Today a number of us are dedicating our blogs. My dedication is to my Mom, Margaret Ann Mahar McCreary. Mom passed away a few years ago and I miss her like crazy every day.
She was funny, smart, and a terrific mom. She could NOT sing, but she did it anyway because she loved to sing. She loved children and they swarmed to her like bees to honey. She was always willing to try new things so I was the one who taught her to knit! She liked to knit baby things and, in her later years, dish cloths. She was the one who really encouraged me to keep on knitting and was proud of everything that I knit for her and for others. I talked about the sweater that I knitted earlier this year and how Mom loved it and wore it often.
For her last five years, she lived in Florida and I didn’t see much of her, but she loved living there (but missed being near her grandkids) because she could swim every day.
I see a lot of Mom in me and it makes me proud. So thank you, Mom, for all that you did! I love you and will see you in Heaven!
I pretty much learned the knitting basics at Jimtown Junior High School in Elkhart, IN. But I had to learn all the finer techniques on my own. This was more than 40 years ago (Wow! I am old!) That was long before the Internet (i.e. Ravelry , Yahoogroups, YouTube, etc.); long before my town had a decent yarn shop; long before I knew there were others like me who loved to knit.
But there was Mary Maxim. I could purchase yarn and a pattern in a kit. So I knitted kit sweaters for my family.
I did not know about Intarsia or Fair Isle knitting so I learned through trial and error. I did not know anything about garment finishing, like blocking and seaming.
But no matter how my sweaters turned out, my parents loved them and wore them often. When Mom passed away, my Dad gave me back her sweater, as well as all the other things I had knitted for her.
So even though I am slightly ashamed of the imperfect sweaters, I am very proud that I could make something warm that my Mother loved.
Without much further ado, here is a photo of me wearing my Mom’s sweater.
Me in Mom