With a theme all about kids and learning this month, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my oldest memories of fiber arts.
Loving Yarn From the Beginning
I had an early start in fiber arts. My great-grandmother (Grandma Mary) tried to teach me to knit when I was small, and I remember helping her knit dishcloths.
I sat on her lap and guided the needles while she held her hands over mine. I can still hear in my head, “Knit one, purl one, knit two together.” It’s a wonderful memory.
My mom, also a creative soul, made and sold toy trees out of my grandpa’s shop down the road from Grandma Mary’s house. She used to babysit me while my mom worked. One of her favorite things to do for me to was to crochet little stuffed animals for me to play with. I would tell her what I wanted, and she would whip up a cute little toy before my next visit.
She made me bears, turtles with sequins on their backs, pigs, and even a little blue bird. I had a whole zoo of them at one point, and I regret ever parting with any of them, though I’m sure some of them just disintegrated from too much love.
Two crochet critters remain, a panda and a pig, and they sit to the left of my desk as I work every day. You may even be able to see them in some of my videos and pictures.
Both of my grandmothers knit and crocheted beautiful blankets for me and my children. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a talented pianist. My grandmother on my father’s side is an incredible painter.
I’m lucky to have art running in my veins. And I’m even more lucky to be able to be a professional artist.
My cousin even taught me to knit in college to get through those long, tedious lectures.
That led to a love of yarn, which quickly led to crocheted stuffed animals. The craft came full circle, and I’m reminded every day of my Grandma Mary while I work on the next little crocheted critter.
How About You?
What art do you have in your family? Were you lucky enough to be taught your craft by a family member?
I’d love to hear your stories!
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.