Friday, January 29, 2010

Knitting

I have to tell you. . .
I NEVER thought I would be posting about knitting. BUT. . . you crafty gals have inspired me. Lucy Locket and Heckety and Ginny and Suzanne's mum and Lisa Boyer are all amazing knitters, and they make me think it would be fun. Not that I've never knitted before. It's just been a really long time. Like about 20 years, and then it was just a scarf. I made a mitten once, and then another mitten of a different size and color a year or so later. And half a sweater which my mom kindly finished for me.

So you see, I don't have the best track record when it comes to knitting.


But all that is about to change!

I ordered the above pictured pattern to make knitted snowmen - aren't they the cutest? How hard can a snowman be, I asked myself before I ordered it. Well, pretty hard to one who has never kfb in each stitch 12, but I'm determined to learn.

And speaking of knitting, do you want to hear another memory? This one is from the summer of 1963. We had been to visit our grandparents, some 350 miles away. We packed the things we would need for a week away from home, knowing there wasn't room in the car for ALL we would have liked to take. After a pleasant visit spent swimming in the lake and visiting with our grandparents, we made the long drive home. As we were pulling in the driveway, the neighbor across the street, a police officer, came over in uniform, to greet us.

He was sorry to have to tell us that our house had burned while we were gone. Not to the ground, but the inside was pretty well trashed. We spent the rest of the summer living first in a motel, then at a friends' house, and then in the shell of our house as it was being rebuilt.

My memory of that time centers around my mom and my aunt, who had come with her children to lend moral support. Those two dear ladies spent much of that visit sitting in aluminum lawn chairs in that shell of a house, knitting clothing for our troll dolls. Most of our playthings had been burned beyond recognition, so when Aunt Jan came, she brought us each a troll doll. Even my brother, because trolls were very cool back then, even for boys. I don't recall them using a pattern, they just picked up their yarn and needles, and pretty soon we had remarkable outfits for our trolls. And you know what? I still have them. I will post a picture one day, but today it is too cold to venture into the attic to find them.

9 comments:

The Gingerbread House said...

Ladydi, my heart sunk to the floor as you wrote of the fire..what a horrible time ...that went into a beautiful memory of love from family...
I'm glad your picking up your knitting needles:o)...I too have felt the bite this week, but I have to order some yarn as I don't have what I want to work with and no time to try spinning it up either...keep moving with it..Ginny

Daisy said...

Diana, those snowmen are so cute! I bet you will have fun making them. And what a wonderful memory you have of your mom and aunt making the troll doll clothes. Very sweet.

Lisa Boyer said...

Such a sad story about the fire...but YAY!!! You're going to knit!!! The snowmen are adorable. (Too cold to go into your own attic? Inside your own house? Really? Can't imagine...)
I had clothes for my pink-haired troll doll, too...and a little house with cardboard furniture in a briefcase. I had forgotten all about that until you stirred up that memory.

ladydi said...

Ginny, it was truly a blessing that we weren't there. It was an electrical fire that started in the bedroom my sister and I shared. I shudder to think of it happening while we slept.

I'm glad you like the snowmen, Daisy! Their accessories are adorable. I hope I can knit them. :0}. I remember you had a post about trolls some time ago, complete with photos.

Yes, Lisa, our attic isn't insulated, and the outside temp is about 10 degrees F. this morning, so the attic is probably below freezing. If we open the trap door to go up, it will make the rest of the house too cold. Knitting is a nice, cozy occupation on a day like this. Oh, yes, and baking cookies!

Suzanne said...

Diana I cant wait to see your snowman and mum will be happy to hear that you have taken up knitting too.

What a sad story about losing your home to fire, it must of been heartbreaking.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Oh Diana what a sad story about the fire - but how fabulous that your mum and aunt knitted you wonderful clothes for your Trolls! I am sure you will manage the snowmen just fine!

Lucy xxx

ladydi said...

Thanks, Suzanne and Lucy! I started one this weekend, and after relearning to knit with four needles I have made some progress.

Tine said...

The snowmen are adorable!! I love your story. So sweet.

Tine said...

The snowmen are adorable!! I love your story. So sweet.