My maternal grandmother crocheted and knitted; my paternal grandmother knitted; my mother knitted; I just never could get the hang of either method. Yarn was never my strong suit. Even darning socks eludes me.
Both of my grandmothers are gone and the only remembrances of them that I have are the knitted garments they made me. Most no longer fit but I can’t bear to part with them because I know the love and hours of effort that each piece took to make. That’s why, Town, when your mom gave me those scarves and the lovely shawl, I slunk away and cried my eyes out. A handmade gift is worth more than gold to me. After all, the hands that made it will never make that same thing in the exact same way ever again – how could anyone not love that someone devoted some of their limited time on Earth just for you?
Well, a few days ago, I saw a video on a great site called Handimania:
And the exciting thing was that IT LOOKED DO-ABLE….even for me! And then, the next day, there was a course offered at work as something different to do in the lunch hour. Kismet!
I hastened to the nearest yarn store and purchased two skeins.
The next day, I tried to start. My stitches were all kind of crooked. Blast. Unravel it I did.
The day after I tried again and somehow left a big, gaping hole in the middle. <sigh> Back to square one.
Somewhat disillusioned, I let the yarn stay home for a day and tried again on my day off. This time it worked! YAY!
Once the scarf was finished, I talked Betty out of retirement to model the scarf.
The scarf can be worn as a traditional scarf:
A big look this year is a knitted oversize backless sweater and the scarf gives the illusion of this without the wearer having to freeze because they didn’t wear a shirt. 🙂
Of course, most of us associate a scarf with warmth, so it can also be wrapped double around the wearer’s neck with either the loops or the stiches facing outwards – I think they are equally striking.
Town, there was a reason why I asked if your mom reads this blog: I want her to have this scarf. When I see you next, I will give it to you for her. ♥