Martha and Josephine Knit Christmas Gifts

hand knitted grey shrug

Knitted Christmas Gifts

Do you enjoy knitting or sewing? These were important skills at the turn of the century. Not long after The Great War ended ready-made clothing and conveniences were introduced and quickly obtained popularity. Soon, life for many women moved toward work outside the home providing more available income but much less time for sewing, baking, knitting, and other home activities.

I am not a knitter. I have tried to learn but have failed to apply myself to practice and gain the skill. Maybe one day! But, I do treasure the lovely handmade (knitted and crochet) gifts given to me over the years. Scarves are popular and often an easy way to start. What sort of knitted project would you like to give or receive most?

The first winter in Shaw Point was difficult. Still, Martha and Josephine did not let it rob them of the joy of the season.  Instead they used their skills and what was at hand to create gifts! If you were curious about the hand-knitted shoulder coverings in SHAW POINT, you might enjoy trying a few of these knitting projects.

You may recall that Josephine knitted a grey wrap for Martha and Martha created a blue one for Josephine. With that in mind, I am sharing two different ideas in those colors for you to peruse.

This grey one comes from Chris Knits in Niagara.

The second is a blue example that would have been knitted by Martha for Josephine.

Unpack those rolls of yarn. Dig out your knitting needles and  get your cozy project started. Try this simple and free pattern from Ravelry which is offered by Terry L. Ross?

With all the current ‘excitement’ over Bernie Sander’s hand made mittens, maybe we should all pick up our knitting needles!

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