Happy Friday, Mum

People often ask me when I first started knitting.  The answer is that I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t knit.  But I can remember learning.  It was my Mum who taught me.  Mum knitted all the family’s jumpers and cardigans and was never without her needles and wool whenever she got a moment to sit down.  I was fascinated by the colour and the patterns of her work and asked her to show me how to knit.  I was around seven years old.  So that afternoon, just as she had taught me to read, my Mum taught me another life skill that I have continued to enjoy from that moment on.  It was a revelation.  You could really achieve that much just with two basic stitches?  And when you got to the end of the row – no big mystery!  Just turn around and start knitting again.  Later, Mum taught me to sew, from replacing buttons to full blown dressmaking.  By the time I went to secondary school I was making all my own clothes, so, thanks to Mum, I could choose to study ancient Greek at school instead of taking domestic science.  The last project we worked on together was my wedding dress.  My happy Friday moment came today, unexpectedly, when I was looking through my fabric stash and found a remnant of the cream satin we used.  The dress itself is safely packed away in the loft along with my grandmother’s veil, which Mum and I also both wore on our wedding days.  The feel of the fabric transports me back to the counter of Dickins and Jones in Regent Street, where we finally tracked down the fabric we wanted.  We were both so happy and so relieved.  The dress turned out even better than either of us could have imagined.  Thanks, Mum, for all those happy memories. x

Mum 1935 - 1988 on her wedding day

Mum 1935 – 1988
on her wedding day


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10 thoughts on “Happy Friday, Mum

  1. Thanks for sharing your lovely story. Your Mum sounds like a wonderful lady and she looks beautiful in her wedding dress, her bouquet is also amazing.
    Ali xx

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