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Posted - 01/04/2014 :  11:51:27 AM  Show Profile Send Knitbead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a 78 year old grandmother of five. I was taught to knit, crochet and cross-stitch by three maiden ladies who lived several doors down from my house. I am forever grateful for their time and patience. It was during WW2, I was a latchkey kid and I spent many happy hours in their company. Thru the years I have knit a little of everything including articles, for babies, lace, fancy shawls, animals. Last Christmas I knit intricate socks for 7 daughters/granddaughters. The year before I made mittens from patterns by Anna Zilboorg that were both challenging and amazing. For the past 11 months I have been serving as caregiver to my husband of 58 years who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Knitting is helping to keep me grounded during these roller coaster days. My family tries to allow me time each Sunday to sit and knit at my local shop, Cloverhill in Catonsville, Md. I am looking forward to being a member of this forum. Paula

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Posted - 01/08/2014 :  09:56:29 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Paula, welcome to KR. That's a lovely story about the women who taught you needle crafts. I've taught my niece a little bit, and it feels wonderful to be able to pass along a little bit of what I know, especially since I don't have any kids of my own. They sound like wonderful women who gave you knowledge and skills that have clearly been dear to you over the years.
Which socks did you knit for your granddaughters?
I'm very sorry to hear about your husband.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/14/2014 :  06:52:29 AM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the KF, Knitbead! U sound like a very experienced needle crafter. Glad u have joined us & hope u decide to stay.


Keep on knitting!
The more, the merrier!
A balanced diet is a peanut butter cookie in each hand!

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Posted - 01/14/2014 :  08:51:26 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Paula, Welcome from Chicago, I find that knitting take me to that inter-peace. I also learn to knit from a friend Aunt sitting on the front porch. I miss them, I often think if they could see me now.Donna
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Posted - 01/15/2014 :  11:08:42 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Paula, and welcome to the KR Forums from Baltimore. My grandma taught me to knit when I was little, also during WWII. Actually i was a few years younger than you,, so the "lessons" consisted of my learning how to make center-draw balls of yarn from the skeins of "Beehive" or "Germantown" wool that was sold then.
I know you are working hard as a caregiver, and I send my best wishes for you and your husband. I'm also a caregiver for mine, who has Alzheimer's.
You are an experienced knitter! I think you will like these forums.
Best wishes,

Life is beautiful.
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Posted - 01/18/2014 :  12:30:58 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Paula, welcome to The KR from San Diego, California. This is the most lovely knitting place on the web.



"Life is good if you don't weaken." Calvin Coolidge
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Posted - 01/19/2014 :  2:09:15 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the forums, Paula, from Maine. May you find some comfort in your knitting and from your new friends here on the forums. So nice that you have a supportive family as you walk along side your husband in his illness.
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