Past: My Grandmother, Delynn Meyer, who was my inspiration and taught me to knit. Her fingers were fast! Even when she was going blind, she knit. Every winter Grandma would trace our hands and make us new wool mittens attached to I-cords that went through our coats so we wouldn’t lose them. We also received a new pair of knit slippers. Each family also received many of her beautiful afghans. One year for Christmas all of us girls (mom, Aunts & cousins) received beautiful shells that had a sequin knit into each stitch. It must have taken her forever to get them all done. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t knit or fix a mistake in. She sure fixed enough of my mistakes. I wonder who taught her how to knit? She was raised in an orphan home, as her mom died giving birth to one of her younger sisters. She is sorely missed!
Present: Linda C. Choo of Garden Canadensis Designs has to be on my list as a favorite. Everyone knows how much I love shawls and stoles! I write about them often. Linda has the most beautiful lace stoles and shawls ever! Her patterns are well written, easy to read and understand. My two favorites are her “Leaf and Flower Shawl” and her “Leaf and Flower Stole“. Linda is a retired engineer whose interests and talents are vast. She has graciously offered us many of her patterns for free on Ravelry. Thank you Linda.