Personal Post – Family History

Now I’m going to do something a wee bit different tonight. I’m posting a super personal post. o_O

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to put this into words.

This being my mysterious family history…

On the left hand are… all these things we missed out on. Traditions. Foods. Community. Rites. All these things that we should have celebrated as a family and rejoiced in and instead, we hid and buried like a shameful secret. So ingrained was this secrecy that my one remaining relative still won’t talk about it even now, 69 years after the end of WWII. My great grandmother is nearly forgotten in an unknown Jewish cemetery somewhere in Maryland.My grandmother even gave up her name, changing it to a more French variation just so my grandfather’s parents would be more accepting of her.

What about all the things we would have passed down through the generations? Yes, they’re just things but what happened to them? Where did they go? Are they packed away and forgotten somewhere? Or are they still in the Czech Republic with any remaining family members still being used and treasured? (My grandmother was Polish, but thanks to floating boundaries, where my family is from is now in the Czech Republic, as far as my cousin can tell)

And on the right hand, this same secret shaped who my family is today. We’ve forged new traditions and celebrations.

We watch The Waltons most evenings because it’s better than the new shit that’s on. On an episode shown a week or so ago, a Jewish family had moved in at the start of WWII. They were afraid of people finding out they were Jewish. Of what Hitler was doing in Europe following them to the States. Even though they came just before WWI, was this how my great grandparents felt?

Both my great grandmother and her mother were only children. Do we have any extended family? Were they all murdered in the war? My cousin thinks that she found a cousin, but will there be any answers? Can there be?

I have a Pandora bracelet. It has charms for my family and loved ones – an Autism puzzle piece for my nephew. Birthstone charms for Marvin and Lee. An RN charm for my mom.

And for my great grandparents and other relatives that we will never know – a Star of David.

A Nøstepinne – Who knew?

My child rules. No really. I saw a nøstepinne online and my son (he’s 15) told me he could make one – and so he did. It’s not fancy. It doesn’t have a fancy finish or shaping. In fact, if you’re so inclined as to have your mind in the gutter, it looks like something else entirely BUT. It works and works beautifully. I wound some homespun from my sister’s friend on it today to see.

And my child made it. How awesome is he? Very.

What am I up to? (Marion Foale Yarn US)

I may have mentioned once or twice in the past that I spend a day or two a week working at my LYS. She’s also the US Distributor for Marion Foale yarns (which I adore) and we’ve been working on a HUGE website update that went live today!

Clicky MarionFoaleYarn. There’s a newly added Pattern Download section with more patterns on the way. There’s new yarn added to the yarn page. The Retail page has been updated.

We’re so excited. The yarn is a dream to work with and the patterns are classy and gorgeous. I want to make them all! The yarn is also absolutely perfect for Sanquhar knitting. :)

So that’s what I’ve been up to! :)

Blog Hoppin’ Den Style

I was nominated by Windy Wonderings to participate in a blog hop about the creative process. I have to admit, it’s something I just DO and have never really thought about …

1. What am I working on?
I’m actually at a low point in projects on the needles. Often, I have 4 or 5 projects going at a time and right now? Amazingly, I don’t. The project I’m really focused on right now are my Sanquhar Gloves, which you may recall me talking about once or twice. :P I also have a pair of socks that are my traveling project and a feather and fan afghan I’m knitting for my toddler nephew.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Oh hm. I’m … Not sure? I think all knitting projects are each a bit different. My sister and I could knit the same project… And they’re both different. The BFF and I did a scarf together… and our pieces are each different. But could I put my finger on why? No. Just that personal touch.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Mostly, it relaxes me. In the case of my gloves, it’s the challenge. They’re something I haven’t done before and that appeals to me. Also appealing is that it’s not something that is done by many. I also love to make gifts for people and look for just the right project for someone – and then seeing their face at the reveal. I love to give!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
It’s never the same. Some days I’ll find a yarn that I just have to have and I’ll buy it then wait for the right pattern to speak to me. Sometimes I’ll see a pattern I just have to make and will zip off down the road to my LYS to get the yarn for it or just pick it out and pick it up later.

I’ve enjoyed being part of this hop, so I’d like to nominate the following blogs I enjoy reading to answer the same questions:
KaliTimes Growing Lunacy
Knitting Sarah

A Tangled Yarn Knitter

You should “hop” on over and check them out!

ETA:

I just want to say that I don’t normally do something like this BUT. I think it’s a pretty neat way to meet others and it can offer up topics that don’t normally come up in posts. :) I hope y’all enjoyed reading this as I did answering these questions! :)

Sanquhar Gloves – On to the fingers!

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Every time I come to a new section of the gloves, I get nervous. Because it’s new. It’s different. And I worry it’s going to be hard or tricky – then it isn’t. I have successfully conquered each new section as it’s come and I have no doubt I can conquer the fingers on my first pair of Sanquhar Gloves as well.

I’m getting so excited for these. I want more with different block patterns! I want to do a hat and scarf. And the best part? I’m certainly no longer afraid of colorwork projects. :P

It’s Finally Finished!

Oh wow. When did WP change the posting page? It hasn’t been that long since I’ve posted, has it? EEK. I like it. I think?

Back to the point. When I was small, my Memere would crochet all of us grandkids an afghan. Our houses were full of her afghans growing up. Nothing fancy, just single crochet Chevron afghans and we loved them.

My niece S is the most adorable thing ever at 5 years old. When she was born, I crocheted something for her that she quickly outgrew – and then last fall lost it. So last fall she called me in tears and through heavy sniffles, asked if I could make her a new one.

FINALLY it is done. It is in the washing machine now and will be mailed down to them on Wednesday morning. It’s just Red Heart yarn, which I am not normally a fan of, but it wears well in afghans.

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WIP: Sanquhar Gloves Update: Making Progress!

I’m so excited about these gloves. I’m making progress in leaps and bounds. Each time I encounter something new in the structure, I get nervous because it’s NEW. Once I get past it, I realize that there was nothing to be nervous over and keep right on trucking. There’s a couple of minor stitch errors but nothing that will effect the overall glove and besides, that’s what makes them mine, right?

A co-worker’s daughter is actually living in Scotland and she’s asked if I could make her a pair of these, which I don’t mind doing, but I have NO clue what to charge her. I’ll figure it out!

In the meantime, here’s the latest progress photo:

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WIP Update: What was I thinking? project or My Sanquhar Gloves

Just a couple of notes more for my future reference than anything else.

  1. I tried to keep track of where I was on the graph through various ways – a ruler, a magnifying ruler, etc. Neither really worked out too well. I ended up having to print the pattern from the magazine’s website and have to highlight every few stitches as I go on the hand (who knows? The fingers could be different)
  2. I’ve also put in stitch markers for either side of the thumb so I can keep better track of my increases for the thumb gusset.
  3. Each round takes roughly 15 minutes of me carefully counting and highlighting and knitting, but that’s ok. I’d rather work more slowly and have it be right. There’s a couple of errors, but they’re minor. I think. LOL

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FOS – Freya Frilly Cardi

 

What’s this? Two posts in one day? Why yes, you are correct!

I’ve just finished the Freya Frilly Cardi made in a modified size 8 for a little girl that’s very precious to me and is moving away tomorrow. Some mods – cast on more stitches, didn’t do the front lace panels or garter stitch. DO love how this turned out, even though I didn’t quite get the chance to block it.

Ravelry Link:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/freya—a-frilly-lacy-seamless-cardigan

Yarn is Rowan’s Baby Merino Silk DK in Opal

And now for something completely different: Promotions

I’m going to do something that I do not normally do, so please bear with me. :)

There is a fantastic yarn, knitting, and fibre arts store on the outskirts of Bangor/Glenburn. This is a great local shop with a variety of yarns in different fibers, colors and weights. This is especially relevant to your interests if you’re in Maine, New England or even Eastern Canada. :) The shop is Essentially Felt, the owner is a dear and the shop is so cozy and welcoming.

You can find the Google Account here, her Facebook Account Here and her Felting and Knitting Website is here. (If you know others that may appreciate this, I welcome you to repost.)

Thank you ever so much!