Needlecraft is something I grew up around. My Grandma crocheted as did my Mom. Mom also loved embroidery and Swedish Embroidery. I have all of the wonderful things she's made over the years. They are things I treasure and will pass down to my own children. Grandma was a seamstress when she was younger and loved to sew. Many of the clothes my brothers and I wore she made for us. Her sewing machine, an ol' work-horse Singer, used to fly--she sewed so fast. I used to lay across her bed and watch her hands and that ol' machine work up some glorious creations.
I watched my Mom and Grandma crochet in the evenings, as we watched television; and it all looked of so complicate to me.. My Mom had taught me embroidery, but I didn't really enjoy it much--it bored me to tears. Today my daughter, Debbie (who has inherited that embroidery gene), does some of the most beautiful counted cross-stitch I've ever seen. My Aunt Hilda knitted and taught me when I was in my teens. Although I don't knit now, I kept the wooden knitting needles she gave me, and recently gave them to Debbie--as she enjoys knitting wonderful creations.
When my children were little I loved sewing clothes for them. With four growing children it was also economical--never mind the fact that they loved having something no one else did. I taught myself to crochet by reading one of my Mom's old crochet books. I have several of the old books from the 1940's and truly treasure them, and have since added to my collection at garage sales and finds at antique stores. I started with thread and crocheted doilies and some simple things for my children--Barbie dresses and sweaters for their dolls. I didn't have a lot of spare time back then, with four growing children, a house to take care of and a full-time job. So I packed everything away for awhile. The awhile wound up to be several years, as life changed and the little ones grew and left the nest.
Several years ago I started crocheting for enjoyment and relaxation, and to keep my ever aching fingers moving. When my Grandson, Cory, was born 7 years ago, I picked up my hooks and went to town--sweaters, booties and blankets. Hats and a bunting just to name a few. After that, there were several afghans for family members and 5 years ago, I became a Grandma again--both my daughters had daughters weeks apart from each other. I been working my hooks ever since then, and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours or days to finish everything I want to make.
I enjoy going to garage sales and picking up whatever books, yarn, hooks, needles I can find--anything have to do with crochet. I found a gold-mine a few years back--boxes filled with skeins of yarn and crochet hooks of all sorts and sizes, plus loads of knitting needles. I bought a few skeins of the yarn (some of it was quite old (from Grant's and Woolwoth's, but in great condition) and all the hardware the lady had. I went home and thought about it--the next day I went back and asked if she still had any of the yarn left--she did--all the boxes filled to the brim hand not sold. What luck!! I bought it all and have since used most of it, and what I didn't like and knew I wouldn't use gave to a local group who sells things to support a children's activities program.
On the following pages you'll see my adorable Grandchildren modeling some for the things I've made.
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