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Homespun Projects, and a Question…
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Crocheted Scarf with refurbished pin

Something I made forever ago, including the refurbished pin.

My daughter decided she wanted to make scarves for her girls. Something handmade. Problem was, she didn’t know how to crochet or knit. I used to crochet way back in the dark ages, but I’ll be the first to admit I was never really any good at it. Didn’t matter. She wanted to learn, we had a space of time where we were alone (pre-holiday sale at her frame shop=tons of dead time), so we bought needles, yarn and settled in.

So after about 4 false starts (she made a crescent rather than a neat straight-across row; I had a section that was knotty or skinny at the end of each row), two customers took pity on us and gave us impromptu lessons. Yeah, we depend on the kindness of strangers—love ’em!

Now we are busily making our first scarves, and she’s much more inspired than I am, but it’s a chance for us to do something together, and now her two girls want to learn. Oy!

I feel very domesticated today. Like I’ve passed on homespun knowledge, inspiring another generation to make handmade things. The girls thought they only wanted to be beaders when they grew up, now they want to “make stuff.” I’ll be sure to post pics of our first efforts on Facebook and Pinterest.

So what about you?

What homespun craft/knowledge do you plan to pass on to the next generation?
Or is there a craft you’re dying to learn but haven’t had the time to begin?


11 comments to “Homespun Projects, and a Question…”

  1. Gail Siuba
    · November 25th, 2014 at 11:15 am · Link

    🙂 I’m smiling because I remember my Mom showing me how to knit, just the basic stitch. I had a friend show my crochet…not good with either one. I never made anything, sadly. On the other hand I can needlepoint and cross stitch, hook a rug and cook. So I consider myself ahead in the game. 😀
    I’ve considered taking up crochet again, but honestly that would cut into my reading time. My TBR pile is so big, (and I keep adding to it) that I may never see the end of it. 😉

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Karen
    · November 25th, 2014 at 12:54 pm · Link

    I love to crochet and knit; my mother taught me, but as I have no children and all my relatives live out of state, I’m content to make things for my friends. It’s a great way to let off creative steam! 🙂

  3. Tamye Davis Whitener
    · November 25th, 2014 at 1:20 pm · Link

    My mom taught me to sew at age eight. My grandmother and mom taught me to crochet, and someone taught me the basics of knitting. The rest I taught myself as I love learning new things. I in turned tried to teach my daughter to crochet. She easily learned to make a chain stitch in crochet, but had no desire to go beyond. So she kept crocheting her chain. Come Christmas we used it to decorate the tree. Now she’s a mom of a curious, beautiful toddler. Breeze’ doesn’t crochet, she asks me for her crocheted and knit items, but she does sew and scrapbook. She just made a dust ruffle and comforter for my granddaughters toddler bed. Breeze’ draws pictures for her homemade gifts. We both enjoy making crafts and decorations together.

  4. Pansy Petal
    · November 25th, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I have been knitting for about 55 years, (I had the best dressed Barbie in school!) crocheting only 45 (finally mastered it on CQ one night in the Army.) I have attempted to pass these time honored crafts on to my daughter, but alas, first there has to be real desire to learn the craft. She prefers the “mom will you” method. *sigh* Maybe someday. In the mean time, I have always wanted to learn to tat but have never been able to figure it out. My grandmother tried to teach me, but this craft just seems to elude my understanding. BTW – I also sew, quilt and embroider. I love all the needle crafts.

  5. Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn
    · November 25th, 2014 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I crochet, but would love to learn to quilt. I even have my mother’s room sized quilt frame, but alas, I don’t have enough knowledge to go about making up the quilt tops my grandmother left us.

  6. ilona
    · November 25th, 2014 at 3:28 pm · Link

    I’ve already passed on the art of knitting to two of my boys and the art of cross-stitch to my daughter. The eldest taught himself crochet even though I do it all the time as he lives too far away to learn from me now. My late husband taught our middle son the art of beading (he used to make some beautiful semi precious stones jewellery for me) and my youngest son dabbled at beading for a while too.

    I hope to be around long enough to teach some grand kids the art of ‘making stuff’ as I think it is important not to lose the knowledge of crafting.

  7. Pat Freely
    · November 25th, 2014 at 10:50 pm · Link

    I don’t know if it’s a craft, but I love teaching clowning. My mother was a dancer and my dad was in silent movies, so my craft is entertaining. My children live far from me so I haven’t passed that on to them.

  8. Ginger Robertson
    · November 26th, 2014 at 12:06 am · Link

    The closest I could get was to show my son how to do laundry, a little cooking and cleaning. My mom had Kyle interested in cross stitching when he was really young as he is now 24.

    My mom is teaching her granddaughters some simple cooking. It’s really interesting

  9. Mary Preston
    · November 26th, 2014 at 2:40 am · Link

    I love my craft work. I especially love to knit. My children have no interest. Alas!!

  10. Delilah
    · November 26th, 2014 at 7:30 am · Link

    Interesting answers, folks! Some of y’all have passed the torch to the next generation. Surprising with texting, video games, etc. to occupy young folks’ time. And such a wide variety of interests. Pat, clowning sounds like fun!

  11. Lisa J
    · November 26th, 2014 at 8:40 am · Link

    My nephews, niece, and the great nieces and nephews have no interest in learning how to knit and crochet from me, but they sure want the afghans, scarves, hats, etc. We’ll see as the “greats” get older if they decide they want to learn.

    I used to do ceramics, which I loved. Unfortunately, the place I went to shut down and I don’t have a kiln, so I don’t get to do it anymore. I miss it.

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