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Monday, February 16, 2009

Pass it on

My paternal grandmother crocheted but in fillet style, meaning she didn't read a pattern but used graph patterns.......I find it amazing that she made this 40x 24 1/2 picture of the Lords supper. It is made from fine crochet thread and I have no idea how long it took her to complete it. What I do know is that my mother bought the supplies and asked her to make it for her church. I do not know why it didn't end up there but rather was rolled up and found after my mom passed away. I started to sell it in the estate sale but at the last minute decided not to.

I ended up having it mounted and framed and it hangs above the fireplace mantle in the master bedroom ......am so glad I kept it.

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was maybe 10 years or so and we too used the thin crochet thread and made dollies and the like, crocheting with yarn wasn't really done much back then. Now, for the most part, people crochet with yarn and the dollies and etc. are things of the past.

After I married I had a desire to learn to knit so between books and a friend I learned the English way but let me tell you........I had those needles everywhere, stuck in my blouse, in my hair and etc. so my knitting accomplishments were very limited. Recently, I learned to knit continental style and I have found it to suit me well so I have been busy as a bee.

I tried to teach my daughter crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing and etc. but I am right handed and she is left handed and it just never worked out BUT I have great news.....my granddaughter (11 years old) has shown a great interest in learning so I went and bought one of the popular knitting loom sets and she has taken to it like a duck to water!! I had her over Thursday and showed her how to do it and by Sat. she had her first hat finished (she is going to join me in knitting hats for the homeless). She is coming today to let me help her take it off the loom and now my daughter says she wants to learn too so they can knit together!

I am so excited about having this special connection with my Granddaughter and she has said she wants me to teach her to sew too. I have had so many special times making things and have saved money in the process........

Everyone has special gifts and talents ......don't forget to pass them on.

8 comments:

Lady Di Tn said...

I am so glad you kept it at the last moment. It is beautiful. What a joy to have a Granddaughter to share your talents with. I tried the thin cotton and the center of my dollie was as big as the whole piece. So I went back to yarn. Having done much sewing or crocheting any lately as painting takes my extra time. Peace

Kacey said...

There were days when antimacassars covered everyone's couches and chairs, but all doilies seem to have gone the way of the horse and buggy. I'm so happy you were able to get your granddaughter excited about knitting. I have three children and all are lefties, but I taught them how to knit when they were young. Nobody knits now, but my oldest is hooked on quilting. She keeps my Pfaff at her house and I use my Bernina Artista. When I had to run home from Florida, I left the Bernina there and had to borrow my Pfaff for a few weeks. I think she wants me back in Florida, so she can have her machine back. I would be in quilter's withdrawal without a bunch of fabric and a good machine closeby. Hope my only granddaughter decides to take up sewing, but it doesn't seem likely right now. Lucky you!

Farmchick said...

I think it is wonderful that you are taking the time to have that relationship with your grandaughter.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, Sue tried with a little success to teach my left handed Daughter to knit, but did better at crochet.

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful way to bond with your granddaughter and what a wonderful thing to pass along to her. It is becoming a lost art.

The Last Supper was just awesome - glad you kept it!

Granny Annie said...

I love the Lord's Supper so much. Oh my goodness, just think of the hours that went into making it. It is thrilling and you are so fortunate to own such a masterpiece.

Linda G. said...

The Lord's Supper is a treasure, Changes!
I love it that you're teaching your Granddaughter the old skills. You never know when they might be very handy in the coming years..
And hats for the homeless is a wonderful thing:)

silverlight said...

Sometimes things skip a generation. She is so lucky the have you to teach her.
I had to to teach myself.