I love that crafting is intergenerational. I think that’s one of the greatest strengths of crafts: connecting and bringing together different age groups, enabling them to talk to each and other, spending time together, doing things together…

It was my grandma who first introduced me to crafting – some time in kindergarten. We would stitch, knit and crochet together before I knew how to read. Later, my granddad repaired my great-grandmother’s old singer sewing machine (one with no electricity but a foot pedal & wheel and nothing but a straight stitch forward) and thus I became the in-house “fashion designer” for my sister’s & her girlfriends’ barbie collection.

Found a pic of my first sewing book:

Now, already then, I thought it was not my “style” and kind of old fashioned … to be sure: my dolls did never ever wear a dirndl! (and yes, when my mom forced that embroidered white blouse on me for my granddad’s 70s, I cried for hours!).

There are a “million” funny (now) stories to share about the stylistic issues of intergenerational crafting (i.e. in my case, my (professional seamstress/fashion designer) grandma & avid knitter mom (“collaborating” with us – or not (often) – in) clothing the entire family. Sure there were tensions and strong opinions – there still are. Still, I cannot thank them enough for their patience, efforts and time to instill this appreciation for crafts and devotion to crafting in me!

I have learned a lot from books, blog tutorial, workshops … but my comfort and easy with these techniques goes back to the intergenerational teaching and practice with my mom and grandma.

What led me to write all this?

I adore the picture N posted of Enid knitting a yarn bombing ladybird on our flickr account.

Hence I am reposting here. It shows so well the capacities for intergenerational exchange and collaboration!

I do wonder though, what Enid thinks about yarn bombing?

On that note: do check out the Graffiti Grannys project:–west-cornwalls-knitting-group-32137/

Local (i.e. south-west England) yarn bombing, intergenerational!!!! So great!


Prototype number 2, delivered by Kristiina this morning, made by Anne last night.

It joins a trail of ladybirds across the Exeter Geography department. Where next?

…. you are everywhere  … as knitted items (thank you Anne), as plastic bag stickers (thank you secret crafter fairy) on my office door and yes, on FTT bags ….

Promised to do some upcycling  and Ian has been talking much about wanting to have an iPad case made out of an FTT bag … not much of  a hand sewer nor embroiderer … do miss my machines … oh serger, you are beautiful … but here is how far I’ve gotten this evening with hole puncher, thread & scissors … upcycled, hand sewn, woven and embroidered FTT bag iPad prototype (now, the “real” one will have some fancy lining etc. via serger and sewing machine) …. hence, more to come … stay tuned!!!


Presenting our ladybird prototype for the Spring yarn bombing in Exeter. What we are going to do is still under discussion, but we have thoughts around knitted ladybirds, making a link to the bags (one here in my under stairs cupboard).  This one was designed and made by Anne incorporating ‘’ into the ladybird’s wings and using pipe cleaners for wing structure (a much admired feature). Anne modified a pattern shared by Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell  on the Stitch London blog. In the first day of circulation this ladybird was used in an open day talk at Exeter Geography department to seemlessly segue from historical geographies of trade to activism and trade justice. It then went to Honiton, where Enid, an 85 year old lifelong knitter was enrolled to knit for the Spring  yarn bombing (whilst also helping me to pick up dropped stitches in my 1st sock project).

We’ll be contributing to Rausfrauen’s call for yarn bombing on March 21st!!!!

First meeting: TUESDAY, February 14th, 12.30 – common room, geography. ALL INVITED!!!!

Bring ideas, crafted objects, materials, tools ….

Also, we’ll be teaming up with in reusing and repurposing their “follow the things” bags and other materials.


Here’s the Rausfrauen’s little blurb:

On the 21st of March (= beginning of spring) we want to welcome spring with fancy colorful art in the open space and we invite you groups to do the same in your towns.

Set up someting (from a small crochet-flower to whatever your imagination and fingers bring up), send us a photo with your name and city and the link to your page ( and we’ll post all of the photos on our facebook-page in a “Spring-awakening”-album.
Feel free to invite fellow knitters, crocheters, sewers, etc. and let’s get connected!
Yours Rausfrauen

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