When I was a young girl, my Granny McDonald taught me how to knit. Now, when I say knit, I mean I knit squares. Nothing more than that, but I LOVED sitting with her in her small flat in Northern Ireland talking with her and knitting. She always made me feel so good about how fast I picked it up for a child and would show me off to anyone who came to visit.
My Granny was and INCREDIBLE knitter. She made us the most gorgeous irish Aran sweaters and I don't think she ever used a pattern. I am sooooo happy I still have every sweater she ever made me or the children. They will always be priceless to me.
Now when I look back at it, I wasn't good OR fast, but she certainly made me feel like I was. She NEVER became frustrated with me when I dropped stitches or couldn't cast on. My Granny made me LOVE knitting.
Now cut to 25 years later and one day I suddenly got the desire to knit again. I wanted to do something creative, but relaxing- something that I could watch TV while doing or bring with me when I went out.
The only problem was I completely forgot how to do it! And remember- I only ever knit squares with my Granny. So how was I going to do this?
Well, I headed to Barnes and Noble and after looking through MANY knitting books, I decided on this cute one.
It had SUCH cute hats and the directions looked like they were written for a true newbie. Guess what? I was right!!! It was PERFECT!
Between this book and a video or 2 on YouTube, I was knitting my guts out before you knew it!
I have made KK so many cute beanies and I always get such a kick out of seeing him in them. Here are some of my favs I've made him:
I think my favorite part of knitting though is every time I pick up my needles, I think of my Granny. I am so thankful that she had the patience to plant this seed in me. I think she's probably looking down on me with pride and showing me off to anyone who cares to listen.
I'm still not good OR fast, but I'm loving it and I'm loving the connection I feel to my past.
Here are some of the hats I've made for our new baby girl--
Understated as usual! lol