Here is the knitting poem I promised, to follow the cleaning poem I was challenged to write.

Many years ago when I was still at school,

Household crafts were taught to all the girls as a rule.

That was when I learnt to crochet, sew and knit.

These skills have proved quite useful in life I must admit.

Soon my knitting prowess kept me utterly engrossed,

And I created lots of clothing, though I’m not one to boast.

I knitted and I knitted, until my arms did ache,

And here are some things that I managed to make.

                        ***

I knitted matching jumpers for my brothers, Dad and me.

I knitted a swimsuit to wear when in the sea.

I knitted some slippers and a funny pixie hat

Which I didn’t like to wear as it made my hair go flat.

I knitted some mittens for all the family.

I knitted a cosy for the pot when we had tea.

I knitted a jacket which shrunk in the wash,

And even a dress which looked ever so posh.

I made a jacket for my rabbit and rug to keep it warm.

I knitted cushions for the sofa so its look could be transformed,

But the things I liked the most and really did enjoy

Were the funny gonks I made and all the very cute soft toys.

*

Christine Ramsay 4.11.10

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  • lowellpendon on Nov 4, 2010

    My wife loves this stuff.

  • johnnydod on Nov 4, 2010

    This was one of the most comforting memory’s i had from my childhood, the sound of my mother knitting.

    a nice roaring fire and me sitting by her side while she knitted away.

    Lovely poem Christine

  • johnnydod on Nov 4, 2010

    This was one of the most comforting memory\’s i had from my childhood, the sound of my mother knitting.

    a nice roaring fire and me sitting by her side while she knitted away.

    Lovely poem Christine

  • johnnydod on Nov 4, 2010

    This was one of the most comforting memorys i had from my childhood, the sound of my mother knitting.

    a nice roaring fire and me sitting by her side while she knitted away.

    Lovely poem Christine

  • johnnydod on Nov 4, 2010

    Looks like Triond is having fun this morning

  • CHAN LEE PENG on Nov 4, 2010

    It did capture your memory. A smooth flow of idea, thanks.

  • Brewed Coffee on Nov 4, 2010

    I’d like a knitted cap :-) I started learning to knit when I was in the 5th grade but I never got around to creating anything. I know how to crochet a bit….but couldn’t get more than just a little flower decor. I guess not my talent but maybe I can still work on it.

  • petercurtis97 on Nov 4, 2010

    Very nice poem it has a warmth it carries and some humour, a rabbit rug and jacket as well.

  • Lady Sunshine on Nov 4, 2010

    Johnny really likes your poem. lol. As a little girl I wanted to knit, but never really did. Maybe I should now.

  • lapasan on Nov 4, 2010

    Nice post.

  • Sharif Ishnin on Nov 4, 2010

    Haha! Now I understand the knitting bug much better.
    Christine, the way you describe all of this is very clever.:)

  • Jomina on Nov 4, 2010

    ahh a very nice one, indeed. My dad knitted for years and I always loved seeing what he would create. Such a lost art these days.

  • cjnuble on Nov 4, 2010

    Nice poem! I love it!

  • Baijayanti Pradhan on Nov 4, 2010

    lovely…

  • lillyrose on Nov 4, 2010

    my grandmother used to have a beautiful knitting basket in paisley when I was little, I loved to go all through it looking and playing with the needles and wool… never managed to sit long enough to knit anything much though!!
    Great poem as always x

  • awesome11 on Nov 4, 2010

    Nice write dear ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • J M Lennox on Nov 4, 2010

    Just delightful Christine. Thank you. :-)

  • Starpisces on Nov 4, 2010

    clever Christine, promised to write this poem and can write so easily…
    I have never tried knitting but I have done crochet.. so far only tissue box cover.

  • Phoenix Montoya on Nov 4, 2010

    I have an aunt who loves to knit. She used to knit for me and my two cousins when we were still young. Miss her, she’s in heaven now. Beautiful poem.

  • pschenck on Nov 4, 2010

    My Grandmother taught me many crafts when I was young. Knitting has always been my favourite. I don’t get much of a chance to knit these days and I really miss it. Someday when things settle down, I’ll get back to it.

  • LadyElena on Nov 4, 2010

    Lovely Poem – I love knitted Toys.

  • jimbob1 on Nov 4, 2010

    CR…amazing work as usual…you poetry and your knitting! This was, of course, an easy I Like It vote and reminds me of the days of my childhood when I started out spool knitting before graduating to knitting needles as my Mother taught me to knit…but I could never finish anything on my own because I never learned to cast off!!! Thanks and take care…

  • SuperMember on Nov 4, 2010

    Excellent share! ;) comment my articles back

  • Melody SJAL on Nov 4, 2010

    Wish I can knit too, but I did engage in cross-stitching a while back.

  • jennifer eiffel01 on Nov 4, 2010

    Bravo. I tried to learn to knit, but could neer figure it out. My mom taught me to srochet and I can only do one row or else when trying to knit a regular scarf, I got a weird geometric shape, just like everything else I’ve tried to crochet.

  • Saurav Banerjee on Nov 4, 2010

    I was waiting for this – the knitting one. Great share.

  • Sourav on Nov 4, 2010

    Nice… very enjoyable read.

  • Jimmy Shilaho on Nov 4, 2010

    You surely can write poetry about anything.

  • Val Mills on Nov 4, 2010

    Love this, but I love all your poems. I learned to knit, my sister learned to sew. That worked well till I left home. I loved to knit so much I even took up spinning my own wool for a short few years. Oh, remember those days of matching jerseys!

  • researchanalyst on Nov 4, 2010

    knitting is a good hobby

  • giftarist on Nov 4, 2010

    I remember my Mum. Lovely write, friend.

  • Kaye TM on Nov 4, 2010

    i love it . =p

  • Adrn0919 on Nov 4, 2010

    Very lovely. You always write the best poems. Thank you they are a joy to read.

  • Tulan on Nov 4, 2010

    Oh, that sounds like so much fun, but I can’t knit.

  • J Anderson on Nov 4, 2010

    Good Post

  • LoveDoctor on Nov 4, 2010

    Wow! You are so talented Christine. This is a lovely poem.

  • pearl2010 on Nov 5, 2010

    How I wish I know how to crochet. But it’s not my skills. That’s nice of you Christine.:-)

  • Christine Ramsay on Nov 5, 2010

    Thanks everyone. This post seems to have brought back some memories.

    Christine

  • papaleng on Nov 5, 2010

    Indeed, such good memories. I can do cross-stitching, care to teach me how to make a knitted cap..

  • fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa on Nov 6, 2010

    I am sure as you enjoyed those memories, and you had a great time making and sharing them. Good for you.
    Winter time makes me want to knit and make things, but the days go to fast and I am lucky I get dinner on the table, and a few baking dates with the little ones.
    Enjoy the memories, that is why we unconciously make them

  • PR Mace on Nov 7, 2010

    Amazing poem. Knitting is one skill I don’t seem to have.

  • Ruby Hawk on Nov 7, 2010

    I learned to knit pot holders when I was a youngster. Does that count?

  • CA Johnson on Nov 7, 2010

    Your poem really good. I never did learn how to knit, but I wish I could do it. My mom was teaching me how to crochet, but I could not pick it up at all.

  • yes me on Nov 7, 2010

    Loved this one Christine reminded me of my woolly 50s and 60s cheers

  • Bloom Again on Nov 9, 2010

    Wonderful poem and brings back memories, though I preferred crochet. This art should not be lost but still passed on. I have a cousin, a huge male, who crochets the most intricate work, stuff you can frame.

  • margaridab on Nov 9, 2010

    Cool poem. I love to knit but I only make pulls and not for rabbits ;)

  • wonder on Nov 10, 2010

    Wish we could have a look at what you made-the gonk.

  • sandcastle on Nov 14, 2010

    I wish my daughter learned these things in school, too.

    I used to make my kids scarves when they were little :) They call it magic when I sew their torn clothes or bags :)

  • gaby7 on Nov 14, 2010

    Great flashback! hope you still find a little time to knit!

  • mark ramsay on Nov 20, 2010

    He he! I remember the jumpers you knitted for us when we were little. A cool poem.

  • Jacques Berkeley on Dec 6, 2011

    Excellent!

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