Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Family knits

I was home in Elgin at the weekend and got to chatting with my mum about knitting and one thing led to another and doll's clothes, our baby clothes, knitting magazines etc. got pulled out of the attic. There is so much to blog about that this is post 1 of 2!

Above is a cardigan my dad knitted for me when I was born [pic of me in it below]. It's blue not because they were expecting/hoping for a boy, but because blue would look OK on a girl, but pink maybe not so much on a boy.

My mum helped by casting on and off, and seaming the sleeves, but other than that this is all my dad's work!

This was knitted by my great-granny for a doll - although there are pictures of me in it. A doll!! Look at the work in it - I could never give so much for little girl's doll, and I took a lot of photos of it - Fair Isle is next on my list, so I was entranced by this stunning cardigan.

Reverse photos ...

This pink shawl was knitted by my granny for my mum when she was a baby - it was cream then. My mum dyed it pink and it was passed down a generation to me when I was a baby. It was knitted in Brora wool [and I think the cardi above was too]

detailed shot ...

[There were many many more photos, however they didn't come out as well as I'd hoped.]

Finally a pic of me at the Osprey Centre at Abernethy where I saw a baby Osprey [sadly it has died since] and it's parents feeding it. So I got an Osprey cuddly toy from the boy [with real Osprey sounds when you press it's belly - I didn't whilst there - but the cat fairly got a shock when I let it screech in the house]

There was a point where one of the staff exclaimed that the dad was coming back to feed the chick with a big fish in his mouth, and the birdwatchers stampeded in a flock to all available binoculars and telescopes. I figured a similar event would happen were someone to shout that free silk laceweight was available outside during one of our Knit n' Stitch meets!


Midsummer night's knitter said...

No wonder you're such a great knitter- it's in your genes!
PS does your dad still knit?

Kathleen said...

Such heritage!
I don't know whether to be most impressed by your dad's efforts for his lovely babe, the fine gauge fair isle for a DOLL, or the resourcefully dyed blanket.
I think the fair isle gets it, but it's a close run thing. x K

Flavaknits said...

What beautiful knitted items, and that Fair Isle is to die for - no wonder you are learning so much from your Gran (her initials aren't EZ?)

Rosie said...

What heirlooms! You've been wrapped in love from the word go!

Linz said...

I love that you shared these heirlooms! They're beautiful!

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