Teaching me how to knit was the most beautiful gift my grandmother ever gave me. I think back over the decades that have passed, realizing the amount of patience that it must have taken for her to teach me how to knit, yet she never seemed the least bit frustrated.
Skills from Past Generations:
I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York, blessed to live within just a few miles of my grandparents’ Victorian house and farmhouse. At least once a week, my family would visit the respective homes that our parents grew up in and while there, my brothers, sister, and I acquired a broad range of skills… from milking cows to baking homemade pie.
It was my mother’s mother who was the first person to teach me to knit. We spent hours on Grandma’s front porch glider, winding balls of yarn, casting on stitches, redoing rows and then, finally, binding off my very first scarf.
Since those long ago days, I have lost track of the number of mittens, hats, and sweaters I have made. Yet, I have never forgotten those warm summer days, the rose-scent of my grandmother’s cloud white hair, and the feather-like brush of her skin. I remember her tilting her bifocals on the tip of her nose as she carefully made afghans for her children and grandchildren.
Even today, knitting is one of my very favorite hobbies. It is a skill that I have enjoyed passing along to my own daughter, as well as the daughters (and sons) of my friends. And, knitting has become all the more popular in recent years. Fashion magazines and blockbuster movies portray the joys one can experiences when they learn to knit.
Learning to Knit the Old Fashioned Way:
The beauty of knitting is that it never grows old. There are always new patterns and designs to incorporate into your repertoire. Learning to knit is a step by step process that can even be learned from a manual. It is the perfect carry along project, a wonderful pastime. I enjoy knitting when watching a movie in the evening with my husband, waiting in the doctor’s office, or while travelling. Knitting provides me with a wonderful way to connect with the past while remaining focused on the latest trends.
I learned to knit because my grandmother took the time to teach me a timeless skill. Having learned to knit, I can now pay it forward by sharing the art with future generations, in an unbroken chain of love!