Born and raised in Montreal, Margaret moved to Vancouver as a young bride in 1965. She and her hubby moved to the West End & she’s lived there ever since! She got a job with a family owned real estate firm shortly after her arrival to Vancouver and has been a loyal employee for almost 50 years.
Margaret remembers her Mother teaching her to knit, but it was a very special grade 7 teacher that got her “hooked”. Her teacher wanted the class to knit for the Red Cross, and her first donated project was a green vest. She recalls having to stretch one side of the vest to make it the same size as the other one when whipping it together. Thus began her life long devotion to charity knitting.
Knit Knowledge & Know how:
A long time subscriber to Interweave Knit & Knit Simple magazines, Margaret says that if she makes something out of one of the magazines, she’s lucky! She loves them for their articles. She always has a pair of socks on the needles and can be found knitting almost everywhere…buses, restaurants, knit nights. Most of her projects are donated or given to family and her afghans are often raffled for charity. Her beautiful Lucy Neatby afghan, Dominos, donated at the December 2013 WCKG meeting, garnered a sizable donation to Nova House.
Cables & Lace:
Her most enjoyable knitting is for charity and her latest donation, mentioned above, was a pleasure to knit. Using Noro Silk Garden in beautiful variegated colours, the afghan was highly sought after & the winner is thoroughly enjoying her prize!
Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:
Margaret describes a sweater kit from about 20 years ago that contained “mop” cotton yarn. The sweater just wouldn’t come together properly and was not terribly attractive so after frogging it about 3 times, she just gave up and threw it away…much to some fellow knitters dismay!
Hands down, her favourite yarns are Noro Silk Garden and Plymouth Encore. The Plymouth yarn, used when knitting for children, is a wonderful combination of acrylic & wool & a pleasure to knit with, she says. Challenging to find here in B.C., she gets it shipped from a LYS in Ontario. Margaret is a lover of any shade of red and to a lesser degree purple. She especially enjoys knitting with variegated yarns.
“I’d love to own a yarn shop. I wouldn’t really want to work in it, I’d just drop by and visit & knit & enjoy the surroundings !”
Nancy Vivien (a founder of the WCKG) invited her to join some time in the ’80’s. She’s been on various committees over the years & loves to come to the meetings to see what’s on everyone’s needles. It should also be mentioned that people love to see what’s on her needles too!
Purls of Wisdom:
“Read to get inspired and to see what other knitters think”.