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Rediscovering Knitting

We’re probably all familiar with the plastic needles and small balls of wool with a simple pattern to produce a scarf or something similar during our primary school years.

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One of my Mam’s festive treasures.

My experience with knitting was something more than that. My mother knit every  day. She would knit us cardigans, jumpers, toys. She even knit Aran Jumpers for a shop in town at one point. At Christmas time she would knit the most adorable Christmas decorations. These were often gifted to family members, after many hints about their delightfulness were heavily dropped.

 

I was okay at knitting, good but not great. I could have been better but I just didn’t have the patience for it really. Following my Mother’s death in 2001, I found a stunning cardigan she’d been knitting for my daughter who was just 1 at the time. There was only a little bit to be finished on it, so for her, I completed it. My daughter never wore it, it was too sad. I did hang it in my next two girls wardrobes when it would have fit them, an unworn gift from their Gran.

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There wasn’t much left to do, it had almost been completed. An unworn gift, made with an abundance of love.
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The detail in the pattern is just beautiful.

Fast forward to 2016 and needing something other than scrolling through social media in the evenings, I picked up the knitting needles again. I never bought any, these were my Mam’s. So far I’ve only made small things, but I’m more patient, I’m finding it quite relaxing and very rewarding.

It started with bunting for the fairy party my small girl had at the end of the Summer holidays.

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Fairy party bunting, cakes not essential but delicious!

That turned out okay I think and it sort of spurred me on to do something else. I knit a scarf for the small boy, I have to admit, he’s less than enthusiastic about it, but, he’ll be cold some day soon and be thrilled with it…no really, he will!

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The scarf did not ignite much excitement!

I’ve been knitting a few little festive things in the last couple of weeks. Some of them definitely need a lot of practice. I knit a star, it could very easily be mistaken for a star fish; but that’s not too bad I guess.

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Star or Starfish??
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Miniature jumpers…too cute!
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Work in progress-Festive Bunting

My next project is going to be a pumpkin for Halloween. I just need to get the wool and off I go.

Do you like to knit? Let me know in the comments and if you know of any good knitting websites/books I’d love to hear about them.

 

3 Comments

  1. My God Nicola, your mam must have been a fantastic knitter. That cardigan is gorgeous. Such a pity that your mam wasn’t able to finish it, but it is lovely that you did.
    Your festive bunting is brilliant! I am a useless knitter. I can manage crochet, but the simple bits. I must practice more in the winter though.

    1. Thank you Fionnuala, she was amazing. I have lots more well worn little cardigans that all the children wore but I could never bring myself to put that one on any of them.
      I never really enjoyed knitting myself until now, and it’s nice to have something for the winter evenings.

  2. […] I knit, a skill I learned from my Mother. I’m not as good as she was, though the last couple of years have seen me improve greatly.  My Mother though, she could knit with her eyes closed and produce the most beautiful items. She even knit Aran jumpers for a boutique in town when we were children. She was that talented. I wish I had the chance to tell her how much I was in awe of her talent but I don’t think I ever did. Anyway, she thought me and I can be nifty enough with a ball of wool and a pair of needles. […]

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