Saturday, June 17, 2006

I have the best stepmother ever. Really.

As I have mentioned my mom died while I was in college, and my dad married pretty soon afterwards. I won’t go into her patience at inheriting a house full of teenagers. She is amazing.

Plus she’s crafty. She paints, sews. Used to weave. Gardens. She even made my wedding dress, out of antique lace of my grandmother’s. There was not a lot of yardage and she made it work. Plus, she did both bride’s maid dresses. Every year both girls get at least one homemade dress from their “Muz”.

Muz with little-sis.

As I have also mentioned I am living in a fiber desert. Unless you count Walmart and Red Heart, and I really don’t. So every time I head home my first mission is to get over to the Knitting Sisters in Williamsburg. And she’s right there with me, sniffing the yarn.

So this winter she decided to take a knitting class. She bought a ton of this gorgeous yarn, and has been doing this rather snappy garter stitch scarf. The only problem was that about 7 inches in there was some snaffoo and a hole was knitted in…a mistaken yarn over I think. And she wanted to fix the first few inches anyway, since they were a bit lumpy. And I felt so bad, because this last trip I had promised to cut it off and bind off just after all this for her, but we ran out of time.

This is a bag I made in the yarn she is using.

Again this amazes me, because this is the first beginner’s project I have ever known anyone to actually plan on wearing.

So this week I got this e-mail:

I enjoyed the updates on the blog. Thanks. We will post some pictures soon but Dad is now playing with loading more music on his ipod and playing with his new TV. I am getting into a sewing binge and just unraveled my entire scarf to reknit!
Let me stress she had already done at least two feet on this thing. Can you imagine the fortitude of frogging your first project??

I think we have a knitter.






9 comments:

Beth said...

Muz sounds like a great, creative, loving lady! :)

Acornbud said...

Lovely bag. Thanks for sharing the story about your stepmother. She sounds like a great lady.

Gina L said...

You are so fortunate as is your father in finding such a woman. I am sure it was quite endearing that she was willing to jump in and give of herself to an established family. By the way Williamsburg is one my favorite places on earth. That is a really cool bag!

jessie said...

As a person with another great stepmother (and as a person who IS a great stepmother LOL) I enjoyed your post.

By next year, she'll be making your girls sweaters to go with those dresses!

Glaistig said...

Aww, thanks for sharing this sweet story! It must be wonderful to share the twists and turns of the "Knitting Journey" with someone you love. . . .

tammy said...

wonderful stepmom! wonderful story! let's see a picture of that antique lace wedding dress!! and btw... LOVE the eggplant tank!

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ErLeCa said...

Woohooo! Another one joins our ranks!

Dove Knits said...

Wow, she sounds awesome! She'll make a fine knitter, that one!