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Me and my Grandma
Created By: Sam Josansen

When I was a girl of about 7 or 8, I saw my Grandma knitting one day and decided to watch her. I was facinated by how fast she could move the yarn back and forth across the needles but not make any mistakes. She saw me watching her knit, and wanted to know if i wanted to learn. How could I say no? She began to teach me that day (after she finished to row, of course). because i was left handed and she was right handed, she taught me facing opposite of her on the bench of her kitchen table. I was a quick study, and by the end of my visit, I was knitting. Having the short attention span of a little kid, I soon forgot how to knit once school started again and I didn't have time. However, my grandma prevailed and once I was about 12, I asked her to teach me to knit again. After a few months of only knowing how to knit, nothing else, I asked my mom to teach me how to cast off.

By that time, I had learned to cast on. Knitting books were taking up a growing percentage of my bookshelf, and i was trying to teach myself to purl when my family got a shock. Grandma was sick, very sick. She had bone cancer. Grandma was diagnosed in June, and had to spend a week or two in the hospital. Once she came home, she was still knitting and sewing; she hated to miss the quilt guild meetings. Three months later, she was in the hospital again. The ladies of her quilt guild made her a quilt to brighten the drab hospital walls, and my Aunt Lori also made her a quilt with the funky colors and chickens she is known for. My grandma had her 70th birthday in the hospital. In a stroke of genius (as we were not able to find balloons that had "70th Birthday" on them) we got her two balloons-one for a 30th birthday, and one for a 40th birthday (add them together). She was thrilled, but my entire family was still walking on eggshells. A few weeks later, she passed away.

I am still knitting and am eager to learn as much as I can about it. After I find a knitting shop to help me, or when my Aunt Lori and I can get together, I will be finishing projects that she left behind. My list of finished projects is growing, and I might attempt cabling soon. I now call Aunt Lori for help when I need it, or for explainations of abbreviations. Aunt Lori also taught me how to purl, Grandma got sick before she could teach me. Of three granddaughters, I am the only one who is an avid knitter, and my Aunt Lori is very pleased that there is someone to carry on knitting in my family.

Whenever I go anywhere, people are surprised to see me knitting (I am going to be 16 in 3 months), and have laughed when they see me helping my friend's mom wiht socks. I believe knitting has taught me to slow down and take like one stitch at a time, and that even if you drop a stitch, you can always go back and pick it up, and I ahve my Grandma to thank for that

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