The lineage of using fiber in our family
It has been a joy watching my daughter developing her yarn and fabric crafts the way she has over the years. She started with tatting and lace making and went on to sew, crochet and knit; hence taking after my parents. My mother knitted garments and toys and my father learnt to tat fishing nets when he was little. As a child I learnt how to knit and sew and by 15 years old I was making my own clothes as a way of saving money. I was very fussy and didn’t like my mother’s casual approach to sewing as I liked things done perfectly. So it is no surprise when I made my garment to prove to my mother that it can be done properly that she said to me: “I see you can sew, you can carry on sewing for yourself.” And I was only too happy to do so.
I did try knitting but I found that my hands quickly became numb and it took the joy out of the process and often my mother would finish my projects for me. So I never took to knitting in the same way and was happy for my mother to knit our family jerseys from one season to the next. I viewed my mother’s garment knitting much like being on a production line. I didn’t see it as a form of art; only after she died did I begin to appreciate it as an art form. Now that I watch my daughter, Ellie, I can see the great artistic enjoyment and value that it brings to the artist’s life and in the end both giver and receiver are blessed.
I have been fascinated with the process of crochet as I never explored this avenue before. After watching Ellie I told her that I would like to try it but I was worried about my wrist giving me trouble again (I have had carpel tunnel syndrome in my right-hand wrist). After some thought and exploration she said that she thought it would be a better option than knitting as my right-hand wrist would stay stationary. I first tried my hand at cut-off mittens in the beginning of the year.
My new found hobby.
For my birthday Ellie asked me to choose some fiber which she purchased for me. It is called Blue Face Leicester Oatmeal combed wool top fibre 100g Forever Autumn from Crafty Cats Knittybits.
Ellie then hand spun it into beautiful skein of wool.
For anyone interested in fiber: it is fascinating to learn about the process and you can read about Ellie processing wool from beginning to end: Shetland Fleece Processing and Spinning.
My Project: Infinity Scarf.
It was 100gr which is enough for a small project and I decided to make a faux knit crochet infinity scarf using a free pattern from TAYLOR LYNN CROCHET. Here are some photos showing my progress from beginning to end.
And I am hooked, excuse the pun.
Some of you know that I live in South Africa and Ellie lives in Scotland so it is a very special way of bonding, physically and emotionally, using the thread to connect us. What I found really meaningful is that as I crocheted I was contemplating how Ellie had been spinning this wool especially for me. I could imagine her enjoyment of creating the yarn as she would have had to have chosen the mixing of the two coloured threads to make the 2 ply thread.
I also pondered over the fact that I now had the thread she had created for me in my hands and how I was fashioning it into a specific garment. The cycling of the fibre from hand to hand and person to person; it was a wonderful way to feel connected.
What relaxing hobbies do you enjoy?
How do you stay connected with family members that are too far to visit?
Take care, till next time.