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Keeping a Legacy Alive
Created By: Val Winthrope

Forty two years ago, when I was six, my grandmother, who at that time was in her sixties, taught me how to crochet granny squares. She had crocheted baby weight granny square afghans for many years for the hospital, and I in fact still own the last one she ever made.

This was a difficult task for her to take on, because she was right handed, and I was very definitely left handed. But we did it!

Many years later (I was an adult by then), when opening Christmas gifts, my mother opened the cotton nighgown I had made with handcrocheted lace attached. Upon seeing this, my grandmother exclaimed, "where did you learn to do that?". I told her that I had learned from her. She responded by saying "I certainly never taught you how to do that!!" But she had taught me the stitches.

I have continued to be an avid crocheter for those entire 42 years, and now have no children or grandchildren of my own, and am the only family member to have carried this craft on from my grandmother. Neither my mother, my aunts or other sisters have done so.

But! I have four nieces, and have now taught two of them so far to crochet - even though they are right handed - and they have both returned home to their mothers and said "Auntie Val is making a tradition so she taught us to crochet".

Hopefully one of them will be crocheting long after I am gone, as I am, long after my grandmother has passed on, and keep her legacy alive.

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