Knitting Hand Me Downs



I do love how our society just assumes that if you are old with grey hairs, then you must spend your days knitting blankets for babies and crocheting slippers for your other elderly friends. This is the case for my grandmother-inlaw, Ann, and her sister, Wanda.

Every so often, they are given piles of yarn, knitting books and other needlecraft accessories from kind-hearted young people who feel they are doing a great community service by providing such articles to Ann and Wanda. Well, neither of them knit or crochet. Wanda dabbled in crochet for a little bit, but much prefers to do needlepoint. And Ann? Well, her gift is with a rolling-pin and cookie sheet, not yarn and knitting needles.

However, Ann and Wanda are far too kind to turn down such thoughtfulness. So they graciously accept these gifts knowing full well that even the finest skein of mink and cashmere blend couldn’t  convince either of them to pick up needle or hook.

So, I end up being handed down these items, usually along with the same comment, “Now if you don’t need any of this stuff don’t take it. I don’t want you thinking you have to take home this junk.” (As of the day of this posting, I have yet to turn down any knitting ‘junk’ they have offered to me.)

Do you have any knitting ‘suppliers’ among your family? Anyone that knows you well enough to think of you every time they come across yarn?

My Knitting Weapons Of Mass Destruction


Well, here it is. My tools that help me through any knitting or crochet challenge that life brings my way. Allow me to walk you through the goodies.

Starting at the upper right corner is the sparkle bag that I permanently borrowed from my mother. I love it because it is the same color as my birthstone- aquamarine. I think she originally bought it at Taget in one of their $1 bins.

Below that is a grey crochet that I actually use to crochet! I know, shocking isn’t it. I have yet to figure out the whole picking up dropped stitches with it as I find that my own knitting needles work just fine for doing those sort of fixes.

Next to the crochet hook is a small yellow box of stitch markers. These stitch markers came with my “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting” set that Lion Brand put out. I rarely ever use these, but they are a nice reminder of just how far I’ve come as a knitter.

Below that are two stitch holders. My knitting would be doomed to failure without these. I use them to hold stitches, mark repeats, pin patterns to yarn, hold pieces together as they’re being seamed, clean the dirt under my nails, and many other things.

Then there is my trusty blue needle. My mom gave me this needle when I first learned to work with plastic canvas as a child. It has followed me ever since. This needle has tackled every type of yarn- from mohair to fun fur to bulky novelty. There is no yarn this needle can’t handle.

The writing pen you see is the one  I stole from the Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. It was pretty. No one was looking. So I took it. End of story. (Like they don’t have a million of them in some back room somewhere.)
The small pink handled scissors were my big ‘splurge’ when I took a sewing class in college. All the other students in the class had big expensive professional scissors. All I could afford was what most dressmakers refer to as ‘thread cutters’. Yet these scissors prove that size doesn’t matter. My scissors have made costumes for sixteen theatre productions and about a dozen quilt tops. And the whole time I’ve owned them, they’ve only been sharpened twice.

 Two random buttons that I honestly don’t know why they are there. But since I do not dare question the logic of the knitting gods, I’ll just let them be.
The pink measuring tape is actually supposed to be a novelty toy for kids. What kid goes around asking for measuring tape? Well, it was small and useful, so I adopted it into my knitting bag.
Hello Kitty came from a purse my hubby gave me for Valentine’s Day. There are actually two of them in my bag and they help give me a little giggle every time I reach into my bag for something.
This handmade stitch marker is one of the many I just started making for my online Etsy store. It’s a nice sample to show people when they ask me what I sell on Etsy.
The two felt flowers have no reason for being in my bag other than some munchkin put them in there and I haven’t taken them out. Although they are very cute, they do have a real home, so alas, I must give them back at some point.
And the two small metal chains? They are what the Hello Kitty’s hung off of. I’m sure I can find a good use for them if they stay in my knitting bag long enough.
And finally, one of my most prized possessions next to my vintage knitting needles- is my ruler/knitting needle sizer from Sears. This was one of those great thrift store finds that I still can’t believe I was luck enough to find. I measure all my needles with this ruler and the handy two-inch stitch measure window really helps now that I finally learned to care about gauge.

So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. The elements that make my knitting come together. So, what items are in your knitting bag that you just couldn’t knit without?

A Super Gift

I am currently crocheting  a bad-ass gift for my hubby. I can’t tell you what it is just yet. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. However I will show you a picture of what it looks like so far. I’m sure there are some of you who will be able to guess. It’s a pattern I found on Ravelry.

I plan on giving to my hubby for Valentine’s day. I’ll let you know about it and post a complete picture after the Valentine’s day.