In my sister’s house there are definite things that are done upstairs, and definite things that are done downstairs. When our kids were growing up, my kids knew that when visiting their cousins TV watching and play of all sorts were done downstairs. Upstairs was for sharing a meal, conversation, or listening to music. Our kids are now grown and “upstairs, downstairs” activities recently took on a new meaning.

My sister and I have been able to spend more time together now that we are both retired. We often meet for an afternoon of conversation and knitting. We have taken some online classes, followed @Knit1chgo (a cool knitting store in Chicago), and tried new patterns. Recently, we have taken on the challenge of knitting with multiple colors, known as colorwork. This involves reading charts, counting stitches, and working with several balls of yarn at once. There are many opportunities for mistakes.

“This is really fun,” said Evelyn. “I wish I had learned to do this earlier in my life.”

“Yes, but earlier, we probably didn’t have much concentration power left over after working all day. Knitting was a mindless way for us to relax and unwind from the day,” I replied.

“True.”

“I can’t watch TV and do this colorwork,” said Evelyn. “So this is my upstairs knitting. I need to get an easier project for downstairs.”

“Haha! Upstairs knitting and downstairs knitting.”

We now have a new way to characterize our needlework projects. Can it be done downstairs?

My Upstairs Knitting – Ranier (pattern by Kate Gagnon Osborn
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3 thoughts on “Upstairs, Downstairs

  1. I love the concept of upstairs and downstairs activities and how that’s carried over to knitting. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, but I’m all thumbs! I love the photo of your project! How beautiful!

  2. You are a very understanding sister! She reminds me of my best buddy, who also has precise ideas. What a hoot to imagine two levels of knitting. I love the look of the colorwork!

  3. This is great…just like life takes on new meaning when the kids are grown…so does the home. “Upstairs/downstairs knitting” is great. Who knows, some of those grown young ones may be joining you one day! Great sweater, by the way! 🙂

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