Tradition keeps mother-daughter duo close knit

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Flower Mound resident Kathy Crum and her daughter, Melinda Crum Taylor, recently won top honors at the State Fair of Texas.

Knitting for more than 40 years, Crum said she decided to enter some items in the state fair for the first time.

She won honorable mention in needlework and sewing for a child’s sweater in bright variegated colors and first place for a little girl’s dress in bright spring green with fingering weight, cotton yarn.

Her daughter, a doctor of pharmacy from Texas Tech who is the pharmacist in charge at a Kroger in Grapevine, also won honorable mention at the state fair in the needlepoint, crewel, and counted cross stitch category for a counted cross stitch Christmas ornament she did on 32 fount Irish linen.

On one side, Taylor did an outline of Texas with “Have a Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all” stitched inside of it. The flip side has a spray of bluebonnets, her mother said. She also embellished the designs with gold thread.

Crum said she was in junior high when she and her mother took free knitting classes at Sears with the stipulation that all supplies had to be purchased at the store.

She still has the original knitting needles and pattern books bought for the two series of classes. Though her mother’s talent was in crocheting, Crum said she has continued to hone her knitting skills over the years.

One of her oldest knitting books was picked up during a junior high school field trip to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Crum said her daughter took up cross stitch at the age of 6 or 7 and has continued to develop her skills ever since.

“She has taken this art form way beyond my skills,” Crum wrote.

She’s thankful for the lessons she and her mother took together, especially as her mother was busy raising a large family.

It is a tradition this mother-daughter duo plan to continue.

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