April 11, 2005


It seems that I come by my knitting interests even more honestly than I knew. After meeting Stephanie, my mother happened to accompany her father to visit his sister. My mom told them all about her encounter with “The Yarn Harlot” and it led to her finding out things about her own family that she either didn’t know or had forgotten. I think it’s easiest to just give you the story in my mom’s own words:

She (your great-aunt) told me that she has her name in several knitting pattern books. She used to resize patterns that came in from the States for her publisher (can’t remember the name). She also used to give knitting shows at Sears with, of all people, Dave Broadfoot.1 Then Gordon pitched in to remind me that his mother, your great grandmother, supported the family for years by holding knitting classes in the back of her friend’s shop, and knitting commissions. She was convent-raised and that was one of her only skills when she and her husband divorced.

A fascinating link to my knitting heritage, and a reminder that what I do for fun has also been very important to others for many different reasons in the past. I look forward to talking about knitting with my great-aunt the next time I see her!

1 A well-known Canadian comedian

Posted by Aven at April 11, 2005 11:28 AM

wow. That’s quite the Can Con in your family! Dave Broadfoot! And your great grandma supporting the family with knitting… that’s amazing!! (Anxiously awaiting Tin Tin)

Posted by: Stephanie VW at April 11, 2005 11:05 PM

How neat! It’s always fun and interesting to learn something new about one’s family.

Posted by: Rebekah at April 12, 2005 12:29 PM

It is a really nice story indeed. I enjoyed hearing (reading) it.

Posted by: Maria at April 13, 2005 10:05 AM