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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Everything old is new

Here we are again, on my windowsill. I'm gonna need to find a more interesting way to show off my simple knits. This is the ever-growing split neck tee, which is mostly a sea of stockinette stitch from here on out. (Maybe I need to write a book called "Mindless Knits: Designs for people who like to zone out completely when they knit.") Anyway, the yarn is nice and smooth and flies off the needles. I'm thinking that I'll have to add a little waist shaping so that I don't look like I'm wearing a potato sack.


And I meant to show all of you these recent additions. Before my grandfather died last year, he was always giving me little things that belonged to my grandmother. Brooches. Spools of thread. Crochet hooks and candlesticks. A year or two back, he gave me this groovy knitting basket, which I was so, so excited about. But I never had room for it in my luggage, so it languished in my girlhood bedroom, holding my "at home" knitting supplies. (Anybody else keep supplies in a second location, you know, just in case?)



This trip home, though, I had my car and was able to spirit it back to Brooklyn. Doesn't it look at home here?

But I was even happier to find this -- the afghan that my grandmother crocheted for me when I was little. It was tucked away for safe keeping, zipped in a garment bag up in my parents' attic.


How had I forgotten about this? It matched my pink-and-white gingham bedroom perfectly, and I suppose when I outgrew that color scheme, I also thought I'd outgrown the afghan. She made a blue one for my brother, a green one to match our sofa, even a brown-and-gold one since those were our high school colors. I wish I could ask her where she bought the yarn, how long it took, how she chose the colors and patterns? But I'm happy enough just having this.

I hesitate to change gears to completely --- but in the world of creepy knitting news, I bring you this disturbing tidbit. Perhaps you heard about this law student who isn't, um, shy in front of the camera? Well, I'm told she didn't just prance around naked -- she was knitting nude, too! Ew.

28 Comments:

Blogger WandaWoman said...

That basket is very cute. Love it! Enjoy your trip.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Aw, I know exactly how you feel about your grandmother & wanting to ask her those things. Her basket is precious and looks perfect in your digs!

Can't wait to see more of the split neck tee!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I love your knitting basket, and its even more special because it is your grandmother's.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

I wish I had some things from my crafty grandmothers. So glad that you do... :)

That law student looks way older in the pic than 24, doesn't she?

11:21 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

Oh dear lord -- it appears I went to school with that girl. Doesn't she know about the Internet and how potential employers use it to do background checks on their potential employees?

8:04 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Your knitting basket is so retro chic and very at home in Brooklyn;)

Funny, the mindless stockinette projects (to wit: the body of the Green Gable) always get me into trouble as I zone out to the point that I am no longer careful and inevitable flub it up somehow!

8:05 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I'd buy your book - I'm totally into the mindless stockinette right now! And I love your afghan, my grandmother made them for all of us too.

Am also still giggling about naked law student. hee.

8:15 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Why is it that just before our grandparents pass away they start giving us their belongings. My grandma, who lived in Brooklyn did the samething. I still cherish and use this one particular spoon every single morning for my coffee. I won't let it out of my site or anyone else use it. She gave me other things too but this spoon is my everyday reminder of her.
I bet you have some great memories about that blanket. It looks in mint condition too. That's so nice you now have these in your apt. They look right at home.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

I'd write the follow up to your book: Half-Assed Knits: Designs for people who have better things to do than take gauge. It can be a series.

I'm going to steal that pretty pink afghan the next time I'm over. Just thought I'd give you a heads up. . .

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

That crocheted blanket is totally adorable. And so special. I don't know what happened to the one from my childhood -- when I'm sick, I really miss it.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love Grandma knits. Neither of my Grandmothers (who are amazingly still alive) were huge knitters, but they did their part. We have matching afghans (pink and orange, blue and grey, yellow and green and brown and tan for me, brother 1, brother 2 and the sofa respectively) and I still have mine. We all should be so lucky as to have our knits cherished 30 years from now. I'm sure your grandmother would be so happy to know you pulled the blanket out.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

My grandmother is a knitter, but she rarely gets to knit nowadays, because of advanced arthritis. As a kid, I never really appreciated all the time and effort she put into the afghans she made for her four granddaughters. Now, as a knitter, I really cherish that afghan. Isn't it nice to know that so much love went into every stitch of that afghan that was made especially for you?

10:41 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i love those baskets! my mom has a similar one.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

The little reminders of your grandmother are the perfect additions to your place! I love the basket and the blanket both :)

Are you free Thursday or Friday of this coming week during the day, by any chance? :) Email me if so!!

xo,
L

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Beautiful afghan! And the basket is fabtastic. Neither of my grandmothers were/are crafty, but my father's mom was an amazing baker and I keep some of her pans and utensils around for mojo. I bet that basket works the same way...

5:49 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

awww, i love your knitting basket, and it's so cool that it was your grandmother's. and i know exactly how you feel about the blanket - i have a similar pink and white crocheted blanket from my grandmother that got relegated to some closet at some point - and now i'm so glad i have it!

5:55 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Split tee is coming on nicely. And how wonderful that you could bring back your grandmother's things - both the basket and afghan are fabulous.

8:22 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I love those old knitting baskets. Both my mom and my grandmother had one but I don't know what happened to either one!

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Well - if you're going to write that book, I'll be the first one to buy it, that's for sure ;)
I'd so wish to have some crafty things from my grandmothers - but alas, they both weren't into crafting unfortunately. So glad that you inherited such lovely things from your Grandma - the basket looks absolutely awesome, and so does the afghan! These are definitely items to treasure for a long, long time!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

the basket is great! hand me downs from a grandmother who loved crafting as much as you are in the right hands now! in my family, i am the only one besides grandma who knits and loves to bake and stuff, so all her leftovers go to me by default and i love them. it makes me sad to think that if it weren't for me, they would be thrown out, and they were such a huge part of her life!
love how the color for split neck is turning out!

12:28 PM  
Blogger legally intoxicated said...

ooh, the nekkid law student is big news around here. cherished puns about losing her "briefs" and misuse of her "pocket part" (a dorky ref only lawyers would get)... so much for that prestigious uPenn undergrad degree, too. course, i couldn't look at any of the pics of her "knitting," as that would have booted me from my own firm job. ah, the trade-offs.

love the knits, tho!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

How lovely to have your grandmother's basket - and the afghan that she made for you. Such heirlooms.

On a whole other note:

Yipes - there is boring and then there is trashy! Too bad she doesn't know the difference.

1:48 PM  
Blogger mrspilkington said...

wow, the afghan is lovely! it's wonderful that you have those things.
um, naked knitter...yikes!

10:50 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

I love crafty legacy stuff! Your grandmother's knitting basket and the blanket are wonderful--cute, stylish, and full of memories.

I too tend toward the mindless stickinette knits. They're not the most interesting thing in the world, but I tend to get a lot of use out of them!

4:29 PM  
Blogger So Much Fun said...

I love the mindless knits idea, I would be certainly interested, so keep us posted!
Wouldn't that be bad for business for a lawyer to have that kind of history, and knitting naked, gross, I hope the recipients of her knitted goods don't know that, or, maybe they should!

6:12 PM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Great knitting basket - nice that you can finally use it everyday too! And I love that your mom saved the afghan...too many things like that are discarded these days.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Oh, how perfect that you have your grandmother's knitting basket! It is certainly lovely, as is the blanket she made for you. You are very lucky to have those. I'm glad your grandfather was able to pass those along to you.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the book idea! Sometimes I just wanna knit around and around....

2:23 PM  

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