The Beauty of my Grandmother teaching me to Knit, helped me through my Pregnancy!
I loved my Grandma, she was beautiful, and taught me so many wonderful things; in particular Knitting. I can never be grateful enough to my “Nanna Marge” for teaching me such a marvelous skill. I do not remember much about it – what I made or the real memories? I just remember that because of her I am an awesome Knitter.
When I became pregnant with my Son, the very moment I looked at that positive pregnancy test, I knew I had to do a lot of things, and one of them was not to drink alcohol for a very very long time. Keep in mind, I am Australian, and it is naturally ingrained in us from a young age to enjoy our alcohol. My husband’s family here in New York also drink wine with every dinner, and most lunches. It was going to be hard for me, I recognized that immediately, so how was I going to get through it?
It eventually dawned on me, or maybe it was my Nanna trying to reach out to me, that knitting was the answer. It was like a light bulb going off… like you see in the cartoons! I signed up at “The Yarn Tree” on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg Brooklyn, (sadly not there anymore), commencing weekly knitting classes to further my skills. During the 8 months I spent being pregnant I knitted my unborn Son all kinds of gorgeous fun jumpers, booties, hats and blankets. I was a Knitting Machine, oh yes I was!
Towards the end of my pregnancy my last project was more of a toddler blanket that would fit into his cot. I did not get to finish it though as Miles Storm was born a month early. However, today 20 months later, I am happy to say that I finally finished it and I am SO excited about that!!!!
The blanket is a vintage fan inspired design which I made from Alpaca yarn grown high in the mountains of Peru. I know it looks complicated but it is very simple to make, seriously!
Choose 3 different colours of yarn. Using a US 3 circular needle cast on 236 stitches.
Row 1 – Knit
Row 2 – Purl
Row 3 – K1, *(k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times, rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4 – Knit
Rep Rows 1-4, changing colour every 4 rows, until blanket measures 35 inches or desired length.
BO loosely and Weave in ends.