Lessons Learned at Grammas Knee

5 years ago

 

 

 

As Children and in my case as even a young adult, we are so busy living each day we do not take the time to fully appreciate the daily lessons we learn.  My Grandmother crocheted for as long as she could remember and that is how she supplemented her income, bought us gifts and paid her bills right up until she went to the nursing home. She crocheted beautiful christening outfits, doilies but her two best sellers were newborn baby sweater sets and hooded sweaters. Not a baby in our family came home from the hospital in anything other than one of those sweaters. My girls and nieces were always dressed in something Gram had whipped up just for them and at many times they all matched. There were the same few craft shows she did each year that brought back her repeat customers and helped her fill her little nest egg in case of emergency .  The old stand by , the crochet topped dish towels were always on hand, but customers came back time and again for the dainty doilies and dresser scarfs. Beautiful crocheted snowflakes and the treasured baby blankets. During her later years I came to stay with her and to share time I once again picked up a crochet hook and under her supervision began to crochet. Not her baby sweater set because that pattern she kept tucked away inn her memory and never shared. She did though, teach me as much about crochet as she did about family and what that means...not just those under your roof but all those who you hold dear. Now years after she is gone and I have grandkids of my own I know exactly how she felt about us.The other precious gift is crocheting! I would never have guessed back in my 20's or 30's that I could even make something yet alone open a shop and sell my items. I have to laugh when I think , oh no, I am my Gram! The other night I went to sleep with an idea for something new, got up... yarn in hand a whipped one up as she would say. I am still amazed. I am sure she is up the looking down and very proud. She had a hand in all of this and I am very grateful for all the time I had to spend at her side learning the important life lessons like it is not how much you have but WHO you have.  Things are of very little importance. Also how to crochet. If you would like to see some of my work visit http://www.GrammasGifts.Etsy.com

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