Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Knitting Ancestors Happy Day of the Dead
I love All Souls Day or Dia de Muertes. It is my son's birthday and I feel he is especially connected to his roots. Old Generational family stories fascinate him. Anyhow, this photo is of my Hungarian great-grandparents, my grandfather and my great uncle. The knitter, or one of them for sure, was my Great Grandfather. A long passed on family story is of his death. He died in a rocking chair with his knitting needles in his hands at 104 years of age. I knew that before I became a knittaholic.
My Uncle Joe is on the far right. He was a basket weaver. He, as you can easily see, had hydrocephalus, or Water on the Brain as our relatives say. My great grandmother attributed this condition to her being kicked by a cow during her pregnancy....He lived to his 50's and was well loved by the whole family.
And just because there aren't enough sweets in the house right now, I had to buy some sugar skulls at a great Mexican Store in DesPlaines. It is a few blocks away from Mosaic yarn studio so I snuck in there too. They offer a computer generated knitting custom pattern for 10.00. They also offer a 5.00 instruction on how to use the program. I am guessing its Sweater Wizard. Had anyone used this service?