My mom is a Master Knitter, i.e. she has always knitted pretty scarves, sweaters, cardigans, and dresses. She made me several matching mother-and-child sweaters and cardigans, which we wore with pride and joy. As the kids outgrew theirs, I kept wearing mine, having fond memories.
She taught me how to knit when I was maybe 10. Now that I have children, I am motivated to pick this hobby back up, polish my skills, and make a few things for my children to inspire them.
The first thing I needed to do though was to learn knitting vocabulary in English. As all my stories of exploration start, I went to my local library… The librarian planted several knitting books in my hands. The pictures did the trick. Stockinette vs. garter stitch, purl vs. knit – got it! Those were the words I needed to learn to decipher American knitting patterns. Now I am in business.
I went to Jo-Ann’s and got a few needles, different sizes, and a beginner’s book. I figured I should start there and build from it. I have made a pillow cover, a change purse, and many, many socks, for different members of my family. Handmade things make wonderful Christmas gifts, by the way.
Of course, the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy speaks very highly of knitting and other handicrafts. My kids are fascinated with my knitting, as humble as it is. I tried teaching my son, but he gave up after trying a few stitches. We will persevere and try again when he shows an interest again When he gets older, things will make more sense to him.