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Endless Stitches Reaching Over Time
Created By: Penrose Ingrid

When I was four years old, my great-grandmother gave me a bit of wool and two knitting needles and said: "You have been watching me long enough. Now it is your turn to learn how to knit." I had to sit next to her, so I could follow her directions and saw the movements of her hands and fingers.

I was so exited, I could hardly sit still. But here I was holding these knitting needles in my hands, just like grandma, whom I had watched so many times before when she was knitting away and the garment became longer and took on shape and beauty. I must been so intrigued by it that she felt I was ready to learn it myself.

So, I worked very hard, to be like grandma. However, my piece did not get any longer, even so I must have knitted at least several inches. I ask grandma what happened to my knitting and why was it not getting longer. My wise grandma watched me for a short time and than very lovingly she told me, "You must not forget the yarn. It has to go through the stitches on the needle and this way it will grow."

So, after some practice, I found the way how to knit. My first project was a cover for our wooden cloth hangers. They were not so hard and looked beautiful with the striped knit covers around it. I knitted many, many of those covers for gifts and for my whole family.

After some time I got tired of knitting the same thing. My grandma taught me to knit socks. Boy, I had my hands full with four needles. (At that time we used only four needles).

My first pair of socks turned out to be pretty good. So, from that moment on I knitted many pairs of socks. We knitted to that time socks for the prisoners that came back from Russia and Siberia after the second World War and for people that fled from East Germany.

When I was six years old, we had in school a mandatory subject handicrafts. All girls had to attend it. There I learned many different ways to knit, I must have done every pattern in every book.

My mother made me sit every day for at least an hour and knit so many rounds, or rows of some garment.

I than discovered that i liked lace knitting and Irish cable knitting the best.

Still today I knit lace doilies and shawls and Irish sweaters and yes even socks. However, my first love is the Shetland shawls. I have knitted many shawls for many people.

I have used many pattern and have created my own inventions.

It is so much fun to see these little symbols on a piece of paper turn into the most beautiful lace shawl, knitted in gossamer lace yarn, so light and so fine, it is sometimes so fine, that I am afraid to touch it. It might break. But it is sturdy, that knitted shawl, and some of the wool I have spun on my spinning wheel, just like the women on the Shetland Icelands.

I am glad that in this era still many women doing these kind of craft. It needs to be preserved.

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