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A New Life to Old Traditions

The crispness of fall air has been on the end of the summer breezes and felt in the coolness of the morning air this past week.

I am attempting to find the “glad”(as Pollyanna would say) in the change of weather. There still seems so much on the to-do list before the first snow fall, and in these Idaho mountains there isn’t much time between the fall of the color-changed leaf to the drifting down of the first snowflakes.



Nonetheless, the seasons must change as God designed, and we must prepare.

There is a reserved excitement going on in my creative soul. It is begging to be let out from where I have kept it while completing the day to day tasks required of me.


My hands have been aching to spin yarn, sew clothing for my children, make rugs for the new kitchen floor and curtains for the new windows.  The bite-sized knitting projects I have been working up as I have moments to sit have not been enough to satisfy this hunger.

However, it has been fulfilling to complete a pair of mittens and write a new pattern for them. There are many many patterns that would have been suitable to use. My Ravelry library is hosting several of them right now as is my knitting Pinterest board.

Why did I wing it?

It was that need to be creative that did it. The pattern was kept simple, as it should be for the purpose of teaching others how to knit in the round.

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As I have read about the historical methods of handicrafts, I noticed something: everything from the simplest design to the most complex was done in a manner that could be remembered. 

I read in No Idle Hands by Anne L. MacDonald, an account of a woman who pulled from her closet a bedspread that had been started by a relative (perhaps her mother-I don’t remember for sure). She was inspired to finish the project and remembered being taught the pattern when she was young but couldn’t recall how the stitches went. Her aunt (I believe) was still living and had also been knowledgable about this particular stitch pattern. Over the phone, her aunt was able to think about and bring to remembrance this now heirloom pattern for the bedspread. The woman worked diligently and finished the project, giving it new life and a home outside of the closet.

It was such an inspiring story!

There was also a picture of the bedspread-and believe me this pattern was on the complex side of the measurement of skill.

That being said and in answer to my above question: why not?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a treasure trove of patterns ready to emerge from your creative mind like the aunt in the story?

This is one thing I hope to impart to my students: Use written patterns to enhance your skills, and pictures to inspire.

Then, just create!

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It is very liberating to not be dependent upon a written pattern, and likewise- I am grateful to have the resources this modern day offers to learn from since these skills did not continue on in the past couple of decades in my heritage.

Thanks for being a friend!


p.s. The pattern for the mittens will be ready soon, so make sure you click to follow by email to get it in your inbox right away! 

If you are ready to learn how to knit in the round and want to take the mitten course-contact me either in the comments, by email (knittyheidi@gmail.com), or our FB page!

For information on beginner lessons go here.

To read more about my yarn spinning please visit our sister-site : TwistednPlied





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