Saturday, 28 December 2013

Story From Gran!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Mine was nice and relaxing. Ate too much, was spoilt rotten and drank lots of wine. Can't really ask for more than that. Everyone loved their craft gifts. It actually led to my gran telling a funny story about her first knitting project. Although her mum was a knitter and knitted socks she learned to knit socks in primary school. When she was roughly 11. She was given this horrible yellow yarn to knit with. This seems to be the norm when schools had knitting on their curriculum. Many of the knitting group ladies talk of the horrible yellow yarn they had to knit with at school.

However, my gran was knitting socks with the yellow yarn. I don't think the colour bothered her so much but she found knitting sock boring. After the first one and starting the second she decided she couldn't be bothered and put it aside. Years later when she was married and had children she visited her mum. Her mum said that someone had come by and left a parcel for her. My gran opened it up and it was those unfinished yellow socks from all those years ago. Her old primary school was being demolished and the emptied it before they did this. Someone found her knitting which must have had her name and address on it. Lucky my great gran was living in the same house. She still didn't finish those socks.

As I had no gifts to knit I decided to knit something else for my sister over Christmas. She had admired the socks I had knitted for my gran and had mentioned that it would be a great pattern for fingerless gloves. She also mentioned that the last pair I made for her were now getting old. I took the hint and decided to adapt the easy lace pattern. It didn't take much adapting. All I did was follow the rounds of the pattern, added in some thumb holes, a few more repeats of the pattern and then cast off. They actually look really cosy and my sister is delighted with them.

I also got some crafty goodness for my Christmas thanks to my mum. The rainbow yarn I had bought from the lovely Lisa for my mum's birthday (she is a Christmas baby). My mum's eyes lit up as soon as she saw it. Then I opened the blue yarn from my mum. Poor Lisa had to be sneaky in handing one over to me and another over to my mum on the same night. I think in a past life she was some sort of ninja. Blues are my favourite colours and I can't wait to knit with it. Plus this will be socks for ME. There was also a cath kidston pin cushion and scissors in there but I didn't take a photo of those. Like I said I was spoilt rotten.

Hope Santa was good to you all too!


  1. Hiya, what a lovely blog , where have you been all my life lol, love your crochet and the colours you use, I may have to copy your idea of a cushion but instead of giving it to a gran , my mum can have it

    1. Hi Joan, Aww, you are too kind. I love your blog too. Your photography is fab (not to mention that lovely crochet blanket). The cushion is a great way to use up all those bits of yarn that are two pretty to get rid of but there is not enough to make anything with it. I have loads of wee squares all made up from left over sock yarn. I plan to make a blanket with them at some point. x