Once in a while my knitting group gets together and has a themed party. For example, last year we gathered to overdye our previous yarn purchases in the colorway “What-the-hell-was-I-thinking?” – you know the color. Those with expertise share it, and we all benefit.
Our most recent gathering was themed “Things our mothers (or fathers, aunts, uncles…) made.” It was a time for meaningful, and sometimes silly, memories. We all share an appreciation for the memories of our family members making things, and we are glad that as makers of things, we continue the tradition.
Michale’s doll clothes.
April’s sweater, quilt, and wire jewelry.
Arlene’s crocheted coat her mom made, lined of course.
We also enjoyed this spectacular view of the day’s changing weather over Lake Washington.
Arlene’s crocheted piece. We were not sure if it was a bed or table cover, but its border went round all four sides, so we think tablecloth.
April’s sweater (above) and quilt (below).
Pat, wearing her own newly finished sweater, and holding an afghan. Her mom taught her to knit left handed and how to rip and fix mistakes. Mac the cat was on the lookout for loose ends.
Carolyn’s wicked sharp can opener and crocheted hanger.
Michale’s mom’s painted ceramic duck, with a broken and re-glued neck (above). Her quilt is below.
Arlene and Carolyn holding Michale’s doll dresses with lined bodices.
Jacqueline’s granny square blanket and Kaffe Fassett vest.
Mary’s crewel embroidery was so charming! And below is a doll made from grandma’s embroidered pillow cases.
My mom made my sweater for me when I was in high school, and it was similar to one Arlene had purchased years back.
And I made friends with Mac.
Susan was not able to share as her treasures are all in a moving pod, but she did offer sound advice. We need to record these stories, pen to paper, and store them with the treasures so future family members can know their value.