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Knit Happens

I finished the knitted throw I started last week and am really pleased with it. Splitting the plies did make it more mini, and the Truboo yarn is extra soft and drapey. It totally met my expectations.

I made a sample of the yarn so you can see the difference. The top one is the original 8 ply and the finished throw is 4 ply.

I don’t knit as much as I used to, but my daughters picked up where I left off. In fact, when I asked my son-in-law for gift ideas for my younger daughter, he responded, “well, knit happens.” I knew he was telling me that anything yarn or knitting related would be appreciated. That comment could have come from either son-in-law. Both daughters always have an intricate knitting (or crocheting) project in the works. I’m often the beneficiary of some of their projects, like these two scarves and the pillow

Knit has happened in my family for generations, passed down from one mom to the next. But that is not all. My Scandinavian ancestors demonstrated the tradition of always doing something, which in our family translated to always making something. My daughters and grandchildren carry on the traditions as you have seen in previous posts.

Does knit happen at your house? Or do you prefer crochet?

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I’m a Californian living in Oregon. But home is where my miniatures are.

7 thoughts on “Knit Happens

  1. The blanket is so delicate and lovely! knit does not happen here, though crochet is something I have on my “must learn” list for one day. My mom was not at all crafty, and my grandma, who was a beautiful seamstress, lived 600 miles away. Since I was a crafty kid, I had to be my own resource. In junior high I made one of those looms with nails and produced so-so scarves for a few family members. It was fun and made me wish for a crafty influence in my life!

    I know you will find the most perfect gift for your daughter’s birthday, but the best gift you’ve given her is your creative intellect and encouragement in her interests!

    1. I’m so impressed with your self-motivated craftiness, and pleased that you chose that path. Craftiness is so much more than making pretty things, it gives skills that transfer to other areas in life and, yes, I’m thrilled that all of us Necessarys and descendants are passing on that gene. Fun fact, I’m not so great at crocheting.

  2. Why oh why did I not learn how to crochet or knit when I had the chance??……I can do a simple crochet double stitch but that hasn’t happened is so long, it is probably not correct. My Mom even showed me how to do granny squares, but I had no real interest. Your work looks soft and beautiful. I am pea green with envy! Congratulations on another nice article in American Miniaturist. I feel like I know a celebrity. 😉

    1. Thanks Carrie! Although I did a ton of knitting through my high school and later years, I never learned to crochet. I tried to remedy that and now have a pile of granny squares that would make about half an afghan. As for crocheting a rectangle, they always turn out to be triangles 😬. Your work is worthy of American Miniaturist. If you want to submit an article let me know.

  3. I do a lot of crocheting, mostly during the winter as I watch TV in the evenings. My sister-in-law taught me the basics years ago and once I caught on, I began making ripple afghans. Over the years, I’ve made dozens, giving them away to 5 grandchildren, friends, and colleagues at the university when I worked. I also make the little cloche hats embellished with big flowers long with mittens or fingerless gloves to match. I’ve always admired those who could knit. I think at one time, it was a great fad–the cool girls in high school will bring their knitting to school. I wasn’t one them. That you can make knitted sweaters and other beautiful things is great gift–talent–skill.

    1. I love the look of ripple afghans. I’ve tried small samples, but am confounded by turning and starting a new row. A friend has offered to fix this deficiency in my needlework expertise. We will do that tomorrow. I think I should have gone to your high school. I always felt that I wasn’t a cool girl because I stayed home and did crafty things like knitting. I can’t say I’m sorry about that choice.

      1. The end of the row is always difficult. I count every single stitch and finally learned how to make even, straight turns–the secret is the placement of the that last turn stitch at the end of the row. I’m sure your friend will teach you that trick. I’m about to begin a ripple for my daughter. I have to buy the yarn this week and I’m ready for snow, sleet, and wind.

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