1.12.11

the little apprentice

I've been waiting for this moment since the day the sonographer told me I was expecting a girl! 
She's quite keen and it's nice to have company in my solitary knitting. 
It was the same for me, my mum taught me. I started to knit and crochet when I was around 6 years old and at 7 I was selling my crochet pot holders and doilies to the ladies in the neighbourhood. My mum and I spent a lot of time knitting together, that was my play time with her. Most of the knitting things I know I learnt it from her and from her friends. Knitting is a staple of my life, something I never stopped doing no matter if it was fashionable or not.
Now I can knit without even watch it: the "nonna" of a friend of mine used to knit all day sitting outside in the balcony (in warm weather of course) and looking over us play in the backyard. I'm quite fond of those memories.

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23 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh J'adore ces aiguilles !!!!

Anita said...

How wonderful and what a great set of memories you will be making. Wish you could teach me to knit as my heart is set on learning!

Séverine said...

De beaux souvenirs Alessandra, j'en ai beaucoup comme ça aussi, d'heures paisibles avec juste le clic clic des aiguilles,
Anita se débrouille bien et Ju a les mêmes aiguilles :)

jane said...

what a great start! much better than mine. ;)

mathilda said...

voilà une jolie histoire!
I have the same desire with sewing. My daughter started learning to sew by hand and I'll fix him a little old sewing machine. I dream of long afternoon in the atelier ...

Janis said...

Precious memories you have there and now you're making new ones. How beautiful the thought of that is... X

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Wonderful. Her small needles and pink yarn are darling.

mirabellef said...

c'est mignon et touchant. Bises.

erika said...

So nice to hear, my daughter learned from my mum because I'm a bad knitter ;-) I should sit down and learn it too !

C SATHAL said...

Très touchants ces souvenirs de transmission ! Moi c'est avec ma grand mère que j'ai eu ces moments privilégiés, le crochet pour toujours sera inscrit dans la complicité que nous avions ... De belles histoires de femmes .
C.

Louise said...

Woah, hats off to Anita! Very impressive, I had to be taught 3 or 4 times and didn't get it til I was about 15! It's so lovely that you continue that cycle of fond memories.

myssja said...

:-)

bobbi said...

I have the same memories, maybe it's an Italian thing...my nonna and my mom taught me to knit, crochet and sew when I was a little girl, and it was a beautiful time when we knitted together. While my grandfather and dad were taking naps in summer, we would sit in a fresh place and knit, or sew. It was wonderful.

Laëtitia said...

Moi aussi j'ai hâte de tricoter avec Lily ... bravo Anita c'est du bon travail !! et ces aiguilles ... so cute !! bon week-end ^.^

at swim-two-birds said...

how cute:)
I learned knitting in school when I was 6, I remember eveything as it were yesterday!
hope to see more pictures soon :)

diana said...

really nice memorise you shared with us. your daugther´s knitting is great! much better than mine :) and hopefully one day she will remember those times you were knitting together as well with a smile! x

elisa said...

It'a beautiful (and useful) thing for you two. I'm very grateful to my mom and grandma who both taught me knitting when I was a child. I think that the hand movement of knitting could be learnt better when you are young than in adult stage. It's like learning to ride a bike. Something easy achievable in childhood. That's my own opinion, anyway.
I hope to pass the same crush on knitting to my daughter in the near future, too.
Buon weekend di lavoro a maglia!

p.s. Anita's smiling needles are the best!

les pétroleuses said...

oh c'est trop mignon !!! pep's ce rose ! mes filles n'aiment pas trop le tricot, dommage... j'aime beaucoup cette douceur dans ce que tu nous laisse découvrir de ton enfance. bon we !

Lollipop said...

ça c'est juste hyper touchant.... surtout quand je sais ce que tu m'as raconté.
j'ai hâte d'être jeudi ;-)))
je réserve une table pour nous 3?
xxx

Trula said...

Such a great gift to be passing on. I, too, learned from my mother. Although I don't think my first attempt looked anything like Anita's. She must have inherited her mother's talent.

chasing lightning bugs said...

my grandmother taught me to knit. i love everything about it....the clicking, the rhythm, the wool, and sometimes even the finished product. i would love to be able to sit and knit without looking.
what a lovely gift you are giving your daughter.

la casita said...

Thank you all, is nice to read your stories too! Anita is quite chuffed, although I think this blogging thing is still too abstract for her! :D
Lovely to see new people here too!
Thank you so much once again. In a way it's my way to remember my mum and see the inheritance passed to my daughter. December is a month of mixed feelings for me and this helps a lot! So thank you once again
xxx Alessandra

Bobbi, perhaps it's only a thing of the past, when kids were free to play outside and mums had a different vision on how to spend time with the children. My mum taught us to cook hence to enjoy good food, a vital skill I will be forever thankful to her!Hope to pass that to my daughter too!

Leonor of course! :D

Kylie said...

How wonderful! you must be soooo proud :) Kx