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I first learned to knit when I was five. My mom...
Created By: Jan Groeneveld

I first learned to knit when I was five. My mom taught me in 1965. Over the years my father has had to learn to wear very skinny, short, holy, multicolored scarves,(which he wore with pride~says something about his character). My father is 81, my mother has since passed, and even I am a grandmother. When I was going through my mothers things after she died, I found the "scarves" safely tucked away in the "special" things to be kept. How silly I thought!! I also found a coat sweater that I made my mother in 1974 (this is when knitting was NOT popular with teenagers!). She had kept the coat again, in a safe place. My father made sure I took it home and of course all my kids (4) said in unison!! Why dont you make us coat sweaters!! It is funny, when my kids were little I made baby sweaters, as they got older there was the slippers, scarves, hats, mittens etc. My kids growing up knew we were very poor, they thought only "poor" people had to wear homemade scarves and hats!! now that my kids are grown and on their own, there are the constant requests for slippers, hats, scarves, mittens, etc. and even their friends ask for them because they are soooooooo nice! knitting has always been a passion for me, I love the ability to knitt for a few minutes and then if necessary (and with four kids in 6 years, its always necessary) go help someone with whatever crisis is coming along. Now I get to knit for my grandson (he is two) and when he see's grandma get out the needles, he sits by me and waits for the tiny slipper that he knows is coming. He will sit for hours waiting for the beloved slippers. I have been able to knit a baby girl sweater for my new granddaughter that isnt even here yet, she is coming in three weeks. I love knitting, and how it seems to "tie" a family together, even if the kids do not appreciate some of the things you knit them at the time, it is my belief that they will always come to a realization of how special they were that momma, or grandma took the time to make those special slippers, or hat or funny sweater with stripes for them. knitting is not just utilitarian, it is truly an act of love and who can resist a loving act. Another thing i used to do when I just needed to rest but felt like i should at least LOOK like I was doing something when the kids were little is I would make slippers by the dozens. Then, when I had a moment I would put a pair of slippers in a manila envelope and mail it off to another very tired momma with a few tea bags and a note to remember to rest and be good to herself. I get people even today that remember those little packages of love. Imagine, and I was just trying to rest myself, and putting my time to good use! an act of love is never wasted. keep on knitting!!! jan


 
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