Monday, October 29, 2007


I love vintage knitting totes! I don't know what it is about them but they just make me happy!
Last week, I recieved an e-mail that was a delightful surprise!
Beth and Dustin are the children of the original manufacturers of the Knit Kaddy and their parents were excited that they had found my post about these vintage beauties! Really nice folks who offered up some interesting information about the Knit Kaddy.
So here is a little information about them that I didn't already know.

1. The Knit Kaddy's came in different shades of the colors that are shown above and different fabrics as well - I have seen a green one similar to the ones above but have never seen any other fabrics
2. JC Penney showed some interest in selling these in their stores but decided not to carry them after all. So they were only sold by mail order.
3. The last Knit Kaddys were made around 1973 or 1974 because the factory burned down - what a tragedy for this family.
Thanks to Beth, Dustin, and their family for the info and lovely e-mails and the info!

Friday, October 12, 2007


This is Ruby's sweater. Three years ago, we found ourselves with an empty nest. Darling Daughter graduated from college and got married with Sweet Son graduating from high school and heading off to Boston for college. Our once small house became enormous and I knew that this was going to be a difficult transition for me. I have always loved being a mom and it came so fast. And noone ever tells you that it isn't just the kids leaving but all their friends go away to college as well - our once busy dining room table that was frequently filled to the brim with teenagers emptied out and hubby and I were left with heads swirling.
During this time, I began to dream about a little girl. She was about 3 years old and we would take walks together, read books, and bake cookies. It was comforting to dream about her and the day after she would visit me in my dreams the world didn't feel quite so lonely. I didn't know who she was or why I was dreaming about her but she was there a couple of times a week.
After an unusually lonely day without my kids, I dreamed of her once again. This time she was sitting on the dining room table in front of me - she took my face in her tiny hands and said, "Grammy, it's not time for me to come yet. Mommy and Daddy aren't ready". We hugged and she and I returned to our usual dream activities. I began to call her Ruby in my dreams and we continued a few times a week to have adventures together.
For Christmas that year, hubby bought me a present. Just before I opened it, he explained that I needed to have an open mind about this gift (usually not a good sign). I opened the package to find this beautiful little statue. I started to cry just like a baby - this is the face of the little girl in my dreams. Hubby had a huge smile on his face, knowing that he had nailed this Christmas present. I had told him about my dreams and he said that when he saw this perfect little fairy, he just knew he had to get it for me.
So for Ruby, I used size zero and one needles with Baby Ull yarn to make her this perfectly Ruby colored sweater. Dale of Norway Pattern Book NR 164. It will be tucked away with the rest of the grandbaby trousseau for my perfect little grandbaby when she comes. We will bake cookies and read books and take wonderful walks together when she is ready to come. She will be dressed in a beautiful ruby red sweater that Grammy made for her when she was just a dream.