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Knitting
My Mum and I may have had a few issues when I was growing up
but she did do one good thing for me and that was to teach me how to knit.

Yes I realise that dates me
– but have you heard that knitting is making a come back, –
maybe not in the nana knits dept
‘cose we are already ‘with it’ lol
but in fancy yarns and way out patterns.

Mum had a passion for Fair Isle –
here’s me at 6yrs in a Fair Isle cardigan
Being post wartime most probably knitted
from all little bits she scavenged from friends and family

She also knitted this beret for little sister –
I’m beginning to think this liking for this style of knitting must be hereditary
because this is one style of knitting I really enjoy 
Fair Isle or stranded knitting is a technique that really gets the brain working
Apart from colour choices 
there is also the added interest of following a row chart

or reading a sometimes complicated written pattern
detailing which clolour is needed for which stitch and what order you need to use it

Sometimes I’ve used regular patterns with the X and O design
but lots of times have adapted or made up styles using motifs
usually on childrens clothing

If you are interested these links have loads of information
and free patterns

http://crafts.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Fair_Isle_Knitting_Patterns
http://www.craftshq.com.au/article/25129-Fair-Isle-Knitting.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Isle_(technique)

The blog below hasn’t been updated for a while
but also has information there I haven’t been able to find anywhere else

http://fairisleknitting.blogspot.com/

For as long as I can remember I have knitted.
Here I am at 14yrs having knitted the jumper/sweater I’m wearing
and my little brother’s one also

Living in England with cold winters and not too hot summers
and houses with no central heating
for most people wearing handknitted garments
especially if you could afford pure wool
was the easiest way to keep warm
,
After I married and for all of the 60s I never seemed to be far from my knitting needles
 Cardigans for my first-born
‘Say ah everyone’
 This little one turned 48 last January
but he’s still my first baby lol

 Fair Isle for most of the children – coats and hats and gloves when they were small –
and so it has gone on from there.
Slowed down when we arrived here in Australia,
then the, ‘oh Mum do I have to wear that’ started.
They preferred shop bought clothes and often they were cheaper
and they were getting bigger too lol

The needles lay quiet for a lot of years
then it was time to pass on some of my skills
to the next generation
Well – their Mums were too busy so it was up to me lol
I feel that passing those skills down is necessary
doesn’t matter if its cooking or sewing
painting and decorating or car maintenance
theres a possibility you will ignite that spark
that will develop into a flame
and those skills and the wishing to learn more will continue
Then it won’t just be remembered as something ‘Grandma or Grandad did’


Tastes changed – Grandchildren grow up
and the needles were put away again

Anyway, I’ve begun knitting again – this time to sell on charity stalls
I mentioned the other week the baby garments
I had been making during the summer
Most of them are finished now – thank goodness
When the creative juices are flowing I get carried away lol

Over the years I started collecting vintage knitting patterns
These garments are so very different to what we use for babies these days

Knitted singlets and pilchs
no disposable nappies/diapers or plastic pants in those days
(Although a lot of mothers these days are knitting similar pants
that I think they call soakers)
but look at the patterns they put onto day to day garments
most of them knitted in 2ply and on very small/thin needles

Dresses with pilch to match – in what looks like a mock cable

Dresses for round the house and for going out

But it wasthrough looking at the lacy shawls
that my interest in lace work began  
and of course my marathon effort over last year and this year
We are taking a trip to Canada later this year
And after being gifted an enormous amount of fine yarn in a Mohair/Nylon/ Acrylic mix
I decided to knit scarves to take as gifts 
Being lightweight I’d get away with them in my baggage
Supposedly in a simple lace pattern 
they seem to be taking forever to finish
and at times have caused a little bit of grief

Six down – only 2 more to go lol
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