Tuesday would have been my maternal grandmother’s 85th birthday, and I thought this week would be a good time to show off some of her handiwork on my blog.
I was inspired by Barbara from Made in K-town‘s recent posts (#1 and #2) featuring her grandmother’s crochet to do a post highlighting some of my Nan’s work. My Nan was an amazing needle artist. She was an accomplished seamstress, a machine-like knitter and crocheter, and also enjoyed embroidery now and again. My Mom and her youngest sister picked up the sewing, but neither really took to crocheting or knitting. As a kid, my Nan taught me to crochet, knit, sew, and embroider, but the only thing that really stuck was the crochet. (I picked up the other crafts again as an adult.)
I have only a few of my Nan’s creations in my apartment. On Wednesday, MC and I walked over to Central Park and I took some photos of them – kind of an updated picnic version of the childhood photos above .
My Nan was infamous for leaving pins on the floor by her sewing machine cabinet. In fact, she had rule that you could never go barefoot in her house and always had to wear slippers. She would say it was because it wasn’t sanitary to bring feet that touched the floors into bed (even though she kept the house immaculate), but I think the real reason was so that we wouldn’t end up with pins in our toes. When I brought this pillow from my Mom’s to my apartment, I discovered there was still a pin or two embedded in the stuffing .
It’s amazing how much joy a handmade gift can bring, even many years after it has been given. Each one also holds some really cool memories. What’s your favorite handmade memory?