Monday, December 28, 2009

knitting for a knitter's knitting

She's reluctant to admit it, but there's no denying it anymore. My mom has become a Knitter (with a capital K). She knit some impressive stuff a long time ago, but then she put the needles away for many years. I think it was that whole raising-two-kids-while-working-full-time-and-getting-bachelor's-and-master's-degrees thing. We all know how those piffly bothers can interrupt a good knitting session.

Before felting,
a big, lumpy leap of faith.

Anyhow, mom knit me a poncho (which I love and wear often) on the sly as a xmas gift a few years ago, but she still claimed she could take it or leave it, this little pointy stick hobby of mine.

But then she thought it would be fun to knit a dress for her coworker's toddler. And a little bunny and hat to go with the dress.

And then a sweater for herself.

And then she spent a day at Stitches East with us and the subsequent knitting went mobile. She was knitting on the deck of our beach house in South Carolina, knitting in the airport, knitting while waiting for a performance to start, bringing her knitting along to show to friends (who also knit), get the picture. :-)

When we were leaving her house one afternoon after a quick visit, I asked what she was doing for the evening, since it's a rare evening or weekend day when she doesn't have something planned. With a big smile, she said, "I'm knitting."

"Hey, it's as big as a sweater!
I could knit almost a whole sweater body in a week?!"

So, when we were thinking of Christmas gifts, Leah decided to knit her Grandma a knitting bag to replace the little tote bag she's been using. She chose the felted stained glass fan bag, a pattern she has had in her favorites for a long time. The only question she had about the pattern was a quickie about the three-needle bind-off at the top edge, but otherwise she knit it entirely on her own.

Noro felts beautifully! Leah defuzzified it afterwards by shaving with a safety razor. Leather handles taken from a purse we got at Goodwill for $4. Pile o' Noro and magnetic clasp bought at our LYS.

Given how my mom spent some quiet time on Christmas afternoon, we think this project is a winner in every way.
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Anonymous CTJen said...

I love how the bag came out! Kudos to Leah for an excellent FO. :-)

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Its gorgeous!

10:02 AM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

Beautiful job Leah. What a thoughtful gift for your grandma.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

So wish I could catch that bug :-(

4:00 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

OK. First thing I'm doing is putting this bag in my Ravelry queue. I'm off to check out and fav your talented daughters work.

PS. Great - funny post!!

7:11 PM  

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