When this photo was taken 30 years ago by Pieter, I still was a very shy girl... That was 30 years ago—the beginning of a blissful relationship!
The world has taught me some lessons over the years, so I got cured of that. But what I wanted to show you here is my hand knitted Rose Sweater.The sweater is no more and I regret that I have no color photo of its beautiful roses. I've hand embroidered them over the knitting... Time was a different issue back than I guess!
The knitting pattern was in an older Dutch Ariadne magazine, from February 15, 1964... My Mom subscribed to it already in the 1950s and she did knit many a sweater from Ariadne patterns, she was a master in it. Also my paternal grandmother loved to knit and she had more time on her hands as my Mom with my six younger siblings to take care of, plus helping Dad in the greenhouses with the vegetables. From my Mom—I've inherited this ability and it was also taught by the nuns to us when we entered first grade. I don't regret it; it is a wonderful thing to do. Since we live in Georgia, the need for woolen sweaters is very limited so I have not produced many here.
As a teen, I fell in love with it right away but I had trouble growing up to a size 10 or European size 40. When I knew I would never make it 'big' I had to redesign this sweater and knit it in thinner wool, to make it like a size 6 or 36 for me.
Will show you more handwork in the future.