When I asked who passed knitting or crochet down to you did it bring back warm memories? Maybe you didn’t like the lesson at all. Is it possible that there are some out there who would love to learn but had nobody to pass it down to them? In these last few weeks in your spare time have you picked it back up again after not having time for a while?
Thank You Aunt Lill
It was my mom’s older sister, my aunt Lill (Lillian) who taught me to crochet. My mom was never very interested in learning the skill and to be honest she was somewhat uncoordinated and impatient. She was only twelve years old when her mother died so she just never learned to crochet from her mom. I used to look at the crochet pieces she had that her mother had made back in the 1940s thinking they were so beautiful. Never once did I give thought to being able to learn to do that myself. I thought it looked like something that would be super difficult to do. One summer I spent 2 weeks with my aunt Lill and uncle Ed. I still recall those times with them as being very special in many ways. My aunt Lill taught me to crochet. I asked her where she learned it and she told me that her mother, my grandmother had taught her. In some way it gave me a piece of my grandmother whom I had never known. I learned the basic stitches during those two weeks. When I left for home my aunt told me that with those stitches I had learned I would be able to follow any pattern well. Over the years I came to find out that she was right.
Thank You Nana Simpson
Only once did I get the chance to meet this amazing woman. Nana Simpson was the mother of my Aunt Sue. They were British and Nana was on her first trip to the states. She stayed with my grandmother while she was here and during that time I did an overnight stay. Nana would sit on the couch with her knitting. She gave me two needles and proceeded to show me how to cast on stitches. After I had the stitches on the needle she instructed me how to insert the empty needle, wrap the yarn then tuck it under and slide it off. It was the only knitting lesson I ever got so I haven’t become much of a knitter but I still think it’s something I’d love to learn more of some day. Those memories are still very clear in my mind more than forty years later.
Not Old Fashioned
I completely admit I love the old stuff. I love the fillet crochet that looked like lace with a scene or wording on it that used to drape over the back of a chair or sofa. I always thought (and still think) they are beautiful. I loved looking at the kitchen curtins with the floral and grape cluster designs and wall hangings with names, quotes or bible verses on them done in fillet crochet as well. You don’t see much of this type of crochet any more. There are a wide variety of beautifully creative modern styles these days though. From clothing to home decor to holiday favorites new and interesting patterns are always popping up. There is literally something for everyone out there these days. I was a foster parent for 12 years and during that time had several infants. I always created a blanket for each of the infants. I also worked up a variety of afgahans and pillows for the kiddos as well. In some small way I felt like I was honoring the memory of my Aunt Lill and Nana Simpson with each piece I created. As I worked the yarn those memories flooded my mind. It’s amazing how relaxing it can be working with just the needles and yarn. Sometimes it can really be a nice de-stresser. I’m not exactly sure just how all of that works, but I’ve met plenty of others who also say that they do find it relaxing as well. Some communities have knitting or crochet groups at the local library or YMCA. These are wonderful places to meet others with similar interests of varying age groups where you can share ideas, techniques, and patters with each other.
So What’s Your Story?
Do you have memories of learning how to knit or crochet like I do? Are you, like me thankful that someone took the time to sit down with you and teach you the skills of knitting or crochet? Do you have a favorite thing you like to make? Have you created any of your own patters? Would you like to help others learn these skills as well? Do you already participate in a bible study group where some of the members may be willing to try their hand at learning to knit or crochet? Are you connected to teenagers in some way who may be open to giving it a try? What’s keeping you from possibly making lifelong memories and many wonderful projects with them? Once you have these skills it’s like riding a bike. Even if you don’t pick it up for a while you can sit down with yarn and needles as you look over the pattern and it all comes right back to you.
Just Find Your Starting Point
No matter who passed knitting or crochet down to you now it’s your turn to pass it along to others. If you aren’t sure where to start just begin by asking those in your own family like my aunt did with me. You might also like to take a quick look at knittingbiblestudy.com I’m sure you will enjoy doing needle work as your relationships also become more knit together. When you join a knitting bible study you get to have two things in common right away with those who gather together in a relaxed setting. It’s your turn to honor the one who passed knitting or crochet down to you on to others. Find your starting point and step out to make memories sharing these versatile skills with others. They’ll be forever thankful.
Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, and they knit together in love, and in all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to know the mystery of God, even the Father, and of Christ: