My other grandma, Grandma Walker, had a cottage in the woods a couple hours from our house that we would retreat to several times a year. She made us gingerbread, donuts, applesauce, and my dad‘s favorite – ham and bean soup. She made round loaves of bread and cut off crusts on four sides because my sisters and I love the crusts so much. Everyone else got slices of bread with no crust on the sides.
Grandma Walker taught me how to knit and crochet. She patiently helped me with each stitch until I could knit and crochet on my own. She is the reason that I love to knit and crochet.
Beth and her younger sister Chris wearing vests made by their Grandma Walker, circa 1970
Beth wearing a granny square vest made by her Grandma Walker
My grandma‘s are no longer with us, but through me they live on. I especially honor my Grandma Walker by teaching people how to knit. She helped me understand how satisfying it is to make garments and accessories that keep people warm, and how empowering it is to know that I can make my own clothing.
I can’t even express how good it feels when somebody compliments my sweater and I get to respond, “thank you, I made it myself!“
Now I want to help you fall in love with knitting so that you can pass it on to future generations in your family, whether by teaching your granddaughter to knit or making heirloom quality knits that can be passed down from generation to generation.
If you, too, want to be surrounded by knitters who embrace their inner grandmother and make the world better by showing respect, encouragement, and grace to those around them, and learn how to knit heirloom quality garments, then join me in the Knit Along Club.