Topic – One great knitter.
Oh boy, this is tough. I admire a lot of knitters for a lot of different reasons. If I only get to choose one person right now I think I will have to pick my maternal grandmother. She is not the grandmother that taught me to knit, but she is an amazing craftswoman. She knits, crochets, sews, quilts, spins, makes natural dye, dyes yarn, weaves baskets, and about 10 more things I can’t name now. My grandma sticks to knitting small projects now, but she used to make sweaters, vests, blankets, mittens, hats, etc. Unfortunately I didn’t always appreciate the hand knit gifts as a child, but at least one of the sweaters that my sister and I wore as children has been passed down and worn by my niece.
When my uncle and cousin had sheep, my grandma would take the shearing and wash, card, dye (her own homemade dye), spin and then knit the wool into something useful. AMAZING!
I admire her for learning to spin in her 50s/60s when she retired. I made a special point of asking her to teach me to spin. I am no good and don’t practice, but when I retire I plan on taking up spinning and I can always say my grandma showed me how. When we were kids a trip to grandma’s house meant doing at least one craft. We would help her tie a quilt, make wreaths, or weave baskets. I remember all of the fun we had and realize now how special it was to do those things together. Basically, I think my grandma is one of the best ever.