Ainon Tupa #13 May Meeting

Ima Lerner Reporting

(Picture L to R) Caryl Miilu wearing a sweater she knit and a knitted shawl that was given to her; Phyllis Weisinger with knitted slippers, socks, and mittens; Linda Graham wearing a scarf she knit and socks her mother had knit; Elsa Robb with a beautiful knit shawl from Finland and also some socks; and Fran Wiideman with some knitted mittens.
The Kalevan Naiset Ainon Tupa #13 of Mass City held their month of May meeting recently at the Parkview Lodge in Twin Lakes. Each month from August of 2007 to August of 2008, the ladies of Ainon Tupa 13 are having a special Finnish Topic during  their regular meetings as a way to celebrate their centennial (1907 to 2007). The special topic for this month was knitted items. The ladies in the group displayed many beautiful items that they had created themselves, items created by other family members, or   knitted items they purchased.

The discussion of the art of knitting brought back many memories to the ladies. Many spoke of their mothers teaching them how to knit and then becoming very skilled at it. Caryl Miilu said she didn't ever sit down without some knitting needles and yarn in her  lap. She knit sweaters for her daughters and then for her mother, mother-in-law and herself. Phyllis Weisinger had her oldest son's baby booties which were knit 50 years ago by a woman named Ida Wesander. Phyllis Weisinger and Fran Wiideman
reminisced about recycling socks when the toes wore out by using them as wrist and palm warmers for easing arthritis pain. Linda Graham said she could never get the tension correct and her Grandmother all but gave up on trying to teach her the art of knitting. Kris Miilu modeled some bright green mittens she enjoys wearing because they were made by her mother.
Read about previous meetings, read newspapers from Finland and listen to Finnish music at Ironwoodinfo's Finland Connect Page

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