A Ball of {red} Yarn.

“The simple meditative act of knitting [crocheting] may not bring about world peace,
but it certainly has made my world more peaceful.”

My sweet Grandma {who the girls fondly call Grandma Cardinal} joined us for afternoon tea and some crocheting lessons. I must say, she was very patient with so much on the go at all times – three students, babies, wool flying in different direction, a million questions  …  moments like these, spent with my incredible Gramma, fill my heart with the kind of joy I can’t explain. She taught me to crochet when I was around 11 years old. I remember crocheting a long string that reached across from my room to the farmer’s field across the road. I never did anything with that long, pink wooly crocheted rope. But it still meant the world to me.

When I recently found my old crochet hook buried in the box of some of my childhood toys, it brought back so many fond memories with my grandma. Whenever the ‘knitting group’ is advertised at our church, Lacey’s eye light up and she tugs on my sleeve, pointing, saying “Mommeeeeee …. look! A knitting group!!”

– so I knew she’d love crocheting …
I feel {very} blessed to now stitch those moments in with new memories of my own daughters, learning to crochet at the knee of their great grandma.




Grandma taught us something special today … I’ll share it with you later when we are finished … we’re still working on it but hope to be done by the first of December.


Surprisingly, Lyla caught on quickly to crocheting (although just a string for now). She continued to crochet all day. Later this evening, while I was reading to the girls in bed, she picked up the hook again and worked away quietly from her bed … before we knew it, she had crocheted a rope that extended about 30 feet! {Determination is her middle name.}



Learning from an online tutorial. Grandma drinking tea from her special Cardinal mug. Three pairs of hands crocheting.



For any relatives reading this … all the girls want a ball of yarn for Christmas now. Especially sparkly rainbow colours. 🙂



November 30, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Kristine so adorable! I have always wanted to crochet – tried when I was little and never picked it back up. I think I just might 🙂 Found this really great tutorial I thought I would share: http://www.craftyminx.com/crochet-school/

November 27, 2012 - 11:21 am

Sherri Smith LOVE it! I used to crochet as well. It’s a nice way to de-stress and the satisfaction from finishing a project is amazing. It’s amazing that the girls get to learn from their great-grandmother; that is something special that very few people can experience. Glad you captured the moments. xo

November 27, 2012 - 12:00 am

Gillian’s Mom, Brenda Awh, that’s so cute! Yes, Mom taught me to knit when I was 9 years old. I loved her comment when I finished the project (baby sweater). She said “If I knew you would do so well, I would have given you nicer wool”. LOL Not sure if that’s a compliment but it made me proud. Have never forgotten it. Love you, Mom! Thanks for always being patient, even to the forever-Generations! xoxo