I had the pleasure last weekend to spend a little bit of time with my grandmother (Grams), the superstar knitting one who taught me. After a particularly delicious fish fry, we enjoyed ice cream at her house and, of course, spent most of the time talking about knitting. I thought I'd share a couple of her recent projects, because I think they're just fantastic. (Please, please forgive the atrocious quality of these photos! I'm kicking myself for not having a real camera with me!)
This is what Grams wore to the fish fry: a short-sleeved, green cardi with little cables at each edge. You can't really see in the photos, but she had used green, heart-shaped glass beads as buttons and they worked perfectly. I think this is such a great, wearable springtime knit and the fun details make it something special. And I love, love, love how she's styled it with with the scarf and brooch.
Here's a sweater Grams recently finished with a lightweight, wool/mohair (I think?) purple yarn. The entire sweater was knit in bamboo stitch, which created a fabric that was somehow cozy-looking and very light at the same time. Very cool. My favorite part is the ruffle. When she had finished the sweater, which was originally just a simple v-neck pullover, she thought it was missing something and could use a little oomph. So she adapted a scarf pattern she had just knit (ruffles cleverly made with short rows so as to avoid those bazillion-stitch rows!) to fit around the collar and fastened it with a long, sparkly pin. It completely changed the look of the sweater, and I think it's brilliant.
Lastly, here is Grams' current work-in-progress, a short-sleeved, lacy, ribbed pullover made with some Kauni I gave her for Christmas last year (being half Danish, she needed some yarn from the motherland). The majority of this sweater was made with just one ball! I just love how the color changes are showcased in the circular yoke.
We had so much fun and we may have almost convinced my mom to pick up the knitting needles again. I hope we can do it again soon!