Like so many knitters it was my Grandma who taught me to knit. I started with dishcloths before moving on to garter stitch squares which were then stitched together to make sweaters for an Oxfam appeal.
I was always thrilled by the amazing Jean Greenhow patterns featured in Grandma’s Womens Weekly magazine that would then appear as finished articles at local fetes and school fundraisers. Now and then a new pattern would pop up. and whilst I never got round to making Humpty Dumpty, or indeed Mrs Dumpty, I did spend some time making Christmas decorations one year.
The pattern included baubles, a stocking, candy canes, Father Christmas and an angel. It was the angel that caught my eye and so I made her, just how she looks in the picture with the exception of the eyes and mouth. In my infinite wisdom I thought she needed long lashes and rosy red lips so drew them onto the woollen face with felt tip pens. I think I regretted it the moment I did it but she continues to adorn my Mums tree every year.
Earlier in the year, completely out of the blue, the original magazine pattern pages popped up in my ‘recommended for you’ eBay feed. I kept an eye on it but after watching it reach £18.50 I thought the pattern just wasn’t meant to be mine. And then, following the knitters afternoon tea party in summer, Lixie left a few books for us to look through, in amongst them was ‘Knitted Toys’ by Jean Greenhow publised by Hamlyn. There on page 78 was my angel! By complete coincidence she had returned.
I’ve got some yarn on stand-by and will re-make her one day but then a part of me thinks that the one knitted fluttery-lashed angel is probably enough for the world and things are never quite the same the second time round are they?
Do you have a favourite handcrafted decoration or memories of making Jean Greenhow patterns?