6.22.2012

Being Eight

At eight years old, I was quite a tomboy. Or as my two older brothers would put it, quite a nuisance, since I was more keen on playing with their G.I.Joe action figures than with my Barbie dolls. So it must have been a bit of a surprise to my mom when I showed an interest in learning how to make stitches after watching her knitting a sweater for my little sister. After determining that I was serious, she sat me down with an extra ball of bright pink yarn and taught me the knit stitch. All that summer, when I wasn't tagging along after my brothers, I was knitting garter rows after garter rows. When I got to the end of the pink ball of yarn, I would rip out the stitches and start over again. I didn't know it then, but that was the beginning of my love of knitting.

Knitting the rows and rows of garter stitch in this Color Affection shawl has brought back memories of that long ago summer...


of being eight again...


sitting next to my mother...


making stitches...


Not planning on ripping these stitches out though ;)



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20 comments:

  1. Eep! It's stunning! Beautifully executed, as always. Hope you get some weather that will let you show it off soon!

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  2. I love it. I know what you mean about the garter stitch bringing back memories of those first attempts at knitting. I'm so glad I have come to love garter stitch again, it looks so much better now I know what I'm doing!

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  3. Great shawl. I know that I have to make a second one in different colours, maybe pink. The one I've done is wintery (grey and blue). Yours is all shiny and uplifting. But maybe I'm just in a bad mood.

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  4. Oh my, that is beyond purty!!

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  5. Lovely shawl! I like the commbination of colors.

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  6. The description of your Colour Affection process as it relates to learning from your mom made me a little teary! I love the shawl and the connections/reminders it brought you.

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  7. Sweet story! No, I absolutely wouldn't rip those out. It's gorgeous. I hope you're keeping it for yourself!

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  8. How lovely, these links to our female ancestors are so precious. The colours you have chosen are great, it really looks like a useful and beautiful item.

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  9. Love it, oh so much! Gorgeous colours and fabulous story to go with it.

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  10. Truly gorgeous, I'm in love with pink lately so I adore this project! By the way, what a cute idea to put some yarn in a jar. It looks so cute.

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  11. Oh woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- the shawl has turned out amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE it and I love you reminiscing about your childhood, reminds me of me :)

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  12. I'm in love! This is one of the most stunning ones I have seen recently.

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  13. It's lovely! The color combo turned out great! And, you got to relive some wonderful childhood memories. (And I was a tomboy, too, but picked up crochet at about the same time.)

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  14. My goodness, those colours play so well off of each other. What a great story, too!

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  15. Awww I really liked this post: a sweet memory ♥

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  16. Beautiful story. Beautiful shawl.

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  17. Good morning - I have taken the liberty to present you with an award :)
    http://kimsonksen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/good-day-sunshine.html

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  18. It's just lovely! And the best part is how it brings back memories for you. Wonderful!

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  19. Wow! How gorgeous! Such amazing colors.

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  20. stunning!!! and such good memories!

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