07 May 2009

mothers x 3

I have three mothers, one biological, one adopted and one in-law. All three are very special to me (and yes, this also means I have three fathers).

I have just deleted a couple of paragraphs that explained the above in more detail but it became too personal, and may be saved for another bloggy day. I suppose what does matter is that all three women play a very important role in my life, not just as an example to me but as an ideal of what type of mother I should be. Right now, with about a week before baby is due, I'm feeling that the role of a mother is such an important one, and desperately hope that I can live up to it.

Having said all that, I thought I'd share some of the presents I've made for these special ladies (I know 2 of them don't read this blog!) -
This is the Jane Market Bag, I bought the pattern on-line courtesy of Posy Gets Cozy. It's an antidote to the green grocery shopping bags which, though very environmentally friendly, aren't really that attractive.
I made mine out of discontinued upholstery samples (Swaffer has been very good to me!), from Ant's work. The pattern was very user friendly and came together in no time. I wouldn't mind making a couple more for myself.
And some fingerless mitts for the mother-in-law. I think the pattern was from Ravelry, if not then it was Knitty. It's been some time since I did cables, but again, the pattern was easy to read and they knitted up a treat. I also want to make a pair for me, but not until I've finished Ant's socks....

It's interesting that all 3 of my mothers have and are prolific knitters, especially when they had growing families themselves. I like to think that I'll continue to follow in their footsteps.


  1. With those sentiments just shared, I'd say you are going to be the most wonderful mother.

  2. Well Jen, it's important to remember that you will put your own stamp on motherhood, distilling the best of what you have learned from these marvellous women in your life. Your shopping bag is such a great pattern and so much more attractive than the green ones. The mittens are lovely - how marvellous that you have the legacy of knitting in your family. Don't forget to teach your own children this wonderful craft.

    Happy Stitching (and knitting)...Ann :)

  3. oh Jen I didn't realize it was only a week til your due date!
    What a wonderful post. You will be a great Mom. With all of your Moms to learn from and as Ann said adding your own gifts to the mix.
    What a blessed child this will be.
    Take care,

  4. Of course you will live up to it Jen...you have 3 very special people behind you and I'm sure you will follow in their footsteps!!!
    Great looking bag there and yes much more attracitve than the green ones.
    Looking forward to your news...Take Care and all the best to you and Ant...Dzintra ♥x

  5. You'll be a great Mum! And if you're anything like me you'll knit lots. I found it was what I did for me, to relax. Knitting is so easy to pick up whenever there is a quiet moment.

    Now Chloe wants to knit with me which is lovely but it involves her sticking random knitting needles through my knitting - makes it quite unwieldy!

    Oh, and thanks for the market photos. They're great.

  6. I think you will be a wonderful Mum!
    I also make my own grocery bags.
    You are lucky to have so many mothers!
    I only have one, and she lives over there in Australia, so I hardly ever see her now.
    Only 1 week or so to go!
    Good luck. ... and all the best.

  7. Popping back in to say I've nicked some more photos. I really hope you don't mind.

    Hope you have a lovely relaxing last few days. Can't wait to bump into you around town with a little one!