Friday, March 26, 2010

Materfamilias

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!

26 comments:

barefootrooster said...

what a sweet post -- your grandmother's knitting is gorgeous!

Susan said...

What a phenomenal trip you had. Your Grams has wonderful skills and amazing eye.

Clumsy Knitter said...

That sounds like so much fun! Your grandma is super stylin'--I would wear those sweaters!

orata said...

your grandma is adorable! I love her green sweater especially. She must be so proud of you and your mad designin' skills :)

Sayschnicklefritz said...

Your Gram must have been so tickled and proud to model her handiwork for you. My grandma was a big tatter and while she wasn't at all boastful, she would get a little twinkle about her whenever I expressed interest in her doilies, dresser scarves, pillowcases, etc. She never thought it was special, but I knew different, and apparently so do you!

Julie said...

wow, amazing knitters run in the family!! She's quite the knitter, I love her current WIP.

hibou said...

She seems like such a classy lady, and I can see where your eye for quality knitting comes from! Did she put those sweaters on one after the other to model for you, photo shoot style? Wait, don't answer that. I'll cry.

Maya said...

Awesome -- she's amazing - I love that you did a FO photoshoot! She's quite the sport, huh?

She must be so proud of you!
Thea, not Maya.

Ballee said...

Love this post, you're blessed with her! And it must be superbe for her to have such a granddaughter like you! It's so nice to share your obsession(s) with other people but I think its VERY nice when its family!

passingdowncrazy said...

How fun for both of you. I finally got my mom knitting more. She's getting over being such a chicken.

Chantal B said...

It's touching... You have a wonderful grand-mother! Lucky you!

Nice post.

Kathleen said...

Grams is awesome! Makes me miss my knitting grandmother - I didn't discover how wonderful knitting was until after she was gone. Thanks for sharing your stylish grandmother with us.

Maryse said...

I loved your post! Your grandmother is a star! One thing about knitting, for me, is that it's a hobby that I can share with my mom. The only one. Too bad my father won't join in! Have a great weekend!

Laine de Bergère said...

So elegant! I see your Grams loves green too, hee! Her knitting is fabulous and I love your post about it. So sweet to think of sharing her work with us (I assume she doesn't blog about her knits). That fish fry sounds really yummy too. A. xx

bernie said...

I wish I had half her style. You are lucky to have her. She is a doll.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your Grams is my ideal classy lady. She looks terrific in her knits and really knows how to pull an outfit together. No surprise where you get your talents!

Maybe you could write up a pattern for that cute green cardi she's wearing. Hint hint.

Philigry said...

your gram is so cute, and the fish fry sounds so good!
I love that she taught you to knit. SHe must be so proud of you!

Ella said...

Grandmothers are the best. Love the knits! :D

CanarySanctuary said...

Once again, style runs in the family! What a great idea for a post.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

She is styling, isn't she! Do either of you ever knit things for each other?

a friend to knit with said...

okay. first of all, i love your grammy! SHE is SO cute! and i can tell SO sweet. not to mention stylish AND talented!!
i too love how she wore the broach and scarf with the green one.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet and special thing to have... a grandma, and one that knits and is obviously fun. And very lady like.

Joanna said...

Love this post, Hil. Thanks so much for making it :) She is pretty awesome, isn't she?

Knit 1 LA said...

What I love about the photos of your Grams besides the obvious are her shoes. Both my husband and I, professional photogs noticed them before anything else. Whether you included them intentionally or not for me they make this environmental portrait of her wonderful! Don't worry about the quality of your camera it's your eye that matters. I love these portraits and her great style! You're a lucky woman to have her!

Carol said...

I just ordered the pattern for Lilas - and the yarn. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for this design.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah - my Mom is 95 and she knits every day. Isn't that cool.