My Maw Maw’s Love for Knitting

15 Jul

I have my Maw Maw to thank for my love of knitting.   My Maw Maw is my maternal grandmother.  As a kid, I was mesmerized by her knitting skills.  Boy did the stitches just fly off her knitting needles.  I always wondered how she could knit so fast?  I would pull up one of her stackable cushioned stools she kept by the window, and sit at her feet, along with her black poodle, Gidget, and watch her knit.  She eventually taught me to cast on and knit.  Since that was all I could do, I eventually lost interest in my knitting and took to climbing trees with my cousins, but I still enjoyed watching her knit.  I don’t recall ever visiting my Maw Maw and not seeing her with some sort of knitting project.  She would knit every night while watching TV with my Paw Paw.   She made all of us grandchildren (nine of us) a sweater at one time or another.  She also knitted drink cozies, afghans, finger puppets, hand puppets and other stuffed toys.  Before she passed away in 1992, she knitted me an afghan, which I still use and cherish to this day.  She knitted mostly using acrylic yarn, as that was so popular in the 70’s and 80’s.   I plan to display some of her work in my craft room someday.  When she passed away, my mother (who is also a knitter) gave me some of my Maw Maw’s knitting needles.  At that time, I was knitting mostly scarves because of my limited skills.  About 7 or 8 years ago, I picked up knitting again and I’m now knitting alot more that just scarves.  I’m totally obsessed with knitting and like my Maw Maw, I don’t sit down at night without knitting on something.

I think of her often when I knit and I recall those precious times when I would sit as a child at her feet and watch her knit.  I tend to pick yellow yarn often without thinking.  But as I knit, I recall that yellow was her favorite color… and it makes me smile.  If she were here today, I know she’d love to visit some of the LYS.  In her day, you could only buy yarn at craft stores, such as Michael’s and Lee Ward’s. She’d be so surprised to see all the different yarns and patterns that are out nowadays.  She was amazing, not only as a knitter, but as a grandmother as well.  I miss her very much, and I’m so grateful that she passed on her love of knitting to me.


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