I was a Brownie in Europe..nooo not the chocolate goodies in a square pan we most enjoy, but the girl scouts kind, wearing those brown uniforms, where you where encouraged to excel in earning badges! My mom took it upon herself to teach me how to knit so I could earn my knitting badge. I soooo remember the rules that the square had to be even tension and a certain size. I tried stretching it to make it bigger to get out of knitting. My mom laughed but kept me encouraged to finish. That was something I had trouble with, starting was GREAT, finishing was hard to do.
|I had a different name in those days. |
No badges earned yet but very excited to find out what its like to be a Brownie!
With out wool shops or someone to pass on the knowledge and to demonstrate, back in those ancient days before YouTube, it was near impossible to figure out those patterns on your own. Loyalty was needed with wool shops so you could come back again and again for guidance. My mom was great at teaching and somehow between the two of us we could figure out most patterns and sometimes still had to seek out the wool shop expert to show and tell.
Now replacing mom guidance, is YouTube, filled with people who are willing to demonstrate certain stitches and you name it, its there. I have posted some of the ones I needed into my Pinterest account to reference quickly while also sharing with other Pinterest pinners!
|My mom, Norma, crocheting a huge blanket with my dog Dixie|
thinking its for her!
We laughed when I took this photo and titled it,
"Sooo many men and so little time".
|Norwegian slippers are knitted in squares then sewn together.|
Thankfully I have studied geometry to figure how to put these together!
|Finished Norwegian Slippers with a pom-pom.|
Knitted gift sent to my sister for xmas.
Warm and cozy!
|I added the skull buttons and knitted stripes for my son's slippers!|
WOW, the free patterns that are available and the inspiration is abundant on the internet and I discovered these patterns on Pinterest which I find its like eating nuts, you just can't have one! Here is my Stitch Knit Sew collection to check out the patterns I have collected: pinterest.com/minazjantz/stitch-knit-sew-weave-fiber-fabrics/
|My model, the red ball is posing for my crochet head band. |
Quick and easy to make and off they went as gifts for family.
Its adjustable to fit any size head
with a large button in back of head band.
|The head band flower detail was stitched after all was made.|
Happy New Year 2013