Thursday, March 24, 2011

Knitting Lessons


Not too many generations ago, "domestic skills" were passed down by the women of the family.  Everything had to be learned: sewing, knitting, cooking, you name it. 
If you needed a pair of mittens, you made them. A new dress? You sewed it. And not too long before that (in the big scheme of things), you wove the very fabric you needed to make the garment.

My mom hosted myself and my cousins for a knitting course. All of us had learned to knit at some time in our lives, so we just needed a refresher. Some of us needed more refreshing than others. I won't name any names.


So much fun. And soooooo many laughs! A little frustration here and there, but enough accomplishment to make it worth our while.


We need to experience more of this, the intergenerational give and take, teach and learn, laugh until you cry moments.


Well into our afternoon, my cousin looked at me. "You know who's getting a big kick out of this, don't you?" And I know, and remember, and miss, and love...those of whom she was speaking. Those who have gone on before us. 

Mom, Sister, Grandma, Aunt: We miss you! And we had a blast AND you would have loved it!



9 comments:

P. said...

Such a sweet post. It looks like you had a lot of fun!

P. said...

PS-Are you in that old photo?

SueWis said...

I'm sitting cross-legged on the right there. Looks like I'm about 4-5 years old. Mom is in back of me. My two cousins (that were at the knitting party) are sitting on the ground too, one is holding my brother. Their mom is at the left of the photo with our grandma in the middle, holding my sister.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Family ties are so special. How wonderful that you were able to have a refresher course with your cousins and Mom.

Pokey said...

What a great share this is, Sue! You've blessed my heart, yet again. I can so identify with the leaving a gift of creativity as a legacy to those who come behind us. My Momma, Granny, Grandmother and Larry's mom have done that for me, too.
:-}pokey

Kathy said...

Sue--What a wonderful tribute to our moms and grandma. Saturday was a hoot...even though I was the one who needed that extra guidance and patience. I so enjoyed asking your mom questions about my mom that I wish I had asked her decades ago. Thanks for hosting! Now if we could just find that recipe for grandma's cookies. Kathy

Chris said...

So happy you could all get together and remember the good old days. Its good for the soul!

Corinnea said...

It's very cool that you got together to learn. You made me miss my Mema!

Ivory Spring said...

This is the sweetest post I have read in a while, Sue! What a special time....

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