Both my mother and grandmother were knitters My mum stopped because it now gives her RSI and Nana is legally blind. Here, I look at some of their creations we have stashed around the house! (Please excuse the excessive number of selfies. I don’t have a mannequin to model them on.)
First up we have this amazing batwing creation of my mums! All of her knits on this list are from the 1980s, so why not start with the most 80s of them all?
She seemed to have been very keen on these kinds of cream colours around then. It was the first thing she knitted on big needles. She got the pattern free in a magazine, but doesn’t remember much more because the 80s was so long ago.
Next up, we have this rockin’ red creation, once again from mama sheep. She actually gave me this one a few years ago, and many people comment on how well it suits me. It’s a little moth eaten, but will probably be quite wearable once I get around to giving it a bit of TLC.
I remember my mum telling me about this independently of showing me. She told me that it was so dull to knit the body, and the feature was the lace yoke.
This is my absolute favorite on this list. Once again it needs a little TLC, but is also the most striking and has the most interesting story behind it. Sadly, it is the only creation by Nana Sheep on this list, but I will endeavor to find more of her creations to showcase next time I visit.
She made it in the 1950s for my granddad. It was a post war country and resources were scarce. There are elements where the colours change because she ran out of wool and couldn’t source the same shade precisely. It’s amazing, I love it and I wish it didn’t bunch weirdly on me where it was designed for a mans chest.
Another of Mama Sheep’s creations next, made for Papa Sheep. She made it around the time they got married, and from what I gather it was a bit of a dare. He didn’t quite believe she could create such a master piece. Having discovered the pattern book while going through a pile of crafting literature, I decided to make myself the same jumper in different colours. One of my great unfinished projects. (To be fair, I put the pattern away and couldn’t find it again for 6 months.)
Finally, we have another gifted to me by my mother. It’s just so 1980s, especially the sleeves. It looks much better once it’s on then you think it will and I know she was disappointed with the neck line, but I reckon I can rock it.
She thinks it was made from a thermal wool, not sure how that works with lace knitting, but hey ho.
There is so much more ‘archived’, I’m I’ll post more.