and wish my Gram was here to look at it all with me.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to We interrupt this Blog . . .

  1. danielle says:

    I wish I was there to look at it all with you. I need to learn colorwork, too! I think I will let you learn it first so you can teach me and I won’t have to try to learn it from a book. How’s that sound?

  2. You and me kid!!! I also joined a group on Ravelry called Stranded which has a whole support group we can go to. They suggested we start with a hat, though I am loving the Twilight fingerless gloves in my Favorites – check them out and see if you want to do those with me.

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