Help! A Very Special Knit

Written by Sarah on April 29th, 2014 Posted in gift, holiday

In June, my grandmother will turn 90. She’s a really fantastic lady who’s taught me so much, a real maven of the DIY world in her own right. And she’s a hoot and a half and a real tough lady to boot. I’m starting to feel that urge I’ve felt so many times: I want to knit a gift for her.

It wouldn’t be the first time. I want to make things for everyone, we all do. I want to shower people that I love with hats and mittens and cowls. I want my stitches to do what my words can’t: explain in detail how much I love them, how much I appreciate them, how, even though I don’t always know what to say and sometimes I’m forgetful, that I couldn’t imagine life without them. Sometimes I almost feel like I have an endless list of people that I want to knit for, promises I make to myself for years down the road to complete even something simple. There are too many stitches and just not enough time. But I think on the occasion of her 90th birthday, my grandma deserves a little something woolly. 


I know there will never be enough time to make something adequate. I’ll be stressed out, I can see it already. Of course, my mind immediately goes to sweaters. I mean, this is a big birthday. But I really know that that might be pushing it. I’d like to at least have a fighting chance.

So I’m starting to think of other knitted things. Perhaps a scarf or a shawl? It’s so hard to decide. Nothing seems like enough. I’ve made socks before so I’d like to go bigger. But deep down, I’m dying to make a really nice, simple cardigan. Maybe one of you good readers will have the heart to talk me out of that.

What do you suggest? What have you made for someone important to you?

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Comments (5)

  • DWJ
    April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am |

    Might I suggest the Betsey shawl? It is interesting, isn’t a difficult knit and works up beautifully. I recently knit one in Cascade Venezia Worsted for my 85 year old aunt and she absolutely loves it. Plus the Venezia works up beautifully and has a really nice drape to it.

  • April 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm |

    It all depends on how much time you’ve got ahead of you, and how much you think you can accomplish in that time.
    A beautiful lace shawl might take less time and be more beautiful and unique than a simple cardigan. Especially in a heavier yarn, as the one suggested above.

  • Aunt Sherry
    April 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm |

    You know anything you make for Grammy, she will love. I do tend to go with something she can wrap herself in – it’s like arms around her all the time and she can snuggle into it whenever she sits back to relax with the tv.

  • April 30, 2014 at 9:56 am |

    I think my grandma is the one you received the most hand knitted presents from me. She really really likes the Ginkgo shawl I made for her (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/frenchgrenouille/ginkgo-shoulderette-shawl). It requires a lot of attention (lace on both sides) but totally worth the effort!

  • Kate
    May 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm |

    The first ever jumper I made was for my Mum for her birthday. It had a fair isle yolk and fitted pretty terribly. She still diligently wears it though years later.
    I would definitely go for something using a worsted weight. The Bull City Shawl was the first shawl I ever made and it was a good introduction. Not too big so it knits up quickely and has an easy lace pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bull-city-scarf

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