Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Knitting History With Mommy

Best Quote I Heard All Day
“As I get older, I just prefer to knit. ” ― Tracey Ullman

These days, as I get older, knitting is my lifestyle.

Marilyn's Knitting History

Mommy taught me how to knit when I was 7 years old, due to my grabbing her knitting markers from her knitting bag. So she took me to Montclair's Myer's Five & Ten store, bought me a Red Heart ball that was variegated, tons of colors, and Boye's Needles #7.

Mommy cast on a bunch of stitches for me and showed me how to create a knit stitch, teaching me how to knit via the English method. "I'll show you how to purl, sweetheart, when you make a knitted scarf," she informed me. I loved making the stitches, excited when I saw my favorite color, purple. Once my beginner scarf was completed, Mommy showed me how to make stockinette stitch by doing a knit row and then a purl row.

Stopped knitting until I was 18 and my first sweater was an Aran sweater that I made for my Uncle Pete. Didn't realize that I had to measure him, so the sleeves were too long. Once my babies, Jennifer and Corinne, were born, knitting became my love.

Mom's death last March still agonizes me because she was my knitting best friend. She and I shared our love of knitting and Mom often asked me to design sweaters for her, simple designs because she liked watching TV, primarily Yankees games, while she knit.

Ellie's Heart Scarf

Although I have designed the Aran pullover and a lace cardigan, I've created a lace stitch pattern that I entitled "Ellie's Heart."

Just started the Ellie's Heart Scarf that I'll put up on Fiberality Designs. 
Yes, I design my lace stitch patterns and have taught a couple of knitting friends how to do it. Creating a lace stitch pattern is done using the decreases with the yarnovers as the drawing items. SSK places the decreased stitches to the left, as Dec2 moves the decreased stitches to the right. The yarnover with the decrease is part of the drawing. And using a Central Double Decrease is a perfect central drawing line. 

Lace stitch pattern designing can be very geometric. Would love to teach this and may submit it to Vogue Knitting Live.

Fiberality Designs Yarn Pile

Got a ton of yarn that is gonna be used for Fiberality Designs stuff. Dumped it on my dining china cabinet. This was Mom's. I know she'd love seeing the yarn. Bought some at Twist Knitting & Spinning when I was there with Joe two weeks ago.
Busy, busy, busy! Will submit some designs to, Interweave Knits, Knitter's, and maybe Vogue Knitting. This yarn in the picture is going to be used for socks, lace scarves, and lace shawls. The picture doesn't show everything. Ton of shit!

So am going to the NJ 20th Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival next week, down at Hunterdon County Fairgrounds. My dear skank readers, if you're going, stop to see me! Love my blog readers.

Yeah, another blog post next week!

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