Using What We Have

Dear Liza,

I love making presents for folks. Usually, the only trick is to start early enough to finish on time. This year, though, there may be supply chain issues, as well. That exact color of yarn, that color of thread, might not be available. So I am taking a page from my Mother’s philosophy: Use what you have.

I started this scarf for Yen, the nice lady who cuts my hair, the day of my last haircut. It is now finished, just in time for my next haircut. I only know one knitting stitch and had bought the yarn a few years ago from BackStory Books and Yarn down on Hawthorne. The project went quickly.

I used to make gifts for folks because I didn’t have a lot of spending money, and I really enjoyed it. I like being creative, using the skills I have and learning new ones.

For Auntie Katie’s wedding years ago, the late, great Barbara Binder Kadden and I stayed up all night to make the huppa. The time spent problem solving with Barbara, I now see, was a gift. She passed away a few years ago, much too soon.

And if you need a gift that is not like anything on the planet, the best way to get it is to make it yourself! I created this odd dude for Cousin Kyle years ago.

I am currently up to my eyeballs in a new creation, which I hope to show you tomorrow!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

2 thoughts on “Using What We Have”

  1. Good idea to get started early with preparing gifts. So many years I have planned to do the same. Well, maybe next year. The scarf is BEAUTIFUL ! I am enjoying lounging around in my PJs being waited on by John.


  2. I used to know only 2 stitches… Knit and purl. (the back side of knit) .. But then my sister sent me some hand knitted dish cloths. the 1st one was knitted on a diagonal and really intrigued me!! The patterns are free and online…. and EASY! I’ll send you a link… and one led to another and soon… I had knitted one that had butterflys embedded in it!!! REALLY! I’ll show you. HUGSS


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