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Knit One Purl What?

When I was newly married, nearly 20-years ago, one day my husband came to me with a sock in his hand and a hopeful look on his face. The sock you see, had a hole in it. He gave it to me and like the good wife that I was, I smiled sweetly, gently took it from his hand and immediately tossed it into the trash.

Buy a new one. I said.

That pretty much sums up my abilities and attitude toward domestic craftiness. Crafty is not my forte. I keep a neat, clean house and even cook, occasionally. I love to celebrate, decorate (with pre-made, store bought items of course) and bake. BUT I do not darn.

I don’t sew. I don’t needle point. I don’t crotchet and I do not knit. That would require sitting patiently for an extended period of time. Not going to happen. I absolutely admire those who do, truly, I do, but -I– do not.

What astounds me, is that my eleven-year old daughter does! Knit that is. How can this be? It’s certainly not in the genes. And yet, it’s not just a passing phase either, like the finger-knitting was. That ended after about 100-feet of straight and narrow knitting (enough to wrap around a staircase banister about five times, like garland only it’s very thin, colorful and made of yarn) and about thirty finger-knitted neck warmers she and her friends made to sell at school. No, this is different. She’s using needles, has more than one set and even asked me to buy her a pair of bamboo ones. She’s completed a wrap, a scarf, a small blanket and has even knitted jewelry — a necklace and wrist band. She learned last fall and there’s no sign of her stopping; it’s a knitting-frenzy if you will. Dare I say, she’s got the knack-for-knitting. And she’s at it, every free minute she gets.

In the car, at school…

In the kitchen….

Even on the baseball field!

I’ve written before about her unique and trend setting abilities, how I want to be just like her when I grow up. How proud I am of her.

But this knitting thing kind of throws me for a loop. (Pun intended)

Truth be told, I couldn’t be happier.

Tell me, do your children have talents that surprise you?

  1. Nanna
    June 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hannah, you are awesome,great talent.


  2. June 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Yeah…. I happen to agree. 🙂


  3. singleworkingmomswm
    June 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hannah is so cute, Karen, and I love that she is into knitting! When I was her age, my grandma taught me how to crochet, and I, too, got pretty into it. I never was so good as to crochet much more than small blankets and pot holders, but it was really fun. Maycee surprises/amazes me most with her “no-fear” attitude towards trying things at school. She loves a lot of the same hobbies I do at this point, but she is also willing to do the sports and other activities offered in her after-care program and seems to enjoy them all. Tomorrow she is dancing in two acts for the talent show at her school, one of which is a dance troop put together by one of the after-care teachers-she even has a solo move! It just blows me away because at her age, I was a scaredy-cat and did not like being in the spotlight at all! Great post, great fun, and keep on knittin’, Hannah (if you do beanies, I’d love one!) 🙂 XXOO-SWM


  4. singleworkingmomswm
    June 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Oops, and did I mention I LOVE scarves, too…nope, I didn’t…so now I did! XOXO-SWM 🙂


  5. June 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

    You’re a woman after my own heart!


  6. June 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Thank you, lady!


  1. June 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

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