Hand Knit Sweaters

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,    

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that it kisses them so gently?

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And then it covers them up snug,

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you know, with a white quilt;

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and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings,

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till the summer comes again.'"

                                             ~ Lewis Carroll

Sounds so poetic.

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We recently received a fresh blanket of snow. A mere dusting compared to what many are dealing with, but still, cold is COLD.

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My water wicking under armour & favorite fleece pull-over would be the call if I was going out in IT ~ but I'm not ~ so instead, I've chosen the warm hug of one of my favorite hand knit sweaters.

Soft and warm, and made by hand with love.

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I've noticed lately that there seems to be a sort of warm & snuggly knitting revival going on. The array of hand knit clothing & accessories, all beautifully styled and photographed, and for sale, are being fuelled by a culture that seems to be needing to make-do-and-mend. I'm not referring to tight knit groups of grannies ~

I'm referring to a growing army of men who are winding down with needles & yarn. Photo | Pinterest

Seems that men have been clicking their knitting needles for centuries!  

Some time ago, about 200 A.D., fishermen who were frustrated by only being able to catch one fish at a time on a single line, started forming loops with yarn and devised fishing nets!

Enter the 16th century, man invented machines that mastered millions of stitches per minute.

During World Wars I and II, American schoolboys were taught to knit squares to be sewn into blankets for troops.

Photo of a group of boys from Cooperstown High School, who are knitting on behalf of the Red Cross, for the soldiers on the frontlines in WWl (1918) Photo | Pinterest

Best selling author, Andre Dubus III, says that, knitting required me to focus and it allowed me to drift too, the way running a long distance required my feet and legs to do one thing while my mind could do another.

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They are a varied bunch who find it to be both meditative & restorative.  They are authors, doctors, musicians, artists and even art gallery owners…

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As a matter of fact, an art gallery owner, knit by hand the two beautiful sweaters that I've photographed for this post. Classic crew necks with deep ribbed edges ~ lovingly knit together using beautiful cranberry and oatmeal colored yarns ~ by my Uncle, Charles Adams.

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I'll let him tell you his story…

"i started when i lived in the west village. i took knitting lessons from a woman who had a yarn shop on greenwich ave. it was 'diverse endeavors.' all i ever learned was a pattern for that raglan sleeve crew neck. she set me up with four sizes. i had the gallery on bleecker and wanted something to do with my hands while i sat in the gallery. I ended up not knitting in the gallery but reading and knitting in front of the tv at night instead of snacking. c3the fastest i ever did a sweater was once at the cabin when i did one in a weekend. i knit them in four pieces. the front, then the back, then the two sleeves at the same time on the same needle, then i would piece them together and add the neck. i would never knit for kids. they grew too fast. i've probably knitted less then 30 sweaters. sometimes i think about taking it up again but i can't  remember how to cast on. love chas" 

That was him ~ back in the 70's, knitting on the front porch of our family cabin near Santa Fe with his sweet boy Hugo. Also from the 70's, an interesting story about my first trip to NYC to visit Uncle Charles,When I was A Young Girl.

My mother is still trying to get past it!

 

 

Photo | Lisa Porter | The Lisa Porter Collection Thanks again Uncle Charles for the warm hugs.

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3 comments:

Renae Moore said...

I love this Lisa...your Uncle Charles is one talented feller. Great images as usual done by you...such a gift your have!
xoxo

Karena Albert said...

Dear Lisa, what a fascinating story! I absolutely adore your cozy hand knit sweaters! I love to give them to my daughter as gifts.

xoxo
Karena
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Dumbwit Tellher said...

Your Uncle Charles is truly amazing. I loved this post Lisa. I took knitting lessons as a young girl and what fond memories I still have. I never kept it up and your post makes me rethink the idea of taking lessons again. My mother was a devoted knitter and created so many wonderful sweaters and blankets for her grandchildren and me too! I need to create something grand for my Sofia. Another fab post, thank you. xox