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Knitting Equals Love
Created By: C Carol

I learned basic knitting and crocheting as a young girl. Mother could do simple mittens and sweaters, but it was never a huge hobby with her. Knitting and crocheting fascinated me then. Still does now 40 years later. I have graduated from merely "a yarn basket". I have a huge yarn "stash" and I can't think of a time in my life there wasn't a project in the works, even if I'm a lot slower doing them now.

I had the best dressed teddy bears, dolls and Barbie! I'd use my allowance to buy the small skeins of yarn so I could have many colors available for my toy's new outfits and afghans for their beds.

One thing I do thank Mother for was teaching me how to use double point knitting needles and how to make sweaters, hats, and mittens in one piece with the circular needles/and or the double point needles. It never really occurred to me until fairly recently that a lot of people really do make individual flat pieces for sweaters and sew them together. So my "one piece" sweaters have always gotten me compliments, and many times asked "When are you making me one?"

Mittens, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, regular knit caps, reversabile knit caps, skiers type double thick ear muffs/ head bands, reversable mittens, slippers, double thickness slipper sox that eventually turned to double thick "critter" slipper sox (add knitted ears and other features, my husband's "Bull" slipper sox was awarded a blue ribbon at the county fair!), scarves, sweaters, and double layered or reversable sweater jackets with hoods, baby buntings with hoods. A lot of the things I created I designed just because I work with mainly size 7 or 8 needles and I know my guage.

When I started having children, as most young mom's, there just wasn't a lot of spare cash to buy store purchased knitted gear. Besides, at that time, I could make much better quality knits for just a couple dollars! Mittens and hats for mere pennies! My friend and I had children about the sames ages, so I'd make things for both of the older boys (hers and mine) and we kept that stuff and it was all passed down to her second son. Which was still in good shape after he outgrew it, and we kept the good things, some of which wasn't exactly "girl" attire when I had my daughter but she could still wear the old sweaters out to play in. Through all this I was still making new items, and my daughters things we saved for "just in case" my friend had a girl, too. Which she did! We "recycled" before it was the "in" thing to do!

I was living with my friend's family for awhile with my 3 children. So between us we had 6 youngsters losing hats and one mitten at least. By the time the older ones got into elementary school they discovered only 'dweebs' have a crocheted rope holding their mittens together through their coat I had to stop embarrassing them by doing that. My solution was to make 24 pairs of black mittens all the same size and 12 black knit hats. We had a mitten box and a hat box by the coat rack. The kid's hat or mitten's got wet they'd come in and trade for dry ones. And neither of us Mom's had to fuss at them for losing anything. I was forever making replacement hats and mittens for the lost ones, but there was never any cries "I can't go back outside to play in the snow because my things are wet!". Unless their snow suits were finally hopelessly soaked through.

I finally got back on my feet enough to get my own apartment, and still continued to make my children's stuff. They got into middle school age and were frankly getting a lot tired of wearing Mom's Homemade Designer Knits. It did not matter hooded sweatshirt jackets were in style and I could replicate them, double thick no less, with hidden pockets and a sewn in zipper as a sweater jacket. Nor did it matter when their friends would ask where they got the "cool coat". "My Mom made it." was a phrase my brood was learning to hate! Well, that didn't stop me from making certain they had warm quality gear, and I tried to get them inovled in picking out colors and creating knitted in designs on graph paper.

Now I'm the proud Grandma a 7! Mother's Day 2006 my youngest son then 23yrs old with a 4yr toddler sat down and wrote me a 3 page poem. One of his rememberances was his double thick green sweater jacket with hood, he picked the yarn. His words were "Mom, at the time I hated that jacket, and hated that you made me wear it. Now that I'm a dad, I understand why you made us a lot of our clothes because you could do it better than anything bought at the store. I wish I still had that jacket for Michael. If you didn't knit it [clothes] you could sew it. Whatever I needed, you could cook or make. I didn't appreciate those things then, I do now. I love you Mom."

This Winter 2006/2007 brought another surprise from my middle daughter now 27yrs old, and she was the biggest complainer of Mom's Designer Knits! Especially hats and mittens! My daughter called from Michigan out of the blue one day, we live in Florida. "Mama! I can't buy the boys decent warm hats and mittens up here! Besides they are expensive, but cheaply made. And Alex [he's 8yrs old] keeps losing one or both mittens. Would you make some of those big thick ones like you made us wear and those reverseable hats?" I could barely believe my ears heard this! I also couldn't resist picking on my daughter a bit. "Am I hearing you correctly, my baby girl? The person who yelled loudest about being made to wear my hats and mittens wants me to make them for Alex & JT?" hehehe

"YES! Mama, I'll even beg if you want me to!" "Not neccessary, my baby girl! Do you want the crocheted rope to string the mitts through their coat sleeves?" "OH, YES!! Please!"

I'm happy to report my eldest grandson, Alex thinks his reversible mittens and hat are really cool! Nobody else at school has these items. Baby brother, JT, kept "stealing" big brothers hat and mittens to wear aound the house. JT is 15 months old. I made Alex's first as he is going to grade school and is outside a lot more than JT. I finished JT's and sent them, I just got a set of photo's with JT preening showing off his hat and mittens.

My daughter is regreting not learning the yarn crafts from me, but as we all know not everyone has the "knack" or the patience to learn it. Getting through the "begining stage" with knitting especially is the hardest part. Getting the same number of stiches on every row even with the garter stitch seems like an impossible thing to do at first. But it is doable. Just takes patience and the attitude if I don't get it right this time I CAN do it better next time. Nothing is ever a total failure if it doesn't come out right the first time if you try again. Tear it out, try again. I'd dare to say even Rembrant had paintings he didn't like. Try, again.

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