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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Beginnings, Middles and Endings


I leaned to knit at age 6 from Tubly. She was from Switzerland and I never knew her real name was Tauba until I read it in the paper when she passed on to the Biggest and Best Lys. She married a local boy from Hawaii who went overseas for WW2 and lucky for us Hawaiians, she moved to Hawaii and taught knitting, "the German way" at the Richard Street YWCA. I don't remember the year this picture of me was in the paper, but it describes me as "advance knitter", knitting the sweater for my grandmother. It turned out to be my first but not last UFO. It also says I am knitting one for my brother but, I don't have one. Reporting hasn't change, eh?

Anyway, back to Tubly...she had the patience of a Buddha. Our first project was a doll cardigan, complete with button band and set in sleeves. I remember getting a row of stitches twisted and knitting and reknitting them so frustrated that they still were twisted. She fixed it for me and I know what a twisted stitch is now:) The sweater forever had a row of darkened stitches from my sweaty little hands.

Thank you, thank you, Tubly for teaching me something that will last my lifetime!

Fashion alert: I'd like everyone to believe those glasses with the wings were all the rage back then, heh, and maybe they were like the wings on the cars, but a tomboy like me never paid much attention to fashion.

Mr. Bunny was not done in time for Easter as planned. At least he has his topdown raglan, his tail, a mouth and a nose. He needs some hair and the Dallas Cowboy star yet. I wish his ears were a little more rabbit-like He is holding my Project Spectrum socks, Cascading Leaves , in Koigu Emerald Green. I love the slight varegations in the yarn. I'm thinking I will regret going with the 2s instead of the 1s, though.

My zipper finally came and it matches perfectly. It went in without a hitch:) BPT is finished just in time for summer in Hawaii, hahaha.

10 comments:

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Very cool story on Tauba/Tubly. Neat to see that picture of you from the paper too. Don't worry about the bun-bun; he looks great and so does his sweater. Plus his obvious taste for Koigu socks shows his suaveness.
=:8

debbie said...

your bpt is beautiful - you inspire me to knit myself a sweater! and looks like the cascading leaves socks are coming along nicely - love the color! mahalo plenty for that very neat story with photo about your knitting beginnings with tubly....

kimberly said...

Your bpt zipper is perfect! What a great story about learning to knit. I do love the glasses!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing Tubly's story with us . . . I'm sure she's doing lots of knitting at the Biggest and Best LYS, and also watching you knit with pride. Your BPT came out beautiful . . . .the zipper looks fabulous! I love that green sock too - the color is so pretty.

myra said...

What a wonderful story! And that picture of you in the paper is too cute! I wish I had a Tubly in my life to teach me how to knit when I was a girl.

keohinani said...

absolutely awesome post! that's a great picture! and i love the story of how you learned to knit. it's a lot more touching than "i just decided i need a new hobby so i went out and bought a book."
beautiful socks, too, btw. mmm...koigu. love the color! and your bpt! awesome!

Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, I loved reading about Tubly, it's so great to have memories like these - that way she'll live on within you!
I'm also very impressed by your projects, the little bunny is such a cutie, and what an amazingly gorgeous sock you did! The same goes for the sweater - wow! Is it ever cold enough in Hawaii to wear it?

KnitPastis said...

That is so cool that you were taught to knit by Tubly!! That is truly a great story. I wished I could knit socks as well as you do. Hey, look at that, your zipper is a perfect match! I hear how hard it is to get a zipper to match
yarns.

vanessa said...

fantastic bpt! yeah for tubly :-)

Toni said...

That picture of you is so cute! BPT looks fab--perfect zip.